Dr. Kathy Lewis
Program Chair, ESM and ORTM
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Phil completed undergraduate degrees in Geography (BA) and Outdoor Recreation (HBOR) at Lakehead University. Before returning for his MA and PhD at U Alberta, Phil facilitated international field programs focused on community-based environmental problem solving in rural and remote areas. Phil critically interprets dominant Western conceptions of human-nature relationships and focuses on socio-ecological approaches to studying, theorizing, and practicing outdoor recreation, education, and travel. He investigates the interrelationship of people and place through outdoor activities, and researches how enskilment (the process of becoming skilled) shapes knowledge of, and engagement with, landscapes and issues. That is, how outdoor activities and related discourses position people as participants in particular social, ecological, and economic relations relative to issues of sustainability. Phil interprets how these relations produce, maintain, and challenge wilderness, parks, protected areas, and green space, as well as how they can be used to understand and improve outdoor and environmental education for conservation and social change.
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Phone: 250 960 6353
I completed undergraduate degrees in biology and in outdoor recreation management from Lakehead University and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in natural resource management from Ohio State University. My research focuses on conservation-based approaches to protected areas design, planning and management; managing and monitoring the ecological integrity of protected areas; indigenous tourism; and the social and ecological impacts and benefits of tourism and recreation on wild spaces. Other research interests include the development of systems-based monitoring approaches for sustainable forest management.
In addition to teaching and working throughout British Columbia and the rest of Canada I've also worked throughout the US and internationally in Central and South America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
I chair the BC Protected Areas Research Forum (www.unbc.ca/bcparf) an organization dedicated to strengthening the linkages between research and protected areas planning and management.
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Cape Breton University
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Vancouver Island University
Farhad’s teaching and research interests are framed within the context of sustainable tourism and recreation, community tourism, outdoor recreation, and environmental psychology. By integrating quantitative and qualitative methods, his aim is to extend the scope of sustainable tourism planning techniques that successfully improve communities’ resilience through addressing the needs of individuals, communities, and local tourism businesses. Farhad also conducts behaviour research to understand people’s motivations to participate in sustainable outdoor recreation and tourism activities and social psychological predictors of their behaviours. Prior to his appointment as a faculty member at Vancouver Island University, he served as an instructor and post-doctoral fellow at the University of Alberta and as an assistant professor at University of Northern BC. He has also worked as a community development practitioner and nature-based tourism planner in Canada and internationally.
May Kristin Vespestad (Harstad University College, Norway) -- Fall 2009
Dr. Anna Thompson (University of Otago, New Zealand) -- Fall 2010
• Seminar for the NRESi Colloquium Series
Andy Thompson (Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand) -- Fall 2010
• Presentation to the Prince George Section of the Alpine Club of Canada
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