Derek Armitage, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability
My academic background is in geography, environmental studies and international development. Prior to academia, I worked as a consultant on a variety of projects for Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the GEF (World Bank), ADB and IADB, and before that, as a CUSO volunteer in Tanzania. I am a Senior Fellow, Earth Systems Governance project, Adjunct Professor – Natural Resources Institute (University of Manitoba), and past Working Group Leader – Oceans Management Research Network (Canada). I also serve as an Editor for the journals Ecology and Society and Conservation Letters.
Prateep Nayak, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development
Prateep’s academic background is in political science, environmental studies and international development. He does interdisciplinary work with an active interest in combining social and ecological perspectives. Prateep’s research focuses on the understanding of complex human-environment connections (or disconnections) with particular attention to change, its drivers, their influence and possible ways to deal with them. His main research interests include commons, environmental governance, social-ecological system resilience, environmental justice and political ecology. In the past, Prateep worked as a development professional in India on issues around community-based governance of land, water and forests, focusing specifically at the interface of research, implementation and public policy. Currently, he teaches international development and environment. Prateep is a past Trudeau Scholar, a Harvard Giorgio Ruffolo Fellow in Sustainability Science, a recipient of Canada’s Governor General Academic Gold Medal, and SSHRC Banting Fellow.