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Opening Windows has landed

Instagram post from the Faculty of Planning announcing the hard copies of Opening Windows arriving.

Thanks to the Faculty of Science Comms folks for recognizing the arrival of the hard copies of Opening Windows last week. This means the ~50 contributing authors worldwide are receiving theirs, too, and I hope they’re as proud as I am. Thanks to my co-editors, Doug Jackson-Smith and Glad Thondhlana, for the teamwork and IASNR for entrusting us with this important job of taking the pulse of our field and looking into its future!

Opening Windows book done!

The final cover design.

It is exciting to be able to report that the edited volume that I’ve been working on since late 2020 with colleagues Glad Thondhlana and Doug Jackson-Smith will be coming out in a few months, part of the SNR Book Series published by Utah State University Press/University Press of Colorado. The book is the third in a series of decadal reviews of the field of natural resource social sciences (NRSS) (after this one in 2004, and this one in 2014) undertaken with the leadership of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR). It is called Opening Windows: Embracing New Perspectives and Practices in Natural Resource Social Sciences, and features 15 chapters from dozens of authors around the world, including a number from Dalhousie (MES alum Bryanne Lamoureux, PhD candidate Yan Chen, MREM alum Polly Nguyen and my SRES colleague Melanie Zurba). The Dal team wrote a very cool synthesis of visual and arts-based methods for NRSS that included a typology and analysis of which methods were most associated with outcomes of empowerment. It was an honour to be asked to take the lead in developing this book, and I’m very excited to see it all come to a successful and on-time completion. There will be a book launch at the IASNR conference this June in Cairns, Australia, at which all registrants will receive e-book versions. I’ll be the one with a very big drink.

Feb 8 update: It’s off to the printer today!

Feb 23 update: Pre-orders are discounted -40% until May using the code SHER24 at

Pre-ordering open for Energy Impacts book

New edited volume cover

New edited volume cover

Excited to see that the new edited volume by Jacquet, Haggerty and Theodori, Energy Impacts, A Multidisciplinary Exploration of North American Energy Development, is finally available for pre-order. This book has come out of a US NSF-funded grant held by the editors, which provided the opportunity for a great symposium as well. I workshopped climax thinking at the symposium in Ohio back in 2017, and subsequently submitted my original framework chapter, From climax thinking toward a non-equilibrium approach to public good landscape changeto the resulting book, and so have been getting a little impatient for its release. John Parkins and I also submitted a methodological piece on Q-methodology across scales. It is good news to finally learn that the book will be available for download or shipping later in 2020. While my chapter is not limited at all to impacts in energy, the ideas first emerged while working on the Mactaquac dam and headpond back in the mid 2010s. Nice that this is out around the same time that I’m delivering a keynote at ISSRM 2020 (online) about climax thinking and the empirical work that has been done since I wrote this chapter.

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