Current Members


Ryan Bullock, PhD

Ryan is the Canada Research Chair in Human-Environment Interactions (Tier II), Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences and Director of the Centre for Forest Interdisciplinary Research at The University of Winnipeg. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Environment and Sustainability Research Centre at Brock University. His research focuses on conflict and cross-cultural collaboration in multi-level environmental resource governance systems, policy and program analysis, and community-based research approaches. He works with northern and indigenous communities to investigate options for building community resilience. Ryan is lead editor of Growing Community Forests: Practice, Research and Advocacy in Canada (University of Manitoba Press, 2017), and he is lead author of Community Forestry: Local Values, Conflict and Forest Governance (Cambridge Press, 2012). His research has been recently published in international peer-reviewed journals such as Natural Resources Forum, Forest Policy and Economics, and Society and Natural Resources.

alan-diduckAlan Diduck, PhD

Alan is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at the University of Winnipeg and a member of the Centre for Forest Interdisciplinary Research. Prior to joining the University of Winnipeg, Alan was a lawyer and Executive Director of Community Legal Education Association, a social profit organization providing public legal education and information services. Alan’s research focuses on citizen involvement in environmental governance, the learning implications of involvement, and the consequences for social aspects of sustainability, such as equity, empowerment and capacity development. Alan’s work encompasses impact assessment, risk management, and institutional and policy analysis, and it includes involvement and learning at multiple societal levels, e.g., individuals, groups, organizations and communities.

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Melanie Zurba, PhD

Dr. Melanie Zurba joined the Environment and Society (EnSo) Collaborative Laboratory in July 2017. Dr. Zurba focuses on community-engaged research, environmental governance, collaboration and social change. Her PhD is in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from the Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba where she conducted her doctoral thesis on the collaborative governance of forestlands in northwestern Ontario. Through this thesis work she explored learning processes and outcomes relating to governance and the implications for social and structural reconciliation. Dr. Zurba’s broader research program has been geographically focused in Canada and Australia, but also spans the globe through her work on global policy frameworks that aim to support Indigenous rights, land tenure and leadership in environmental decision-making. Her work with the EnSo co-lab includes research on renewable (bio)energy development, northern wellbeing, intergenerational decision-making, and adaptation in the face of climate change. Dr. Zurba has been an active member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) and the Theme on Governance, Equity and Rights (TGER) since 2011.

Ryan Bullock-12Nicholas Palaschuk

In 2010, Nicholas graduated from the University of Winnipeg completing a four year B.Sc majoring in biology with emphasis on forest policy and management. Nicholas is currently completing his first year of graduate studies at The University of Winnipeg and expects to graduate with an M.Sc in Bioscience, Technology and Public Policy within the next two years. Working as part of an interdisciplinary research team with Dr. Ryan Bullock and the Environment and Society Research Group at The University of Winnipeg, Nicholas will conduct a case study of how the Missanabie Cree First Nation incorporates traditional ecological knowledge and local social values into forest planning and development processes. Nicholas’ community-based research will examine the relationship between the Treaty Land Entitlement Claim of the Missanabie Cree First Nation and the provincial forest management system. By outlining key interdependencies between forest governance and Aboriginal land use planning, Nicholas’ research will target the potential socio-economic benefits of non-timber forest products for increasing the resilience of First Nations communities in boreal forest regions.


Miranda Hamilton

Miranda is a Research Assistant with the Environment and Society Research Group. She is currently in the process of completing her Applied B.Sc at both the University of Winnipeg and Red River College, majoring in environmental sciences.

headshot May 18 2018Julia Antonyshyn

Julia is a Senior Research Assistant with the Environment and Society Research Group. In the fall of 2018, Julia will begin the third year of her four-year B.A. at the University of Winnipeg, majoring in Environmental Studies in the Issues in Sustainability stream. Julia’s work with the ESRG currently focuses on the Climate Learning and Adaptation for Northern Development (C-LAND) project.

Previous Members

G_CloutisGeneva Cloutis (May 2016 – April 2017)

Degree: BSc (Honours) in Environmental Science (Global Environmental Systems)

Thesis title: Towards an Indigenous-specific engagement process for environmental assessment in Manitoba

S_Eidse_HeadshotSavannah Eidse

Savannah was a Research Assistant for the Centre for Forest Interdisciplinary Research (C-FIR). She completed her B.Sc in 2017, majoring in environmental sciences with a focus on forest policy & management. She plans to continue her forestry studies as a Master’s student. Her research interests include wildlife habitat management and participatory approaches for social and environmental sustainability.

julia_lawlerJulia Lawler

Julia Lawler completed a B.ES at UWaterloo in Environment and Resource Studies, and completed her M.Sc. in the Bioscience, Technology, and Public Policy Program at The University of Winnipeg in 2017. Her research interests include community-based resource management, and social and environmental sustainability.