Graduate Student Position Available

PhD, Rural Studies, University of Guelph

Stipend:  20K per year for 3 years + field expenditures; additional support provided by School for applicants with strong records.

Start date:   September 2018

Program info:


The Oil Sands region of Alberta offers an acute example of the growing challenges in Canada regarding the role of different levels of government, First Nations, Métis and stakeholders in environmental governance. We are offering a unique opportunity to join a multidisciplinary and multi-sectorial research group that is focusing on the challenges and opportunities of developing community-based monitoring programs in the Oil Sands region of Alberta. The team includes government policy makers, fish biologists, resource managers, academics from across the country as well as partners in First Nations and Metis communities. The doctoral student will conduct interdisciplinary, participatory research while supporting the development of community-based monitoring projects, based on the application of the Multiple Evidence Based (MEB) approach supporting knowledge co-production between Indigenous, local and scientific knowledge systems.

Desired skills and qualifications

  • Master’s degree in relevant field including environmental management; planning and development; anthropology; environmental studies; political science; etc.
  • Experience working in Indigenous community contexts in Canada
  • Expertise in conducting social research using participatory approaches
  • Track record or potential of publication and/or work experience in an academic context (conferences, active in networks, etc.) and service to Indigenous communities.
  • Some understanding of the complex nature of environmental governance in multi-stakeholder contexts (northern Alberta preferred) involving resource intensive industries, government agencies, First Nation and/or Métis governments and organizations, associations, non-government associations, etc.
  • Knowledge of environmental monitoring issues in Indigenous contexts is an asset.
  • Experience communicating results of research and scientific information to Indigenous partners in a clear, accessible and respectful ways.
  • Knowledge of fish ecology and management, biocultural diversity, social-ecological systems and/or resilience an asset.

Interested applicants should send by email a cover letter, CV and contact information for 2 references to Dr. Nicolas Brunet, University of Guelph, as soon as possible.