Ryan Bullock, PhD
Ryan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences and Director of the Centre for Forest Interdisciplinary Research at The University of Winnipeg. 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 resource and indigenous communities to investigate options for building community resilience. Ryan is lead author of Community Forestry: Local Values, Conflict and Forest Governance (Cambridge Press, 2012), which examines the promises and pitfalls of local forest management arrangements in Canada, the USA and Northern Europe. His research has been recently published in international peer-reviewed journals such as Forest Policy and Economics, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, and Society and Natural Resources.
Alan Diduck, PhD
I am 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 UWinnipeg, I was a lawyer and Executive Director of Community Legal Education Association, a social profit organization providing public legal education and information services. My 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. My 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.
Julia Lawler completed a B.ES at the University of Waterloo in Environment and Resource Studies, and is currently an M.Sc. candidate in the Bioscience, Technology, and Public Policy Program at The University of Winnipeg. Her research interests include community-based resource management, and social and environmental sustainability.
In 2010, graduated from the University of Winnipeg completing a four year B.Sc majoring in biology with emphasis on forest policy and management. I am currently completing my first year of graduate studies at The University of Winnipeg, expecting 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, I 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. My 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, my 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.
Savannah is a Research Assistant for the Centre for Forest Interdisciplinary Research (C-FIR), and is currently in her final year of a B.Sc at the University of Winnipeg, 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.
Geneva is currently in her final year of a B.Sc double major in Environmental Science and Physical Geography at the University of Winnipeg. Her focus is global environmental systems, and she is currently studying Indigenous engagement in environmental assessment in Manitoba. Geneva hopes to continue this work in a Master’s degree, looking at re-conceptualizing engagement activities to align with Indigenous aspirations regarding resource development
Miranda is a Research Assistant for the Environment and Society Research Group, currently in the process of completing her Applied B.Sc at both the University of Winnipeg and Red River College, majoring in environmental sciences.