Research Group

barbBarbara Jane Davy

Barb recently returned to academics beginning a second PhD in the University of Waterloo’s department of Environment and Resource Studies (ERS).  Previously she earned a PhD in comparative ethics from Concordia University, applying the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas to environmental ethics.  She is a former president of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, and author of Introduction to Pagan Studies, as well as a three book edited collection Paganism:  Critical Concepts in Religion, which includes a volume on Paganism and ecology.  She has an ongoing interest in nature religion and Pagan studies, and non-rational drivers of human social behaviour, particularly those that motivate or inhibit environmental action.  She is interested in how the re-enchanted experiences of Paganism can inspire counter-currents to the dominance of consumerism.

19198_10204919722846954_5233379837251350342_nKaitlin Kish

Katie is a PhD candidate in her 3rd year of studies at the University of Waterloo’s department of Environment and Resource Studies (ERS). Her past research has focused heavily on complex systems methodologies and  computer systems modelling for ecological economic projects. Now, her research focuses on environmentalists ‘at the margins’ and their radical and disruptive environmental political economies. Katie is a Research Fellow for the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience, the Teaching and Learning Associate for the Faculty of Environment’s Teaching and Learning Committee, runs the ERS Experiential Learning Group, and is the Chair of the Faculty of Environment annual ‘ENVigorate’ Festival.

dan11Dan McCarthy

Dan is a faculty member with the Waterloo Institute of Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR) as well as an Associate Professor and Associate Chair Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo. His interdisciplinary academic background has focused on exploring the utility of complex systems-based approaches to understanding and intervening in linked social, ecological, epistemological systems.  Dan has strong research interests and partnerships that relate to fostering adaptive capacity, social and environmental justice and social innovation in the field of environmental policy.  He works closely with several First Nations groups in both northern and southern Ontario as well as conservation and environmental movement organizations in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario.

12941871793_b5a8940ded_bSteve Quilley

Stephen Quilley is the Director of Development for the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI) and core faculty for the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR). Technically a sociologist, Steve was previously a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Politics at Keele University (2006-2012), College Lecturer in Urban Sociology at University College Dublin(1999-2005) and Research Fellow at the ESRC Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition (CRIC) in Manchester (1997-1999). With academic research interests ranging from the historical sociology of Norbert Elias and urban regeneration, to the long-term dynamics of human ecology, Steve has also worked on policy-related projects relating to sustainability, urban regeneration, food systems, resilience and social-ecological innovation. Steve is also devoted to experiential and innovative teaching approaches such as landcraft and metal working courses.

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Alexandrina Shannon

kzKatharine Zywert

Katharine is in her first year of the University of Waterloo’s PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability. She has studied medical anthropology and social innovation, with past research interests including embodied experiences of disease and treatment, ecotherapy, and the intersection of personal transformation with socio-ecological systems change.  Her current research explores how social innovation can generate change across scales to build a cultural foundation for socio-ecological sustainability. Katharine is a Research Fellow for the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience.