Eric Abitbol is an academic-practitioner in the field of environmental peacebuilding, housed in IPCR (International Peace and Conflict Resolution) and GEP (Global Environmental Politics) at American University. Specializing in Israeli-Palestinian relations, his recent work analyses the discursive practices of Israeli and Palestinian water practitioners, assessing hydropolitical peacebuilding, hydrohegemony and hydrohegemonic residues. He is currently sharing the leadership of a collaborative North-South research project intent on assessing the effects of Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment (PCIA). He is also pursuing research on the constructions of sustainability as cultural violence, with specific reference to asymmetric conflict environments.
The Centre's research fellows, research associates, and advisory board members come together in transdisciplinary research and research-creation to explore how sustainability studies and initiatives can help shape the future of human communities and the ecosystems they depend upon.
Our researchers come from a wide variety of disciplines, including Biology; Business; Chemistry and Biochemistry; Communication Studies; Design; Economics; Engineering; English; Geography Planning and Environment; History; Journalism; Management; Music; Philosophy; Political Science; Sociology and Anthropology; and Theological Studies.
- Concordia Research Fellows and Associates
- External Associates
- Junior Associates (Graduate Students and Post-doctoral Fellows)
Assistant Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment
Political Economy, Development Economics, Ecological Economics, Political Ecology, Feminist Economics, State-Society Relationships, Alternative Economies, Social Movements
Associate Professor, Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering
Sustainable Mobility, City Logistics, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Congestion, Connected Communities, Quality assurance in supply chain management, IT & Decision making, Sustainable Supply Chain Management
Associate Professor, Philosophy
Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Psychology, Ethics of Biotechnology, Virtue Ethics and Well-being
Professor and Chair, Geography, Planning and Environment
Hydro-geomorphology and river dynamics, River management in agricultural watersheds, Geographical Information Systems, Morphodynamic numerical modelling, Stream restoration for fish habitat.
Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director for Youth Work, Applied Human Sciences
Assistant Professor, Management
Institutional Theory, resilience, sustainability, market structures
Associate Professor, Design and Computation Arts
Concordia University Research Chair in Integrated Design, Ecology, And Sustainability (IDEAS) for the Built Environment
design studies, sustainability studies, architecture studies, built environment, cities, eco-design, eco-architecture, public space design, architecture competitions, teaching buildings, sustainability assessment tools, complex dynamic systems
Professor of Biology
Evolution and maintenance of biodiversity in forest and agricultural landscapes
Associate Dean of Recruitment and Awards, School of Graduate Studies
Game Theory, Coalition Formation, Cartel Stability Environmental Economics, International Environmental Agreements
Associate Dean and Professor, English
postcolonial studies / environmental humanities / South Asian literature / media studies / globalization & diaspora
Professor, Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering
Urban energy systems, 3D City modeling, Urban data and simulation platform development, Renewable energies, Zero Carbon Cities, Demand response and flexibility, District and solar heating and cooling networks, sustainable transport
Associate Professor, Biology
Evolutionary applications to conservation biology; adaptation to environmental change; fisheries and wildlife management; population, conservation and quantitative genetics; molecular ecology.
Contemporary European Philosophy (in particular Critical Theory, Deconstruction); Social and Political Philosophy; Ethics; Environmental Philosophy
Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
|Environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry, biogeochemistry, climate change, environmental forensics, stable isotopes, chemical oceanography.|
Associate Professor and Chair, Centre for Engineering in Society
Technology and Society, Urban Infrastructure, Cities, Development Studies, Engineering Education, Global Engineering
The distribution of resources in space and time and their influences on the aggressiveness of animals
Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
Environment and Infrastructure, Politics, Bureaucracy, Paraguay, Montreal
Associate Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment
Landscape ecology, including road ecology, Quantification and assessment of landscape structure and landscape change, Urban sprawl, Ecological modelling, Impact assessment.
department chair, Design and Computation Arts
professor, Design and Computation Arts
fellow of the loyola college for diversity &sustainability, Loyola International College
directrice of d_verse lab (&all things verse, reversed, in.verse), Fine Arts
social design, research-creation, media arts, social creativity, textile arts, poetics, performance art, responsive environments, experimental typography, interface design, social networks, collective creations, community-university, the live of animals, clothing and dress, activism, urban futures, democratic values, ethnocultural diversity, sustainability studies
Associate Professor, Biology
Community ecology and biogeography, Macroecology, Biodiversity, Global Change, Entomology
Assistant Professor, Management
Professor and Concordia Research Chair in Climate Science and Sustainability, Geography, Planning and Environment
Climate change, global climate modelling, climate impacts, allowable emissions for climate mitigation targets, national contributions to climate change
|Part-time faculty member in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment||Climate change, water resource management, Northern studies
Professor, Communication Studies
New media, environment, interactive documentary, human rights, community based research, participatory documentary, feminist media, climate change, refugee youth, research-creation
Professor Emeritus, Economics
Professor, Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering
Concordia Research Chair in Geoenvironmental Sustainability (Tier I)
Environmental Engineering, Surfactant-enhanced washing and flushing of contaminated soils and sediments, Treatment and management of metal-contaminated soils, sediments and wastes, Bioremediation, Physical, chemical and biological treatment of wastewater, Biological treatment of air.
Associate Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment
Indigenous stewardship; Traditional Ecological Knowledge; subsistence harvesting; land and sea management; protected areas; connections, stories and attachments to place; adaptations to environmental and climate change
Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
Biodiversity Conservation Governance; Politics of Socio-ecological Sustainability; Social Studies of Science; Environmental Nationalism/Transnationalism; Eco-citizenship
Associate Professor, Management
Principal, Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability
aquatic ecology, fish biology, spatial ecology, community ecology, biodiversity, biostatistics, quantitative ecology
Associate Professor, Political Science
Co-Director, Loyola Sustainability Research Centre (LSRC)
Comparative Politics; Policy; Africa; natural resources; (de)centralization; elections; social justice and inclusion; research design
Assistant Professor, Management
Institutional theory, Sustainability, Social Innovation
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
Professor, Department of Geography, Planning and Environment
|Sustainability, river dynamics|
Associate Professor, Centre for Engineering in Society
Chair and Professor, Journalism
Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment
Earth surface processes and landscape evolution; Sediment production and transport; Water resources management; Interactions among ecological and geomorphic processes; Global change and sustainability science
Assistant Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment
North American freshwater availability, decadal-to-centennial water variability, regional hydrology and climate, impacts of global warming, water management for sustained droughts and floods, paleoclimatology, tree-rings, pollen, instrumental data, climate models.
Coordinator, Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability
Part-time Faculty, Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability
Part-time Faculty, Biology
Sustainability, ecology, forest management
Assistant Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment
Primatology, Japanese macaques and disability, Behavioural ecology, Animal behaviour and behavioural flexibility, Human-animal interactions, Animal responses to human-induced environmental change, Conservation and biodiversity
Professor, Communication Studies
environmental and ecological humanities; nuclear and atomic history and aesthetics; cultural theory; writing as method; north and nordicity; monuments, archives and memory; risk and futurity
Graduate Program Director, Biology
Behavioural ecology of large herbivores, life history strategies and evolutionary ecology, population ecology, population dynamics, terrestrial ecosystems ecology, wildlife conservation and management, wildlife ecology, welfare of captive wildlife.
Associate Professor, History
Assistant Professor, Biology
Landscape ecology; ecosystem services; biodiversity science; urban ecology; multifunctional landscapes; forest ecology; land-use legacies; sustainability
Anna-Liisa Aunio is Coordinator of Environmental Studies in the Department of Sociology at Dawson College. Her research over the past several years focuses on understanding the sociological drivers of environmental issues, particularly in relation to climate change and food systems. She is currently the Principal Investigator for the Food Justice and Sustainability project at Dawson, which focuses on mapping the food system for Montreal’s 33 boroughs, building and carrying out community food organizations needs and assets assessments for five neighborhoods, and hosting dialogues to support collaborative research and action to guide food policy in Montreal.
Des Gasper's work seeks to combine and connect human development, development ethics, and public policy. Main areas of application considered are climate change, migration, and planning/evaluation methods. ‘Human development’ refers to here human-centred socio- economic developmen, including extension of people’s ability to live in ways which there is reason to value. This field links to work on human rights and human security, and he works on such links, both in theoretical and ’applied’ research.
Piero Genovesi gained a Masters degree in 1989 and a PhD in 1993 in Animal Ecology at the University of Rome, carrying on research on carnivore ecology. He is Senior Scientist with the Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, Italy (formerly INFS - Italian Wildlife Institute), focusing on carnivore conservation and alien species. He has worked closely with several international institutions (such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on Migratory Species, the Council of Europe, the European Commission, and the European Environmental Agency) to develop guidelines and policies on the management of alien species. Since 2009 Piero chairs the IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (www.issg.org). He has led several international research programs, is a co-author of the European Strategy on Invasive Alien Species, and has authored books and papers published in various journals including Nature, Science, PLoS ONE, PNAS.
Christopher Gore is an Associate Professor at Ryerson University, Department of Politics and Public Administration. He is also a faculty associate of two graduate programs and one research centre: Environmental Applied Science and Management, Immigration and Settlement Studies, and the Centre for Studies of Food Security. His broad research interests relate to the politics and policy of environmental and urban issues in North America and Sub-Saharan Africa, and the role of technology in influencing policy debates and outcomes. He is interested in how different forms of knowledge influence policy and decision-making systems, and how different interests from different scales interact in these systems.
William V. Kennedy has over 30 years of experience in environment, transport and banking in Europe, North America and the developing world. From 2003 thru 2006 he served as Executive Director of NAFTA’s North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) and is currently serving as an Environmental Advisor to the US Millennium Challenge Corporation and as Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Concordia University in Montreal. Until 2003, he was Head of the Environmental Policy and Strategy Unit of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London and has held senior posts with the Dutch ministries of Environment and Foreign Affairs, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
Sandy Lamalle is doing research in international law and governance (LRCS/Concordia University and CRDP, University of Montreal). Her research is on the participation and responsibility of various actors in environmental governance (Innovation Research Network on the Gulf of the Saint Lawrence River), and on the conceptual foundations of Earth System Governance (Workgroup on Environment, Representation and Rights).
She is an international consultant, and has worked as a legal advisor in international organisations. Her background is in political science, law and international relations. She holds a Ph.D in public international law (Geneva) and in European Union law (Strasbourg).
Shane Mulligan is the owner of Radicle Consulting, a firm specialized in renewable energy, co-op development and project management. His research interests are energy policy and energy security, global environmental politics, biofuels and food security. With a PhD from the University of Cambridge, Dr. Mulligan has taught at Concordia University and the University of Victoria.
Cristina Romanelli works with the United Nations Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) where she coordinates the CBD joint work programme with the World Health Organization. Her work focuses on global sustainability policy in the areas of biodiversity conservation, ecosystem and human health, strengthening capacity to support the implementation of the United Nations Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. She has organized regional capacity-building workshops on biodiversity and human health, co-convened by CBD and WHO, spanning some 60 countries across the Americas and Africa regions.
Prior to joining the CBD (in 2010), she worked as a senior sustainability consultant specialized in sustainability policy and climate change, representing public, non-governmental and private sector clients in over 35 energy regulatory proceedings across North America. Her work is supported by over 15 years of experience in policy evaluation and development, multi-stakeholder engagement, and two masters in environmental assessment and international relations. She is also a research fellow with United Nations University International Institute for Global Health. As a doctoral researcher at University College London in the UK her doctoral research focuses on the science-policy interface of biodiversity conservation, human health and sustainable development.
Tonia Ruppenthal earned her Doctorate in Business Administration, Management from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. In addition to her PhD, she holds a Master and Bachelor in Economics and Public Administration.
Dr. Ruppenthal joined Fulda University of Applied Science, Germany as Professor in Management, Business Administration and Economics in 2013. In 2014 and 2015, she was appointed Program Director of the MSc Program ”International Food Business and Consumer Studies” and of the MSc European Joint Degree Program ”Sustainable Food Systems“. These two purely English spoken programs are characterized by multidisciplinary approaches at the interface between agriculture, food business and consumer science within an international and a sustainable context. The goal of these programs is to qualify students to take on professional tasks in national and international enterprises in the food business as well as food certification organizations. She has taught as guest lecture at ISARA-Lyon, France. Her research focuses on innovation, sustainable management and assessment in the food industry, attempts to lasting measurement of performance indicators for the food sector as well as ecological certification and bio labelling. One particular interest lies on spirituality linked to leadership and sustainability.
Prior to her academic career, she worked in Germany for the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, in the healthcare industry for one of the largest health insurance companies as well as for the Federal Employment Agency.
Laura Shillington has a B.Sc. (Geography, 1997) from the University of Victoria, a M.Sc. (Forestry 2002) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and completed a Ph.D. in Geography from York University. She is currently Faculty in the Department of Geosciences at John Abbott College in Montréal. Previously, she was Assistant Professor in the Department of Environment and Development at the University for Peace (UPeace), where she was also a guest lecturer for the Summer Peace Institute, University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Shillington's research programme broadly explores urban social-nature relations.She is particularly interested in understanding how everyday life in urban areas, especially in mundane spaces such as the home, is embedded within multi-scalar ecological politics – from gendered human-nature relations in the household to uneven urban environmental problems and governance structures. She concentrates in particular on gendered, racialised and generational experiences and knowledges of urban natures. At present, she has two main research projects: (1) urban political ecologies of nature and children; and (2) gender, environmental justice, and the political ecologies of ‘sound’. The latter project focuses on Managua, Nicaragua. She is on the editorial board of Gender Place and Culture and an currently Vice-Chair/Secretary of the Canadian Women in Geographers (CWAG) Speciality group, and is past Chair of the Geographic Perspectives on Women speciality group of the Association on American Geographers (AAG).
Peter Stoett (Ph.D., Queens University) is the founder of the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre, where he served as Director until the summer of 2017, when he left Concordia to become Dean of the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. During his time at Concordia, he served as chair and beloved professor in the Department of Political Science, as well as providing his vision and inspiration to the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre.
Dr. Stoett's main areas of expertise include international relations and law, global environmental politics, and human rights; he is especially interested in critical perspectives on the many nuanced intersections between these themes. Current research focuses on transnational environmental crime, marine pollution prevention, climate justice, and Canadian-American environmental relations. He has also worked extensively on biodiversity conservation, and genocide and war crimes prevention and punishment.
Dr. Stoett has written, co-written and co-edited more than 10 books and more than 55 peer reviewed articles, chapters in edited books, and occasional papers. He has conducted research in Europe (including the Balkans), eastern, southern and western Africa, central America and Asia, and has worked closely with many institutions including the United Nations (UN), the Canadian government and the Hague Institute for Global Justice.
Owen Temby (Ph.D. Carleton, 2012) is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. His research program involves the study of foreign and domestic environmental policy and management in the Canada and the United States.
Scott Vaughan is President and Chef Executive Officer of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), a mandate he began in April, 2013. Prior to joining IISD, he was Canada’s federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development for five years. Previously, he was the Director of the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C.; a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; the Head of Economics at the NAFTA Environment Commission; and Counsellor at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. He held various positions with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), including initiating both the UNEP Financial Initiative and UNEP’s work on trade issues.
Wouter Veening studied political science, economics and social psychology at the University of Amsterdam. After working as policy adviser at the Dutch Ministry of the Environment, he became policy director at the Netherlands Committee for IUCN/World Conservation Union, where he dealt with the environmental policies of multilateral finance and donor institutions, such as the World Bank, IMF, the Global Environment Facility and the European Union.
As co-founder and Chairman of the Institute for Environmental Security (2003) in The Hague (located opposite the Peace Palace) he now focuses on the policy and legal responses to security risks emanating from environmental degradation in key regions of the world.
Anders is working with environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) of production and consumption activities. He has a specific focus on applying Planetary (and regional) boundaries in LCA to allow "absolute environmental sustainability assessment". The goal of an absolute assessment is to evaluate whether environmental impacts of an anthropogenic activity are low enough to be considered environmentally sustainable, and if not, how to set “science-based targets” to achieve this objective. This type of assessment considers climate change, but also other widespread issues, such as land use, water scarcity and perturbations of the natural nitrogen- and phosphorous cycles. Moreover, Anders is studying the uptake and use of methods for absolute environmental sustainability assessment by business through corporate sustainability disclosure. He also collaborates with several companies and LCA consultants on the use of these methods for corporate decision making and disclosure, and is working with Dr. Shannon Lloyd in the Department of Management at Concordia University.
The title of Anders' thesis project is Science-based targets for corporate environmental sustainability: The case of organizational Life Cycle Assessment.
For more information, contact Anders.
Miguel Ángel Del Pino
Miguel is interested in the inclusion of stakeholders in decision-making in both corporate and policy areas. The main objective of his current research is to find ways to analyze the conversation about environmental issues integrating a decision-analytic framework. Miguel is currently pursuing this research as a MASc student in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering (MIAE) at Concordia University under the supervision of Dr. Ketra Schmitt.
Emma Bider is a PhD student in social and cultural analysis at Concordia. She has a master’s degree in anthropology from Carleton University. Her master’s thesis combined ethnomusicology and anthropology to analyze how drumming evoked a notion of home and cultural identity for Tuareg women living in Europe. Her current research examines how climate change mitigation strategies affect individuals' relationships to forest environments. She is pursuing this research in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University under the supervision of Dr. Katja Neves.
The title of Emma's thesis is The meaning of forests: How climate change mitigation strategies affect local relationships to forests in Switzerland.
Debdeep's research investigates how behavioral and relational variables can improve sustainability performance in a multi-tier setting. He is also working on projects related to the diffusion of corporate environmental practices using institutional theory as an interpretive lens. He is pursuing this research in the Department of Supply Chain and Business Technology Management at Concordia University under the supervision of Dr. Shannon Lloyd.
The title of Debdeep's thesis is Sustainability improvement in multi-tier supply chain: An Agency theory perspective.
The Adirondack–Laurentians ecological corridor is a critical movement linkage for wildlife. This region boasts a wide variety of habitats that still maintain a high degree of ecological integrity and are rich in biodiversity. Population growth over the past 50 years has caused a rise in development putting the area under increased risk of habitat loss and landscape fragmentation. This project will quantify the degree of human modification, the amount of landscape fragmentation, and the changes in landscape connectivity that have occurred within the ALEC over the past 50 years. This information will then be used to investigate future land-use/land cover scenarios. Insights gained from these studies will be combined to identify risk areas for loss of connectivity. Mitigation opportunities utilizing fencing and wildlife passages to improve connectivity will be compared, and priority protection areas for conservation of wildlife habitats and landscape connectivity will be identified. Jonathan is currently pursuing this research in the Department of Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University under the supervision of Dr. Jochen Jaeger.
The title of Jonathan's thesis project is Past, present and future land-use in the Adirondack-Laurentians Ecological Corridor: Identifying risk areas for loss of connectivity due to roads and development and proposing proactive mitigation measures.
Mark Kwakye Frimpong
Mark works on the politics of energy reform in Sub-Saharan Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa experiences recurring energy crises characterized by unreliable services, limited access, and high cost of power. These problems persist in spite of more than two decades of reforms across the continent. Explaining the underlying conditions shaping energy reforms requires a nuanced understanding of the endogenous institutional and political contexts driving policy processes. Mark is undertaking a comparative analysis of the interactions between institutions, political dynamics, and energy reforms. Inadequate and unreliable energy supplies impede the potential for economic development. To overcome this challenge, reforms must understand constraints and opportunities arising from both institutional arrangements and political dynamics. Mark's current research addresses this goal. His previous research examined private sector participation in environmental sanitation and energy. Mark is doing his Ph.D. in Political Science at Concordia University under the supervision of Dr. Amy Poteete.
The title of Mark's thesis project is Energy crises, institutions and reforms in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.
For more information, contact Mark.
This research aims to analyse the rate and timing of landscape fragmentation in Canada in order to understand how this affects ecological processes, ecosystem services, and future urban development. Since it is only after several decades that the extent of effects of fragmentation can be evaluated, a temporal analysis is key. Anthropogenic change of the environment, such as linear fragmentation, is increasing in a number of areas around Canada, and so monitoring these changes will be necessary to inform conservation and land use policies. Landscape fragmentation over 50 years will be measured using the effective mesh size method to observe the rate of change over the time frame and to use the results of these to make a judgement on fragmentation hotspots and future landscape fragmentation.
The title of Clara's thesis project is Assessing the degree of landscape fragmentation in Canada over the past 50-70 years, to be used as a pressure indicator.
For more information, contact Clara.
Sherif Goubran is a PhD. candidate in the Individualized Program (INDI) at Concordia University, a Vanier Scholar, and a Concordia Public Scholar. He is conducting interdisciplinary within the fields of design, building engineering and real-estate finance. His PhD research investigates the alignment between sustainable building practices and global Sustainable Development Goals. His research focus includes building sustainability and sustainability assessment, sustainability in architectural design and behavioral approaches in design. Sherif completed a MASc in building engineering in 2016 with a focus on energy efficiency in commercial buildings. Before that, he completed a BSc in Architecture at the American University in Cairo (AUC-Egypt). Today, he is actively engaged in several research laboratories, centres and groups where he teaches and conducts research in design, engineering, architecture and business. He is also involved in several sustainability initiatives and projects at Concordia on the student as well as the administrative levels. Sherif is working under the supervision of Professors Carmela Cucuzzella, Bruno Lee, and Thomas Walker.
The title of Sherif''s thesis is Our Buildings have Credentials... Now what? Green buildings and the Sustainable Development Goals in Canada.
Brian is a fish biologist who is broadly interested in how human impacts alter the ecology and evolution of fishes. His research evaluates how population characteristics and eco-evolutionary feedbacks might promote or constrain adaptive responses to climate change across multiple populations of brook trout in Cape Race, Newfoundland. Ultimately, he hopes this research can be used to develop more realistic biological models to simulate climate change responses, which can potentially be applied to other populations of trout and salmon. He is working in the Department of Biology at Concordia under the supervision of Dr. Dylan Fraser.
The title of Brian's thesis project is Effects of intraspecific diversity and eco-evolutionary feedbacks on potential climate change adaptation in Cape Race brook trout.
Julia Ginsburg's research focuses on developing and testing the effectiveness of environmental and sustainability education curricula. Before coming to Concordia, she worked as a graduate research assistant at the Respecting Children and Teachers Research Group at Smith College in Massachusetts, where she conducted intensive qualitative interviews with early childhood environmental educators. Julia has been invited to present her research at the Jean Piaget Society, the Society for Research in Child Development, and the American Psychological Association. She is working in the INDI progam at Concordia University under the supervision of Drs. Natasha Blanchet-Cohen, Holly Recchia, Damon Matthews, and Mindy Carter.
The title of Julia's thesis project is Developing best practices for pro-environmental sustainability education.
For more information, visit Julia Ginsburg on LinkedIn here.
Cheryl Gladu works on Collaborative Housing (cohousing), a form of intentional community that is co-developed, -designed, and –managed by its occupants. The finished communities have been described as “high-functioning neighbourhoods,” with a great deal of planned and spontaneous sharing of resources. The sustainable design innovations of these communities rarely rely on technology, but rather on design that facilitates human interdependence and collaboration. Using mix-methods, Cheryl’s research aims to document and better understand the processes used to successfully develop and manage cohousing projects in Canada, with a particular interest in the processes used to build a sense of community among participants. She is working in the INDI progam under the supervision of Drs. Raymond Paquin, Paul Strivastava, Carmela Cucuzella, and Martin Racine.
The title of Cheryl's thesis project is The Architecture of trust: Collaborative design and the establishment of trust in Canadian cohousing communities.
Maida's research focuses on corporate contributions to climate change in the form of greenhouse gas emissions, as well as company activity pathways within the framework of a 2-degree global carbon budget. Her work involves analyzing reported greenhouse gas emissions, specifically carbon dioxide for the 2015 fiscal year with the aim of providing sector activity pathways following the 2-degree carbon budget which fundamentally assumes serious and immediate climate change mitigation action by companies. Maida is also interested in issues related to (the lack of) reporting and regulation of corporate emissions and other matters of transparency. She is working in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment under the supervision of Drs. Damon Matthews and Raymond Paquin.
The title of Maida's thesis project is Corporate Greenhouse Gas Contributions to Climate Change and Sectoral Activity Pathways following a 2-degree Global Carbon Budget.
Kayleigh is broadly interested in the relationships between landscape structure, biodiveristy and ecosystem functions. Her research will focuses on urban forest diversity and how urban tree functional diversity is distributed within Montreal’s public and private green spaces, drawing links between functional traits and ecosystem functions that are linked to ecosystem services. Understanding these links will allow us to ask broader questions about the provision of ecosystem services within the urban landscape and how it may shift between private and publicly managed spaces. Kayleigh is working in the Department of Biology at Concordia University under the supervision of Dr. Carly Ziter. The title of her thesis project is Assessing the contribution of public and private green space to urban forest diversity in Montreal: Do patterns of functional diversity result in a more multi-functional landscape?
Emily’s research examines how urban sprawl can affect the delivery of multiple ecosystem services like temperature, air quality, and provision of green space. She will be teaming up with a research group from the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment who are examining socio-economic correlates of urban sprawl. We are hoping to shed some light on how urban sprawl is occurring in Montreal and what effects this has on the Montreal community both physically and socially. Emily is doing this work under the supervision of Dr. Carly Ziter in the Department of Biology at Concordia University.
The title of Emily's thesis project is Exploring the relationship between urban sprawl and multiple ecosystem services in Montreal.
Zachary’s research interests are in reconstructing paleoenvironments through pollen analysis. He has have worked on sediment from a subaquatic cave in western Cuba with the goal of better understanding pollen deposition in subaquatic systems, as well as the circumstances that gave led to the Late Quaternary Extinction Event. Zachary is working in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University under the supervision of Dr. Jeannine-Marie St-Jacques.
Duane's research focuses on decadal to centennial climate variability patterns, regional hydrology and climate, impacts of global warming, and water management for sustained droughts and floods. He is currently pursuing this research as a MSc student in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University under the supervision of Dr. Jeannine-Marie St-Jacques.
The title of Duane's thesis is The Influence of the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation and the North Atlantic Oscillation on Flood Frequency in Eastern Canada.
Claire O'Neill Sanger
Claire's research uses fossilized pollen from lake-bed sediment to reconstruct decadal to centennial scale forest-vegetation dynamics and climate variability over the last thousand years in southeastern Québec. As pollen is dispersed annually, it can be used as a natural climate proxy and Claire's research uses pollen records to investigate the effects of European colonization as well as anthropogenic climate change on sugar-maple hardwood forest ecosystems. Claire is working in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University under the supervision of Drs. Jeannine-Marie St-Jacques and Matthew Peros.
The title of Claire's thesis is Reconstructing environmental variability over the past millennium in southeastern Québec using high-resolution pollen records from a lake in Mont-Orford National Park.
Alexandre is researching the past climate of the interior of the Gaspésie peninsula using trees, a field called dendroclimatology. In seasonal climates, trees annually put on a ring of growth and one of the main factors affecting this growth is climate. He is analyzing the ring width and growth patterns of hundreds of trees in the Gaspésie National Park to gain an understanding of the moisture and temperature patterns centuries into the past. Alexandre spends his summers searching for the oldest trees in the valleys and peaks of the Gaspésie National Park with hopes of helping the park better understand the paleoclimate in order to better manage their resources and wildlife. He is currently pursuing this research as a MSc student in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University under the supervision of Dr. Jeannine-Marie St-Jacques.
The title of Alexandre's thesis is Reconstructions of climate in the Gaspésie using tree-ring proxies.
Kian is developing an integrated hybrid life cycle assessment framework to assess the environmental impact of industrial systems. These models integrate environmentally extended input–output models, which relate monetary transactions to environmental impacts at the economy level, and process-based life cycle assessment models, which model physical inputs (e.g., materials, energy) and outputs (e.g., products, environmental releases) at the process level. The goal of Kian's research is to enable accurate environmental life cycle assessment at the industry and organizational levels. He is pursuing this research as a PhD student in Industrial Engineering (in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial & Aerospace Engineering) at Concordia University under the supervision of Dr. Shannon Lloyd.
The title of Kian's thesis is Integrated hybrid Life Cycle Assessment for sustainable industrial systems.
Keroles' research develops new materials for stereolithography 3D-printing that are photo-stable. Current materials are too sensitive to sunlight that they break apart within months. Keroles is working in the INDI progam under the supervision of Dr. Paula Wood-Adams.
Keroles is also leading the "Waste Not, Want Not" compost collaboration. The collaboration is between students (GISA), faculty (LSRC), and administration (EH&S). The collaboration entails students and faculty organizing an education campaign while the administration improves infrastructure by making compost bins more widespread, and implementing on-site composting.
Stéphanie Marie Sabbagh
Stéphanie holds a BSc. in Biology from McGill University (2004). She is specialized in tropical marine ecology, focusing on coral reef ecosystems and conservation. During an exchange at the University of Queensland, Stéphanie conducted an independent study on the sub-lethal effects of coral bleaching on Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef. In 2006, she took on a position as a marine biologist with a Belizean NGO. In 2007, she worked as a research assistant on a long-term, large-scale shark project across Belize with the Wildlife Conservation Society. These experiences led Stéphanie back to McGill to begin an MSc. in Natural Resource Sciences to explore “Social factors affecting shark conservation management on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef: the case of Belize” under the supervision of Dr. G. Hickey. She is currently pursuing this research as a PhD student in the INDI program at Concordia University under the supervision of Drs. Monica Mulrennan, Peter Stoett, and Grant Brown.
The title of Stéphanie's thesis is Working at the interface to inform successful policies in shark conservation and management in Belize.
As urbanization is rapidly changing natural landscapes, with the majority of the world's population living in cities, it is important for those who inhabit these areas to learn how to best promote biodiversity. Therefore, Serena's project aims to determine which local and landscape factors most contribute to native bee communities, be it floral density, nectar volume-concentration ratios, flower color, floral nativity, or amount of impervious surface in the surrounding area. The goal is to help both civilians and urban planners to best design cities to promote native bee diversity. Serena is working in the Department of Biology at Concordia University under the supervision of Drs. Carly Ziter and Jean-Philippe Lessard.
The title of Serena's thesis project is Relative influence of local and landscape variables on native bee communities in urban ecosystems.
Free ranging and wild animals sometimes experience challenges of physical wellbeing and optimal movement ability, but assessing if they are stressed in these situations can prove difficult. Brogan’s research will be focusing on a population of Japanese macaques on Awaji Island, Japan that are born with very high incidences of limb malformations that cause physical impairment. This circumstance provides a rare opportunity to observe behavioral responses to disabilities. However, fully understanding and quantifying the costs of these disabilities remains a challenge. Fractal Analysis is a non-invasive method for quantifying subtle variations in the complexity of movement behavior patterns and sequences. Using Fractal Analysis, Brogan plans to test the hypothesis that impairment caused by congenital limb malformations will alter the complexity of movement behaviors for disabled monkeys under free-ranging conditions. Studying behaviour in the context of disability can highlight the selective pressures that individuals face and reveal adaptations for behavioural flexibility and environmental tolerances. Brogan is working in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University under the supervision of Dr. Sarah Turner.
The title of Brogan's thesis project is Using fractal analysis to determine if physical impairment in Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) alters behavioural movement complexity.
Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas; in the province of Quebec, this number reaches over 80%. While nature connectedness is a strong predictor of pro-environmental behaviours, many people living in cities have limited experience and connection with the natural world and with the ways our food is produced. Andrée's masters' project uses garden-based pedagogy as well as consumer experience theories to create workshops and spaces designed to increase awareness and greater connections with our natural environments.
Andrée's areas of special interest include the fields of environmental communication, memory, sensory and care studies, urban design, and the influence and power of storytelling as a catalyst for the potential for societal change. She is a recipient of a Concordia Sustainability Action Fund Award and the Éric St-Pierre Award. Andrée is pursuing this work in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Miller.
The title of Andrée's project is mind.heart.mouth. Collective gardening, Design, and Community Care.
Hami’s research focuses on contexts involving significant, large-scale change. Specifically, he is motivated to contribute to the institutional perspective in the field of level change. His research revolves around the questions of “Why some issues trigger the field-level changes while others fail to do so?” or “What is the process of field level change in our main socio-technical systems (e.g. water sector, energy sector and transpiration system)”. By linking both structural issues (exogenous shocks, context and time) and endogenous activities (agency, practice and policy) together, he aims to formulate a comprehensive framework to address the process of transition toward sustainability in a focal sector. Theoretically, his research lies at the intersection of social innovation, institutional, and sustainable transition theories. Empirically, his research focuses on sustainable emerging technologies such as smart grid, e-cars, solar panels, and e-bikes in various context. He is currently pursuing this research as a PhD student in the Department of Management at Concordia University under the supervision of Drs. Rajshree Prakash and Raymond Paquin.
The title of Hami's thesis is Dynamic of change in transition toward sustainability; Insights from institutional theory.
Zeynab is developing a method for considering end-of-life and waste management in surface engineering life cycle assessment (LCA). Her research is funded by the Green Surface Engineering for Advanced Manufacturing (Green-SEAM) Strategic Network. It is part of a larger project aimed at developing a LCA-based tool for assessing the environmental impacts and benefits of surface engineering solutions during early research and development. Zeynab is conducting this research as a MASc student in Industrial Engineering (in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial & Aerospace Engineering) at Concordia University under the supervision of Dr. Shannon Lloyd.
The title of Zeynab's thesis is Waste management in surface engineering from the viewpoint of Life Cycle Assessment.
The Advisory Board makes recommendations on future initiatives and resource allocation.
Advisory Board Members
- Selvadurai Dayanandan - Department of Biology, Faculty of Arts and Science
- James Grant - Department of Biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciencey
- Jochen Jaeger - Co-Director of the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre / Department of Geography, Planning and Environment, Faculty of Arts and Science
- Patrick Leroux - Associate Dean of Research at the Faculty of Arts and Science / Department of English, Faculty of Arts and Science
- Amy Poteete - Co-Director of the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre / Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts and Science
- David Secko - Department of Journalism, Faculty of Arts and Science
- Raymond Paquin - Department of Management, John Molson School of Business