Communities, industries and governments in natural resource-rich areas of Canada must constantly adapt to pressures caused by environmental and social changes. The impacts of climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, and Truth and Reconciliation processes are changing governance and development models in these areas. As Canada Research Chair in Human-Environment Interactions, Dr. Ryan Bullock is strengthening the capacities, processes and partnership models needed to support Canada’s vital and complex renewable resource sector.
He and his research team are examining new models for cross-cultural collaboration, building community-based research partnerships, and engaging knowledge users to advance research, practice and policy in this area. They are creating comparative case studies to develop theories and glean insights into adaptive strategies for use in cross-cultural settings. They will also look to planned or existing adaptation initiatives to inform how best to support cross-cultural natural resource systems.