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. 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 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 Ambio, Energy Research and Social Science, Environmental Policy and Governance, and Journal of Planning Education and Research.

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 UWinnipeg’s Centre for Forest Interdisciplinary Research and Environment & Society Research Group. Alan is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Environment and Geography and the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Manitoba. Prior to joining UWinnipeg in 2002, 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 program deals with community involvement in environmental governance, particularly environmental impact assessment. An important focus of his work is the learning implications of involvement and the consequences for social aspects of sustainability. Alan studies non-formal, informal and social learning and different types of outcomes, such as cognitive, value, behavioural, relational, policy and institutional change. His work covers various levels of social organization (e.g., individuals, groups and organizations) and different aspects of social sustainability (e.g., adaptive capacity, environmental justice and socio-political empowerment).

Headshot high res (6 of 9)Julia Antonyshyn, B.A. (Hons.)

Julia is a Senior Research Assistant with the Environment and Society Research Group. She completed a B.A. Honours at the University of Winnipeg, majoring in Environmental Studies in the Issues in Sustainability stream, her degree culminating in her thesis, The evolving role of trust in Innu-Provincial natural resource relationships. Julia’s work with the ESRG currently focuses on the Climate Learning and Adaptation for Northern Development (C-LAND) project.

BryanneBryanne Lamoureux, B.A. (Hons.)

Bryanne is a Senior Research Assistant with the Environment and Society Research Group. She has recently completed a B.A. Honours in Environmental Studies in the Urban Environments stream and a three-year B.A. in Sociology. Her honours thesis, A greenhouse in the inner-city: Community-led development in the Spence Neighbourhood, was completed in collaboration with the Spence Neighbourhood Association. Bryanne is currently focusing on a project about Manitoba’s Bioeconomy, C-LAND, and general research with the ESRG.


Michael Kvern

Michael is a fourth-year student undertaking an B.A. Honours in Geography. Michael’s thesis aims to develop the foundations of a community energy plan for Churchill, Manitoba by providing energy consumption data and facilitating a vision and priorities to guide future energy planning. Michael is also researching the nexus of energy security and resilience, and how that can inform new regional scale definitions of energy security. In addition to his thesis project, Michael is a Research Assistant working jointly with the Environment and Society Research Group and Dr. Patricia Fitzpatrick of the University of Winnipeg’s Geography Department.


Mel headshotMelanie Zurba, PhD – Dalhousie University

Dr. Melanie Zurba joined the Environment and Society (EnSo) Collaborative Laboratory in July 2017. Dr. Zurba’s work focuses on projects that are developed and implemented in collaboration with communities. She has worked collaboratively with Indigenous communities in Canada and abroad on projects focusing on co-management of species and protected areas, shared forest tenure agreements, Clean Environment Commission hearings for water regulation, land use and occupancy mapping studies, food sovereignty, health promotion and wellbeing, and land-based learning and curriculum development. Her work has also contributed to public discussion on what “reconciliation” means in Canada through her work on learning and relationship building through the shared-governance of land. Dr Zurba is also interested in how global policy frameworks affect community participation in the day-to-day management of the environment. She has been an active member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) and is currently the Chair of the Theme on Governance, Equity and Rights (TGER). Her work with the EnSo co-lab included research on renewable (bio)energy development, northern wellbeing, intergenerational decision-making, and adaptation in the face of climate change.

ESRG Alumni 


Geneva Cloutis, B.Sc. (2016 – 2017)

Degree: B.Sc. (Honours) in Environmental Science (Global Environmental Systems)

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

ArianeAriane Dilay, B.Sc. (2017 to 2018)

Degree: B.Sc. (Honours) in Environmental Science (Global Environmental Systems)

Thesis: Environmental Justice in India: A study on the use of environmental impact assessment in environmental courts.

S_Eidse_HeadshotSavannah Eidse, B.Sc. (2016 – 2017)

Degree: B.Sc. in Environmental Science (Forest Policy and Management)

Thesis: A Comparative Policy Analysis of Community Forest Tenures in Canada: Lessons for Manitoba

ShannonShannon Ganter, B.Sc. (2017 – 2018)

Degree: B.Sc. (Honours) in Environmental Science (Global Environmental Systems)

Thesis: Conflict Prevention and Resolution in Environmental Impact Assessment: A Study on the Gjøvik Eidsiva Plant

Miranda_headshot_cropped.pngMiranda Hamilton

Degree: B.Sc. (Honours) in Environmental Science (Environmental Chemistry) and Bachelor of Business Administration.

Thesis: An institutional analysis of the Portage Community Pasture as a common property resource

lange_largeKaya Lange, Mitacs (Summer 2019)

Kaya was a Mitacs Globalink Research Intern with the Environmental and Society Research Group. Kaya is from the Leuphana University Lueneburg in Germany, where she studied Environmental Science and Economics. Kaya’s work supported the ESRG on multiple projects, including the C-LAND project.

julia_lawlerJulia Lawler, B.Sc., M.Sc. (2014 – 2017)

Degree: M.Sc. (Bioscience, Technology, and Public Policy)

Thesis: Assessing Indigenous Control & Benefits through Manitoba’s Timber Allocation Program

j_luedeeJonathan Luedee, PhD (2019 – 2020)

Jonathan is a Faculty of Arts and Science Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. He was postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at The University of Winnipeg and a member of the Environment & Society Research Group (ESRG) from 2019 – 2020.

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Nicholas Palaschuk, B.Sc., M.Sc. (2015 – 2018)

Degree: M.Sc. (Bioscience, Technology, and Public Policy)

Thesis: Community-based criteria and values for non-timber forest products management in the traditional territory of the Missanabie Cree First Nation

Yihang SheYihang She, Mitacs (Summer 2018)

Yihang was a Mitacs Globalink Research Intern with the Environmental and Society Research Group. Yihang is from Nanjing University in China, where he majored in Geographic Information Science.  Yihang’s work with the ESRG focused on Forest-Community Innovation Networks.