University of Calgary

Exploring resilience and regional sustainability

UToday HomeJanuary 11, 2012

By Jessica Wallace

EVDS is inviting graduate and post-doctoral students to apply for funded positions working on a project entitled Ecological infrastructure, resilience and governance in the Calgary region: a partnership for regional sustainability.EVDS is inviting graduate and post-doctoral students to apply for funded positions working on a project entitled Ecological infrastructure, resilience and governance in the Calgary region: a partnership for regional sustainability. Photo courtesy of Mike QuinnThe Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) is offering two unique research opportunities to both graduate and post-doctoral students interested in resilience and regional sustainability.

The students would work on a project to develop and implement an innovative approach to sustainability that incorporates social ecological systems thinking into strategic policy formation for regional land use planning.

This kind of real world social‐ecological research is necessary to support sustainable regional land and water use planning. The project—Ecological infrastructure, resilience and governance in the Calgary region: a partnership for regional sustainability—will also explore how environmental planning can spatially link ecological structure and function with human activity on the landscape.

“These funding opportunities provide the critical capacity required to support graduate and post-doctoral research in an emerging area of research; moreover, the results should help contribute to a more sustainable Calgary region,” says Mike Quinn, co-principal investigator (with Mary-Ellen Tyler).

Both opportunities are being offered through grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Calgary Regional Partnership, the Samuel Hanen Foundation and an anonymous foundation donor.

EVDS is seeking candidates with a background in regional hydrology or eco-hydrology and/or landscape ecology and spatial analysis. The successful candidates will join an interdisciplinary team of EVDS faculty and graduate student researchers in a multi‐year research program in the greater Calgary region.

EVDS was established in 1971 on an overarching commitment to the integration of design, ecology and culture in the making and managing of meaningful and functional human and bio-social environments. Over the past four decades, the faculty has evolved in response to various cultural, economic and environmental changes, and program offerings have attempted to address the related challenges as does this new research project on resilience and regional sustainability.

SSHRC is a federal government agency that enables the highest levels of research excellence in Canada. It promotes postsecondary-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences, facilitate knowledge-sharing and collaboration across research disciplines, universities and all sectors of society.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2012 for graduate and March 31, 2012 for post-doctoral applicants.

Get more information on the graduate or post-graduate student opportunity.