Speaker: Dan McCarthy
This talk traces my journey of transformative, systems-based, transdisciplinary, community-based research over my academic career thus far.
It highlights several iterations of transformative learning through systems and complexity-based thinking, community-based experience with environmental NGO¹s in southern Ontario and Indigenst research with several First Nations communities across Ontario. I will try to document key insights for other transdisciplinary, community-based researchers and how I've used these insights to inform my teaching.
Dr. Dan McCarthy is a faculty member with Social Innovation Generation (SiG) and the Waterloo Institute of Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR) as well as an Associate Professor in the Department of Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo.
Dan's interdisciplinary academic background has focused on exploring the utility of complex systems-based approaches to understanding and intervening in linked social, ecological, epistemological systems. Dan has strong research interests and partnerships that relate to fostering adaptive capacity, social and environmental justice and social innovation in the field of environmental policy. He works closely with several First Nations groups in both northern and southern Ontario as well as conservation and environmental movement organizations in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario.
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