INVESTIGATORS

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Daniel Henstra

Daniel is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and a Senior Fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation. His research focuses on the politics and governance of complex policy areas such as climate change adaptation, emergency management and flood risk management. In addition to his academic work, he has substantial experience in applied policy analysis, including contract research with government departments such as Infrastructure Canada, Natural Resources Canada and Public Safety Canada.

 
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Jason Thistlethwaite

Jason is Associate Professor for the School of Environment Enterprise and Development (SEED) at the University of Waterloo. His research focuses on innovative strategies designed to reduce the economic impacts of extreme weather and climate change. He explores the role of insurance and government risk-transfer in promoting climate change adaptation and reducing economic vulnerability. Jason's research interests are focused on assessing the economic effects of climate change, natural disasters and extreme weather. With a specific interest in measuring local costs of extreme weather, and the viability of property insurance and disaster assistance as a means of reducing vulnerability in the era of climate change.

 
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Marie-Christine Therrien

Marie-Christine is Associate Professor at École natio­nale d’administration publi­que and the director of Cité-ID Liv­ing Lab: Gou­ver­nance de la rési­lience urbaine. Her research interests include governing resilience, crisis management, and complex organizations. Her current research includes problem solving for complex networks, analysis of organizational challenges, and crisis management. She has supervised over 20 Masters and PhD level students over the course of her research career. In addition to her academic pursuits, Marie-Christine has worked for organizations including the Cen­tre de la rési­lience de la Ville de Mon­tréal, Sci­ence Appli­ca­tion Inter­na­tion­al Cor­po­ra­tion, the government of Québec and the Canadian Red Cross. She successfully contributed to Montréal’s 100 Resilient Cities program and has completed several intervention and evaluation mandates including the spring 2017 floods in Québec. She is an author on more than 20 articles, chapters and books related to emergency management and is currently Editor in Chief for the International Journal of Emergency Management.

 
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Greg Oulahen

Greg is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Ryerson University. He completed his PhD in Geography at the University of Western Ontario and his Post Doctoral Fellowship in Planning at the University of British Columbia. Greg’s research is focused on understanding the factors that interact to produce unequal vulnerability to hazards and how these factors can be addressed to reduce risk and adapt to climate change impacts. His approach to identifying and situating such factors is informed by the hazards, political ecology, and global environmental change literatures. Greg uses multiple/mixed methods to investigate across scales and across actors, primarily in urban, developed country contexts.

 
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Andrea Minano

Andrea is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo and the Research Manager for the Climate Risk Research Group. Andrea is a specialist in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and previously worked for municipal, provincial and federal governments as well as the insurance industry. Andrea’s research and work experience are highly interdisciplinary ranging from visualization of flood risk, community-based climate adaptation and flood risk management policy. Andrea’s current research focuses on public and private responsibilities in flood risk management and identifying opportunities for strengthening flood resiliency in Canada.

 
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Nick Hedley

Nick and his team design and develop geovisual interface technologies to simulate, analyze and interactively explore complex geographic phenomena.His group focuses on the development of virtual and augmented reality environments for geovisual analysis and communication in a wide range of geographic contexts: 3D hazard simulation; 3D kelp-ocean-debris dynamics; tsunami risk perception & communication; AI crowd simulation; 3D urban geovisual analysis; drone space; 3D archaeological analysis; climate change impacts.Recent technical innovations include exible mixed reality, Citizen Risk; CLIVE; geovisual lensing, situated simulation and geospatial x-ray vision. These have led to new theoretical constructs with which to understand spatial analysis and communication mediated by 3D visual interfaces, virtual environments and mixed reality.

 
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Eva Bogdan

Eva is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Researcher and a MEOPAR Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on how diverse and potentially competing sets of values and interests are navigated in policies and practices addressing socio-environmental problems, especially related to flood risk governance, natural resource management, and land-use. To examine these complex challenges, Eva applies an interdisciplinary lens and innovative stakeholder engagement approaches.

 

COLLABORATORS

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Sally Priest

Sally is Associate Professor and Head of the Flood Hazard Research Centre at Middlesex University London. Priest’s research pioneered the use of governance theory in FRM and multi-jurisdictional case analysis on international risk governance arrangements (e.g., FLOODsite, RISKMAP, STAR-Flood).

 
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Daniel Scott

Daniel is Professor and University Research Chair in Geography and Environmental Management as well as the Executive Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) at the University of Waterloo. He is a leading international scholar on the human dimensions of climate change and has been a contributing author or expert reviewer for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th assessment reports.

 
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Sarah Jones

Sarah is a Catastrophe Risk Analyst at JBA Risk Management, with a focus on researching on the impact of climate change on flood risk. This builds on experience from her time as a Financial Resilience Scientist at the UK Met Office. At JBA Risk Management she has been part of a team developing the UK’s first Climate Change Flood Catastrophe Model for use in the insurance industry. Most recently, Sarah has contributed to development of the Climate Change Flood Risk Indicator for Great Britain, an easy-to-use dataset derived from catastrophe model output for use within the financial services and property sector.