Graduate Research Opportunities

My research is currently supported by several grants, including a SSHRC Insight Development Grant. I’m excited to hear from prospective grad students who are curious about the intersections of data technologies and environmental governance. Some specific projects we might collaborate on include:

•    Evaluating opportunities and challenges to the use of data technologies in nature conservation. Please see this flyer on my SSHRC-funded project “Digital Conservation Practices and Perspectives” for more details!
•    Visualizing climate and environmental governance data through “counter-data” and “counter-mapping” methods.

Prospective students should be interested in conducting interviews, document analysis, and/or surveys for their research, as well as working critically with data technologies themselves. I can offer training in critical communication skills - including mapping, web design, and public writing - and in the scholarly fields of political ecology, science and technology studies, and digital geographies. 

Please see this flyer on my SSHRC-funded project Digital Conservation Practices and Perspectives for more details.

I encourage interested candidates to email me at with a brief statement of interest, an unofficial transcript, a writing / research sample, and a CV/resume.



Food Waste and Food Insecurity

Dr. Kate Parizeau is accepting applications from prospective graduate students interested in the following research topics:

  1. The dynamics of food waste in Canadian households, or at diverse points of the food value chain (e.g. farms, processing, retail, food service, food recovery organizations);
  2. The relationship between food waste and food insecurity in the Canadian context;
  3. The (paid or unpaid) labour implications of food waste in Canada;
  4. The governance of food waste management in Canada.

Conservation through Reconciliation

I am interesting in speaking with any outstanding MA or PhD students interested in Indigenous conservation governance in Canada or the political ecology of conservation more broadly. Inquires from prospective students who identify as Indigenous are particularly welcome. Visit the website.

Dr. Jennifer Silver studies political ecology, ocean governance and fisheries management, and the ways in which digital technology and social media are proposed as ‘solutions’ to environmental change. She welcomes inquiries and applications from individuals interested in a MA or PhD.

Jennifer currently has funding for graduate research in the following areas: 

  • DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE (e.g., why and how are new types of satellite and surveillance equipment being taken up in monitoring and enforcement? what are the implications of social media for environmental politics and debate?)
  • ACCESS AND EQUITY IN COMMERCIAL FISHERIES (e.g., how can we measure and evaluate access in commercial fisheries? how can commercial fisheries management frameworks and decision-making processes be transformed to meaningfully address reconciliation and achieve more equitable outcomes among all types of fish harvesters?)

If admitted to a MA or PhD, students receive funding following Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics graduate financial support policy. Funds for fieldwork and conference attendance are also available and will be allocated at a level appropriate for the graduate student research project and other professional development objectives.

Interested individuals are encouraged to reach out to Dr. Silver over email. In this message, please indicate as clearly as possible how your background, training and research interests overlap with hers and which research area(s) listed above you would like to know more about.

I am fortunate to be working currently with 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, notably in the area of Farm to School Food Programs.  Additionally, I am collaborating on projects pertaining to the rural landscape implications of renewable energy transitions and the role of farm incubator projects in supporting so-called 'next generation farmers'.   While I remain committed to advising duties on these projects, regrettably, I am unable to make commitments on acting as primary advisor at this time for new applicants owing to plans for study leave in 2020/21 and the prospect of retirement from regular faculty before projects commencing in 2021 would be completed.  However, it will be my hope to support grads in other ways via committee memberships or informal mentoring. 

GIS and Watershed Management

I am recruiting one Ph.D. or one MSc/MA student 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 contact Dr. Wanhong Yang ( to discuss further.