Sonia Wesche

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Sonia Wesche
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, Faculty of Arts

Room: SMD07
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 1052
Work E-mail: swesche@uottawa.ca

Biography

Research

Sonia Wesche’s research focuses on the human dimensions of environmental change, more specifically on climate change impacts, vulnerability, adaptation, food and water security, and health and well-being in Indigenous communities. She works collaboratively with Indigenous communities and organizations in the Canadian North. Recent projects have focused on resilience in community-based traditional food systems; identifying and addressing water security issues in Nunavut communities; links between climate change, food security and community health; and community vulnerability and adaptation to environmental change in a social, economic and environmental sectors.

Type of Student Support Sought

Dr. Wesche seeks students with a strong academic background, an interest in (or previous experience) working on environmental issues relevant to Indigenous (or other marginalized) communities, and a desire to apply rigorous analysis (qualitative, participatory or quantitative) to address issues of concern to northern community members and/or policy-makers.

Research Question Examples for Prospective Students

  1. Can we project future food security implications in a northern region by applying downscaled​​​​​climate scenarios?
  2. How can we adapt the current water security paradigm to address freshwater challenges in northern Indigenous communities?
  3. What are key linkages between Indigenous food security and water security, and how can these be addressed?
  4. What are appropriate governance mechanisms for adapting to changing food security challenges in the North?
  5. In which ways can local and traditional knowledge (LTK) be scaled up to improve northern water governance at a regional scale?
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