January 10, 2019: IRES Professional Development Seminar with Panel Discussion

IRES Seminar Series

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm (every Thursday)

Location: AERL Theatre (room 120), 2202 Main Mall



Effecting change through community research and non-research projects


Sustainability research exists in the realm of post-normal science, and is often carried out by researchers who have deep commitments to change. Therefore, their research can ignite, draw from, and exist alongside on-the-ground community projects and initiatives. In this seminar, we will speak to researchers who have gotten involved in hands on work and collaboration in the communities that they study. What are the benefits and challenges created by occupying the position of researcher and participant concurrently? How does the role of knowledge generation and documentation affect ethical and appropriate participation of researchers in activist, technological, commercial, and political ventures in communities? This seminar will wade into the ambiguous and productive waters of research that turns into something more.


Panel Speakers:

Dr. Terre Satterfield







Professor, IRES

Dr. Satterfield is an anthropologist by training and an inter-disciplinarian by design. Her work concerns environmental values and sustainable natural resource development as these intersect with First Nations interests in land management, local food security, policy and regulation.


Dr. Hadi Dowlatabadi











Professor, IRES

Hadi Dowlatabadi’s sees the world in terms of interacting social, economic and environmental systems. He is interested in how these systems create and respond to challenges over time. Most of his work has focused on the interface of technology, energy, the environment, public health and public policy.


Dr. Nathan Bennett






Research Associate, IOF

Nathan Bennett is an environmental social scientist. Dr Bennett’s recent research focuses on marine protected area governance in Mexico, responses of fishing communities to environmental change in Thailand, indigenous community perspectives on conservation in Canada, marine planning initiatives in North Am. and human dimensions of large-scale marine protected areas.










Photo Credit: Ivana Zelenika, IRES PhD Candidate