Global Environmental Change Group
This applied research group, based in the Department of Geography at the University of Guelph, is currently inactive.
Since 2002 the group has made significant scholarly and practical contributions in the fields of climate change vulnerability and adaptation, resilience and capacity building, risk management, international development, governance, health and livelihood enhancement.
Through engagement with communities and stakeholders, research outcomes have been incorporated into development projects, resource management initiatives, and economic policies. Team members have collaborated with researchers and practitioners from universities, governments, and non-governmental agencies in Canada and internationally. Work has been undertaken across Canada and in many parts of the globe, including the Arctic, Chile, Bangladesh, Africa and the South Pacific.
The group has covered themes including agriculture, drylands, coastal and polar environments, resource-related development issues, and the wine industry. The work has been widely published, and has contributed to developments in theory and conceptual modeling, methodologies for participatory community vulnerability assessments, and practical applications.
Dr Barry Smit retired in 2013, although he remains engaged in the field (firstname.lastname@example.org) as University Professor Emeritus, SSHRC Gold Medal awardee, and as an independent consultant. Former group members, continuing to research and practice in the field, include Dr Jackie Dawson, Dr Tara Holland, Dr Carolyn Peach-Brown, Dr Tristan Pierce, Dr James Ford, Dr Johanna Wandel, Dr Robert McLeman, Liette Connolly-Boutin, Sandra McCubbin, Mark Andrachuk, Monica Hadarits, Laura Fleming, Lisa Westerhoff, Laura Matheson, Meghan McKenna, Ruth DeSantis, Gwen Young, Suzanne Belliveau, Erin Pratley, Jennifer Pouliotte and Karen Sutherland.
The activities and publications described in this website cover the period to 2011 only. For more recent projects, publications and applications by group collaborators please go to their current personal websites
Photo credits (left to right) Gwen Young, Gwen Young, Jennifer Pouliotte, James Ford.