Graduate Scholar Award Recipient – Climate Change Conference 2014

Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 10.53.55 AMFor each conference, a small number of Graduate Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students who have an active academic interest in the conference area. Graduate Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, participating in Talking Circles, and presenting their own research papers. The Award with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for graduate students at this stage in their academic careers. Meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and friendships are all additional benefits of this Award.

I am delighted to be a recipient of the Graduate Scholar Award 2014. The other recipients can be seen at:

AAG Featured Theme on Scale and Sustainability

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 12.52.29 PMThe sessions that Yvonne Rollins and I organized for the American Association of Geographer’s (2173 and 22743: Sustainable Waste Management Systems I and II) have been included under the 2014 Featured Theme, “Scale and Sustainability”.

This track of sessions will consider how scale matters for sustainability and at what scale sustainability should be examined. In these sessions, the queries are extended to all of sustainable development—the linking of environment and development to enhance human well-being while preserving the life support systems of the planet.

We are both delighted by this recognition and are looking forward to the conference.

Seminar in ENSC: Jonathan Connor

Jonathan Connor, Manager of Partner in Climate Protection (PCP) Program, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), will be giving a seminar entitled “Advancing Climate Change Mitigation at the Local Level: Strategies and Approaches from the Local Government Toolbox” as part of the School of Environmental Studies seminar series on Thursday, February 20th from 2:30pm-3:30pm in BioSciences room 1120.

AAG Sustainable Waste Management Systems

Yvonne Rollins, PhD Candidate in the Geography Department at Western University, and I have organized a session at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers.

For this paper session we seek to contribute to the conference theme of scale and sustainability by calling for papers that implicitly or explicitly take a systems’ approach to researching waste management issues.  Waste management systems can be conceptualized as involving flows of waste materials through complex, multi-faceted systems, which are developed and managed by socio-political institutions, but which are also bound up with attitudes and behaviours of individuals operating within the system (such as residents, scavengers and policy makers).  In this view, waste management systems comprise a network of organizations and individuals operating at different geographic scales.

As Lepawsky and Mather (2011) and Sheppard and McMaster (2004) demonstrate, it may be instructive to consider the meanings associated with and the implications of system boundaries on waste management to achieve systems that are environmentally progressive, socially acceptable, economically viable and politically deliverable.  Through this session we aim to contribute to a current debate within academic and policy circles that critiques overly technical accounts of waste management policy decisions and we seek to widen the research lens to accommodate different geographic contexts and social perceptions of waste itself.

The session’s discussant will be Dr. Virginia Maclaren.