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Causeway-related surveys in the field

Postcard invitations being sent to those living within about 4 km of each causeway.

Over the next couple of weeks, residents living near the Petitcodiac River causeway (partially replaced with the Honourable Brenda Robertson Bridge) in New Brunswick and the Avon River causeway in Nova Scotia will receive post cards from my lab. PhD student Keahna Margeson is running a study to understand peoples’ experiences and perceptions of changes to the causeways, tidal gates, and rivers over the years. If you get one of these in your mailbox, and you have 10-15 minutes to spare, we would be very grateful to hear from you. 

Addendum April 8th: These postcards have gone out to those on mail routes within–or that touch–a 4 km buffer of each causeway site. Mail routes in rural areas can be quite large. With Canada Post Admail we cannot control the outer edge of the distribution, and so you may have received the postcard even at a significant distance from a causeway site, but we are still very interested to hear from you. Many thanks for your support.

New review paper: social license to operate and coastal management

Table 1 in Margeson et al. 2023 showing factors that influenced coastal
SLO with associated themes that
emerged from the literature

Congratulations to Keahna and her PhD committee for the publication of her first comprehensive exam as a review in Environmental Management yesterday, The Role of Social License in Non-Industrial Marine and Coastal Planning: a Scoping Review. The idea of social license to operate is often used in industrial contexts, but in Nova Scotia we know that public acceptance can also be an issue with coastal activities such as conservation or restoration and related  nature-based coastal adaptation techniques. Using an SES lens Keahna reviewed 85 relevant papers–most from Europe and North America–and found key drivers to be sense of place, costs and benefits, perceived risk, trust and knowledge.

Fall 2024 omnibus

From left to right, Brooke, Patricia, Karen, Sam and I at Samantha’s MES defense

First, belated congratulations are due to Samantha Howard, who defended her MES thesis earlier in the fall term. Thanks to Brooke (her co-supervisor), Karen Akerlof of George Mason University in Washington, DC (her committee member), and Patricia Manuel from Dalhousie’s School of Planning for the great discussion of Sam’s work. Her thesis is now available on Dalspace:  Understanding Psychological Drivers of Attitudes Towards Coastal Climate Adaptations in the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia.

Brooke discussing the Advanced Grazing Systems program she is studying at the CFGA 2023 conference.

Second, great to see Brooke engaging with livestock producers, commodity group organizations and NGOs at this year’s Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA) conference in Harrison Hot Springs, BC. Her presentation was called Rotational grazing: Examining perspectives for sustainable Canadian landscapes, and draws upon her mixed methods research around the national grazing mentorship program Advanced Grazing Systems that is a partnership between CFGA and Farmers for Climate Solutions. Can’t deny that it is also a great time of year to be visiting somewhere with hot springs!

Last, today, Patrick James presented his MREM project to complete his program at Dalhousie. Over the summer, Patrick worked for the ResNet project on system dynamic modelling of specific ecosystem services, supervised by Lara. Over the fall term he has been supervised by Brooke, working on the SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant she led to understand how farmers are experiencing the New Brunswick Living Lab program. Congratulations, Patrick, and thanks for all the contributions you made to the lab!

New review paper on social barriers to NBCA

Figure 1 in Rahman et al. (2023) showing interconnected, nested and path dependent natures of barriers to NbCA.

Figure 1 in Rahman et al. (2023) showing interconnected, nested and path dependent natures of barriers to NbCA.

Today I see the long-awaited publication of the literature review that H. M. Tuihedur Rahman led as a postdoc with the Making Room for Movement project. Open access in Nature-based Solutions, the paper Characterizing social barriers to nature-based coastal adaptation approaches, demonstrates the importance of institutional and psychological barriers (among many others) in affecting the uptake of nature-based options.

Leaving WUR

Host Dirk Oudes and I at the multifunctional solar park De Kwekerij.

I’m heading out this morning from Wageningen after a full week of presentations and meetings. Wonderful to be immersed in a new university and disciplinary context for the last two weeks, and to have the opportunity to join yesterday’s field trip to sights relevant to the Climate-Responsive Planning and Design master’s course. Thanks to everyone for making my stay so interesting, Dirk for the invitation, and Wimek for the funding. As I leave, the Netherlands is dealing with surprises in its federal election yesterday.

Presenting to the Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning chair group meeting

Presenting to the WUR graduate elective course Climate-Responsive Planning and Design

The multifunctional solar park De Kwekerij and its adjacent neighbourhood (notably without solar PV on roofs)

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