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- 1Alberta Oilsands, Ecological Habitus, Pierre Bourdieu, Social Practice Theory, Climate Change Denial, Lifestyles, Green Technologies, Decarbonisation
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An Ecological Habitus on the oilfield? Environmental concerns of oilsands workers and their lifestyle social practices.Download
In this case study research I interviewed direct employees of oilsands mines in Northern Alberta about their environmental concerns, how their concerns translate into their day-to-day lives, how they think about climate change, green energy technologies, and a world beyond oil use. I use the...
Perceptions and practices of flood risk management: A case study of flood risk governance in High River, AlbertaDownload
Flooding is a major problem across Canada, causing more property damage than any other hazard, and is expected to increase in severity due to climate change. Alberta’s 2013 floods—one of the most expensive natural disasters in Canada’s history—revealed the vulnerability of the province to such...
Mining the communicative flow: Communication and social learning in the reclamation of the ‘Vista Coal Mine’ project in Alberta, CanadaDownload
In the development and approval of new extractive resource industry projects in or close to communities, it is necessary to explore if and how communication and social networks surrounding these projects offer a platform for collaborative debate and knowledge formation. In doing so, we can better...
Moving through uncertain times: A morphogenetic approach to understanding people's response to crisis in two forest community contexts in rural British ColumbiaDownload
The degree to which individuals have agency to respond during crisis, and the degree to which social structure and culture influence their course of action, present compelling questions for understanding social change. The tradition of examining the interplay between agency and social structure,...
Postcolonial Critique of Environmental Justice: A Discourse Analysis of United Nations Documents on Post-Invasion Iraq and AfghanistanDownload
This thesis offers a postcolonial understanding of power relations in environmental justice discourse. The main argument of this research is that environmental justice can be seen not only from a postcolonial point of view, but also as a postcolonial issue. The intellectual contribution of the...
Making a Place at the Table: Examining the Impact and Influence of Women in Agricultural Leadership in the Canadian PrairiesDownload
Since the first days of cultivation of the land, women have played an essential role in the development of agriculture of the Canadian prairies. Over the past 150 years, as prairie agriculture has undergone a range of socio-cultural, economic and technical changes, so too have the roles,...