I am always looking for outstanding graduate students with interests and expertise in environmental governance most generally. More narrowly, my current research funding would support: 2-3 MA students focused on any of: formal and informal permitting processes in Canada's mining sector; Indigenous communities and energy transitions; agri-environmental stewardship in highly productive landscapes. Looking for students to begin fall 2017.
Please contact me regarding potential graduate student opportunities. I am interested in working with students who have a background and a keen interest in the policies and technologies underpinning renewable energy development and energy transitions. Themes guiding the graduate research project and training could include, but are not limited to, community energy planning, multi-level energy governance, energy transition management from a human-environment perspective, and a broadly defined resource geography (e.g., from a GIS/spatial analysis perspective and/or a political ecology perspective). See my webpage for examples of past, on-going, and future projects.
We are seeking motivated and enthusiastic applicants to join the Surface Processes Research Group in the Geography Department at University of Guelph. At present we are recruiting for 2-3 MSc projects, involving field and lab work, and include opportunities to attend and participate in conferences. These opportunities offer you the chance to truly get your feet wet and be the researcher in those pictures you've been looking at in lectures throughout your undergrad career.
University of Guelph, Dept. of Geography has funded graduate and post-doctoral opportunities in the broad area of disruptive technologies and the future of agri-food systems. Briefly, the same technologies that created the Internet and are transforming medicine are just now being applied into agri-food systems. The potential benefits of these technologies are huge and include the ability to produce more food on less land and with fewer inputs. However, technologies such as gene editing tools, self-guided tractors, and robotic milking partners also have significant (and to a large extent unexplored) social consequences.
Potential social issues include:
Data governance, privacy, cyber security, and data ownership including the possible consequences of corporate control of digital agri-food data.
The social consequences of digital agri-food technology (including, for instance, the effect of automation and robotics on rural labour in Canada and in the developing world).
Exploring how climate change and emerging technologies may create new agricultural opportunities in Northern areas and an evaluation as to potential sustainable development pathways that could be used to develop such areas.
Accepted students will have the opportunity to work with a diverse range of multidisciplinary scholars associated with the University of Guelph’s Food Institute, take part in our new (TBC) collaborative graduate training program on agri-food and biodiversity innovation, and interact with the team of investigators who are leading “Food from Thought”, the University of Guelph’s new $77 million research program on big data and agri-food futures. Interested students and post-docs should send unofficial transcripts, CVs, and brief expressions of interest to Evan Fraser, Director of the Food Institute and Canada Research Chair (attention Afiadmin@uoguelph.ca).
Please contact me regarding potential graduate student opportunities (firstname.lastname@example.org ). I encourage applications from not only biogeographers, but also individuals with backgrounds in ecology, botany, climatology, forestry, statistics, or other related disciplines.
Political Ecology, Marine Conservation and Resource Management
I welcome inquiries from prospective graduate students (MA or PhD) who share my research interests in marine conservation governance and/or science-policy in the context of conservation. Please contact me directly to discuss possible opportunities, including a CV/resume, unofficial transcript, writing sample, and statement of interest.
Funded MA Opportunity: Knowledge Politics and Global Biodiversity Conservation
I seek a MA student to join a SSHRC-funded project examining knowledge politics in relation to global biodiversity conservation. In particular, I am looking for applicants with an interest in: political ecology, sustainable development, science-policy, and international policy making. Applicants should have strong oral and written communication skills and hold (or be near completing) an undergraduate degree in Geography or a related social science (Anthropology, Political Science, International Development, Environmental Studies, etc).
Students will receive full financial support for two years (five semesters), following the policy in the Department of Geography at the University of Guelph. Additional funding is also available to cover research expenses, including research at the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Fall 2018 (in Egypt).
For more information about this MA opportunity please contact Dr. Noella Gray at email@example.com, ideally before submitting a formal application.
Ethical Consumption, International Development, Feminist Perspectives
I am actively seeking Masters students for next fall. Applicants with an interest in: ethical consumption, feminist theory, critical development studies, and/or the politics of philanthropy are encouraged to apply. Students will receive financial support following the policy in the Department of Geography. Research expenses will also be covered. Funded student research projects may include:
Investigating how ethical consumption campaigns (e.g. Product RED, Toms Shoes) play out on the ground through international development projects
Analyzing the use of social media by corporations and NGOs to share stories of 'development' with North American audiences
Researching the gendered dynamics of sustainable consumption decisions
Please note that this MA degree in geography can also be combined with the collaborative MA in international development. Looking for students to begin fall 2017.
Dr. John Lindsay is looking for 2-3 new MSc students to join the Geomorphometry and Hydrogeomatics Research Group in Fall 2017. These students will take on research projects related to a broad range of geomorphometry (digital terrain analysis) and spatial hydrology topics actively studied within the GHRG. This includes, for example, projects related to multi-scale terrain analysis for the characterization of topographic roughness and position characterization (e.g. for landform mapping). Students will be provided with advanced training in GIS and geomatics more broadly and will have opportunity to gain experience with advanced equipment, LiDAR data, and spatial analysis software (GIS and remote sensing).
MSc or MA students are sought to undertake research projects related to the understanding and management of the natural environment, using GIS and/or remote sensing technologies. Recent initiatives which may provide further opportunities for graduate work have focused on environmental and resource issues in Biosphere Reserves in Mexico, China and Ontario. Looking for students to begin fall 2016.
Food Waste and Food Insecurity: I am accepting applications from prospective graduate students interested in the social context of waste management, including themes of urban inequality, environmental justice, gender, and socioeconomic aspects of waste work and waste production. Current projects include the relationship between food waste and food insecurity in diverse Canadian contexts.
I am also always willing to communicate with outstanding Honours, Masters and PhD applicants who are interested in working on an aspect of human dimensions of global environmental change and/or traditional ecological knowledge in the Arctic, Pacific Islands and/or Australia.
Currently I am seeking: (1) an outstanding Ph.D. student to work on climate change adaptation in the Pacific Islands. The position will be a joint position between the University of Guelph and the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia; (2) a Masters student to work on the economics of Inuit subsistence hunting under changing conditions..
I am recruiting one MA student and one PhD student to conduct research on a collaborative SSHRC funded project “Canadian Conservation in Global Context: Intersections with Asia and Africa”. Students will be provided with funding, guidance, and opportunities for both in-depth fieldwork and research dissemination on a multi-sited research project. The study examines the transformation of conservation practice within several Canadian national parks focusing in particular on: (1) expanding market based interests in parks/privatization of conservation services; (2) conservation across international borders and influence of international actors; and (3) collaboration with local and Aboriginal communities. I am particularly interested in a student with prior experience and/or serious interest in working in northern Canada (Yukon, Northwest Territories or Nunavut). Interested applicants should send a CV and short statement of interest to me directly.
Oceans Governance, Fisheries Management, and Digital Environmental Politics
I welcome inquiries from talented students interested in graduate research at either the masters or doctoral level! Please note, however, that your skill-set and research interests should overlap in some way with the active areas of my research program. We can discuss your project ideas and/or any specific upcoming opportunities that I may have. I will also post ads for any specific projects each year during late Fall/early Winter; these ads will circulate on twitter (@JJSilvs), the listserv of the Canadian Association of Geographers, and via email as requested.
I am fortunate to be working currently with several graduate students on projects investigating a variety of issues and opportunities relating to the production, exchange, and systematic organizing of local food systems and short supply chains. Work to date has focused on farm-community linkages, on the increasing structural diversification of organics, on the phenomenon of direct marketing at the farmers' market, on rural transformations attributable to wine and related amenity production and on the prospects for "mainstreaming" local food through stronger engagement with the conventional food retail sector -- the grocery store.
At present I am hoping to pursue one or more projects that cast a view to the ways and degree to which rural communities and regions are experiencing an alteration of their “identity” because of new and shifting perceptions of “place” associated with innovation and promotion in the farm and food sector, Such food-related rural transitions have the capacity to both galvanize and polarize rural interests and actors. Such projects could be envisioned at either the Masters or PhD levels.
I am recruiting one Ph.D. and two MSc or MA students to join my research program on examining cost effectiveness of agricultural conservation programs. The funding will be provided at domestic student fee rates. I welcome students from all related disciplines such as geography, hydrology, ecology, economics, and forestry. Students will have flexibility in choosing a range of research topics from two streams corresponding to NSERC or SSHRC mandates.
For NSERC stream, students may choose research topics related to GIS-based watershed hydrologic and integrated economic-hydrologic modelling. Sample projects may include watershed modelling to identify critical source areas in agricultural landscapes for water quality protection, and to examine economic and environmental tradeoffs of conservation practices in agricultural watersheds.
For SSHRC stream, students may choose research topics related to institutional, economic, and social issues of agricultural conservation programs. Sample projects may include examining governance of agricultural conservation programs for improving Great Lakes water quality, and evaluating economic, social, and environmental implications of precision agriculture and conservation.
Students will receive well rounded training in GIS, watershed modelling, economic analysis, and policy evaluation related to various aspects of agricultural conservation programs. Previous graduate students have gained employment in government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and consulting firms. Interested candidates are encouraged to contacts Dr. Wanhong Yang (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss further.