News and Events

Congratulations Michelle

January 9, 2017

Recent WPGG alum Michelle Morris will take up a position with the Goverment of Alberta as Groundwater Policy Advisor starting in February. Congratulations and best wishes Michelle!

Alumni News

October 31, 2016

Master's graduate Alyssa Roth is the new Community Engagement Coordinator for the South East Alberta Watershed Alliance, based out of Medicine Hat, Alberta. This position builds perfectly on the experiences Alyssa' gained through her research on collaborative planning for low water response in Ontario. A refereed journal article in Ecological Economics is in press and should be out soon.

PhD graduate Marie Claire Brisbois is now in Ottawa, where she has a Mitacs-funded posting as a anadian Science Policy Fellow in the Office of the Chief Scientist, Natural Resources Canada, through the Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa. This work is taking her well beyond the water field, and building her expertise in a host of other environmental policy domains.

Finally, our newest alum is Michelle Morris, who successfully defended her PhD thesis in September, 2016.

Marie Claire Brisbois runner-up for 2015 Oran R. Young Prize

December 15, 2015

Congratulations to WPGG alumna Marie Claire Brisbois, who was the runner-up for the 2015 Oran R. Young Prize for her paper Natural resource industry involvement in collaboration for water governance: influence on processes and outcomes. Marie Claire received the good news while attending the 2015 Earth Systems Governance Conference in Canberra.

According to the announcement, “The Oran R. Young Prize awarded by the Earth System Governance Project seeks to reward and encourage cutting-edge research on earth system governance by early-career scholars who could become the next generation of leading scholars in the field of environmental governance research – a field shaped and significantly influenced by the pioneering work of Prof. Oran R. Young. Read more about the Prize here.”
 

WPGG members Marie Claire Brisbois and Natalya Melnychuk are presenting at the 2015 ESG meeting.

PhD Opportunity: Challenging how we think about water governance

December 14, 2015

Are you interested in challenging the ways in which we approach governance for water in Canada. I am recruiting a new member for a team that will help me undertake my project: Rethinking water governance: towards a new agenda for research and practice.

The premise behind this project is that the water community has been slow to recognize that actors, institutions and drivers external to the water sector can determine the ability to achieve desired water governance outcomes. How best to respond is an open question. Specific objectives for the project as a whole include (1) evaluating current understanding in the literature of external considerations that affect water governance; (2) identifying and assessing external considerations that are relevant to Canadian water governance; and, (3) charting an agenda for a more systemic approach to research and practice that accounts for external considerations relevant to specific Canadian water governance contexts.

Rethinking water governance: towards a new agenda for research and practice technically is a "water" project, but the ideal applicant is not necessarily already a water expert. I am also seeking people with backgrounds in areas that intersect somehow with water. If you don't have a strong background in water, you'll have a chance to add that expertise during your studies. However, a strong background in and aptitude for working within the broad domain of "environmental governance" is essential. I'm also interested in people who have backgrounds in areas as diverse as climate change, international relations, trade, finance, energy policy, etc. These are all domains that intersect in important ways with water. Contact Rob de Loë to discuss your fit, and for a copy of the project summary.

As a PhD student member of the team, you'll have the chance to carve out a project within the umbrella of my larger project. The proposal does not define the topics PhD students will address! Instead, I am counting on new PhD students to identify theoretical problems and empirical studies that (a) reflect their interests and expertise, and (b) support the project and help advance its objectives.

Funding is guaranteed for four years.

PhD students working with me will enroll in the PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability (which is operated by the Department of Environment and Resource Studies). This is one of several vibrant PhD programs in the Faculty of Environment. You can expect to be part of a large group of outstanding graduate students, faculty and post-doctoral researchers.

For more information:

Rob de Loë

ERS PhD program

Water Policy and Governance Group:

Faculty of Environment Doctoral Initiative

Congratulations award winners

November 26, 2015

Congratulations to our WPGG award winners! Marie Claire Brisbois defended her PhD in 2015 and was the winner of the 2015 of the Faculty of Environment's Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies Award for her work.Incoming Master's student Allison Turner is a winner of one of the RBC Water Scholarship awarded by the University of Waterloo's Water Institute.

New Report: Addressing Drought: A Survey of Canadian and International Experiences

October 26, 2015

We've just published a major report from a project that explored the role of collaboration in drought management. This report, co-authored by Alyssa Roth and Rob de Loë, with assistance from our project partners, surveys Canadian and international experiences in using collaboration as part of drought planning process. The report is the final product from our project funded through the Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network.

We compared eleven drought management processes from Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia using a conceptual framework that investigated how decisions are made and by whom, the role of state actors, manifestations of authority and program evaluation practices. Data were collected from documents and key informant interviews. We found that collaboration played multiple roles in drought management and planning, including addressing impacts of drought and determining drought conditions. Drawing on insights from this research, the report synthesizes implications for Ontario’s approach to drought management.

A copy of the report is available for free download.

 

Master's Opportunity

January 28, 2015

A masters (thesis) position is available for an exceptional student with an interest in pursuing transdisciplinary graduate research in social-ecological systems and geospatial methods, focused on water resources. The position is situated within the research programs of Drs. Ryan Plummer, Julia Baird and Marilyne Jollineau, whose research explores water resources and the themes of resilience, governance and climate change adaptation. Candidates for this masters position must also display a keen interest in developing both scholarly and applied skills during their studies.

More information is available.

New PhD Opportunities: Challenging how we think about water governance

December 10, 2014

Are you interested in challenging the ways in which we approach governance for water in Canada. I am recruiting new members for a team that will help me undertake a new five year project: Rethinking water governance: towards a new agenda for research and practice.

The premise behind this project is that the water community has been slow to recognize that actors, institutions and drivers external to the water sector can determine the ability to achieve desired water governance outcomes. How best to respond is an open question. Specific objectives for the project as a whole include (1) evaluating current understanding in the literature of external considerations that affect water governance; (2) identifying and assessing external considerations that are relevant to Canadian water governance; and, (3) charting an agenda for a more systemic approach to research and practice that accounts for external considerations relevant to specific Canadian water governance contexts.

While this is a "water" project, I am recruiting students with a wide range of relevant backgrounds that intersect somehow with water. If you don't have a strong background in water, you'll have a chance to add that expertise during your studies. However, a strong background in and aptitude for working within the broad domain of "environmental governance" is essential. I'm also interested in people who have backgrounds in areas as diverse as climate change, international relations, trade, finance, energy policy, etc. These are all domains that intersect in important ways with water. Contact Rob de Loë to discuss your fit.

As a PhD student member of the team, you'll have the chance to carve out a project within the umbrella of my larger project. The proposal does not define the topics PhD students will address! Instead, I am counting on new PhD students to identify theoretical problems and empirical studies that (a) reflect their interests and expertise, and (b) support the project and help advance its objectives.

Funding is guaranteed for four years.

PhD students working with me will join the Environment and Resource Studies PhD program. This is one of several vibrant PhD programs in the Faculty of Environment. You can expect to be part of a large group of outstanding graduate students, faculty and post-doctoral researchers.

For more information:

Rob de Loë

ERS PhD program

Water Policy and Governance Group:

Faculty of Environment Doctoral Initiative

 

Understanding and Acting at Loweswater: Nigel Watson, visiting RBC Water Fellow, presents findings from his work

November 24, 2014

Dr. Nigel Watson from Lancaster University is the inaugural RBC Water Fellow. He is based at the University of Waterloo until December 22nd, and is being hosted by the Water Institute. His office is in the Department of Environment and Resource Studies (Room 2039).

Nigel recently delivered a seminar on 'Understanding and Acting at Loweswater’. A video of his talk is available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLmRQcMUt1g&list=PLawkBQ15NDEkajDjQxgbRZ...

Welcome James Patterson

September 1, 2014

James Patterson is our new Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. James holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Management from the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (2014). His research is in support of our new SSHRC project Rethinking Water Governance.

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