Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, Faculty of Arts
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 1052
Work E-mail: [email protected]
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
- Can we project future food security implications in a northern region by applying downscaledclimate scenarios?
- How can we adapt the current water security paradigm to address freshwater challenges in northern Indigenous communities?
- What are key linkages between Indigenous food security and water security, and how can these be addressed?
- What are appropriate governance mechanisms for adapting to changing food security challenges in the North?
- In which ways can local and traditional knowledge (LTK) be scaled up to improve northern water governance at a regional scale?