Hameet Singh

MES Candidate

Email: hk23singh@uwaterloo.ca

LinkedIn: Hameet Singh

I am a Master of Environmental Studies student, focusing on Sustainability Management at the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED), University of Waterloo. I am also partaking in the Collaborative Water Program at the Water Institute, through which I have received the RBC Water Scholars Graduate Entrance Scholarship. I attained my Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Honours Environment and Business Co-op (September 2012 – April 2017), from SEED as well (Diploma in Environmental Assessment, Minor in Legal Studies, Minor in Geography and Environmental Management). Through the co-operative program, I had the opportunity to intern at two federal government departments (Public Service and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)), two regional municipalities (Region of Peel and York Region), and a provincial crown corporation (Infrastructure Ontario). I have worked on projects ranging from environmental QA/QC, waste infrastructure, source water protection, environmental risk management, verification of significant drinking water quality threats, land and water resources management issues pertaining to the Canadian North, and environmental assessment.

I commenced the MES degree in September 2017 under the supervision of Professor Prateep Nayak, and will be concentrating my thesis on the “Governance to Navigate Regime Shifts” dimension of Social-Ecological Regime Shifts (SERSs). Specifically, I will strive to examine the implications of community-managed marine protected areas (MPAs) as a governance approach to deal with SERs in the Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Merida Mexico, and its potential for ecological conservation and community wellbeing. My research objectives include characterizing the nature of the SERs taking place, examining the community perceptions of the MPA in relation to the historical and ongoing processes of rapid change, and examining how community-managed MPAs can provide novel governance arrangements to better respond to SERSs and help achieve conservation goals along with community wellbeing.