Evalyna is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Researcher and a MEOPAR Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on how diverse and competing priorities are navigated in policies and practices addressing socio-environmental problems, especially related to flood risk governance. To examine these complex challenges, Evalyna applies an interdisciplinary lens and innovative stakeholder engagement approaches.
In my postdoctoral research, Building Capacity for Difficult Conversations on Flood Risk Management in Canadian Coastal Communities, I address the need for social innovation in flood risk governance by developing the Tough Conversations Protocol. Flood risk management is contentious because it touches on core values of public safety, property rights, and economic security. Inspired by my research in the Netherlands and experiences co-designing innovative techniques, I incorporate into my Protocol engagement best practices, role-playing simulation, and an online training on conflict resolution. My goal is to enhance collective problem-solving to address flooding issues in Halifax, NS and Sechelt, BC as part of the FloodGov project.