This fall, we were part of two exciting PhD defenses

Brennan Lowery 

Brennan Lowery, TBTI PhD student, successfully defended his thesis on 'Knowing beyond measurement’: Integrating sustainability indicators and storytelling in an alternative approach to sustainable development in rural Newfoundland and Labrador'.

Brennan's research focuses on how rural and resource-based regions in NL and similar jurisdictions can identify and mobilize their local assets to help tell authentic stories that promote well-being and sustainability. Using an asset-based approach to understanding the sustainability of rural regions, his research aims to identify how rural NL regions can draw on their existing capacities to foster new place-based development opportunities while challenging narratives of decline about rural communities with stories of community pride and strength. Within this broader focus, he is particularly interested in the use of sustainability indicators as asset identification and evaluation tools, and how rural regions can use them to tell new stories about their communities and identify new assets for use in sustainable community and regional development. His research was conducted on the Great Northern Peninsula region of Newfoundland, a remote northern region where previous work has been done to conduct asset mapping of regional assets and where significant regional governance efforts have taken place in communities.

Brennan has been working under the supervisions of Drs. Kelly Vodden (Memorial University), John Dagevos (Telos Brabant Centre Netherlands), Doug May (Memorial University) and Ratana Chuenpagdee (Memorial University).

Evan Andrews

On Thursday, October 29, 2020, Evan Andrews successfully defended his PhD dissertation titled, Fisher behaviour and its implications for the governability of Canada’s Atlantic inshore fisheries. His dissertation provides novel evidence about fisher behaviour and its explanations, including values, perspectives, and emotions related to change in fisheries. Chief among his contributions are evidence-based and practical strategies to help the Canadian government incorporate social science about fisher behaviour in policy development and implementation.

By turning theory on its head and involving multiple perspectives, he made recommendations likely to strengthen governability in ways that embrace social complexity and promote more proactive governing of coastal fisheries. Evan’s research was supervised by Dr. Derek Armitage (University of Waterloo) and examined by Dr. Ingrid van Putten (CSIRO).

Evan has been closely working with TBTI for several years he is excited to share his doctoral insights with the TBTI global community. This fall, he has been co-facilitating TBTI online course 'Transdisciplinarity in Fisheries & Ocean Sustainability'.