Kirit Patel is an Associate Professor of International Development Studies at the Menno Simons College. As an academic, policy analyst, and development professional, Kirit’s teaching, research, and community engagement are focused on agrarian change, environmental justice, and community empowerment. His current research examines various socioeconomic and environmental issues related to environmental justice, nutrition security, rural-urban migration, agrobiodiversity conservation, indigenous knowledge system, and governance of common property resources in the Global South. Kirit has raised close to four million dollars for various research projects in the last eight years and has extensively engaged undergraduate and gradual students in his research projects.
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Alan Diduck is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at the University of Winnipeg. Prior to joining UW, he was a lawyer and Executive Director of Community Legal Education Association, a social profit organization providing public legal education and information services. Alan’s research deals with community involvement in environmental governance, particularly impact assessment. An important focus of his work is the learning implications of involvement and the consequences for social dimensions of sustainability. He studies non-formal and informal learning and multiple types of outcomes, such as cognitive, value, behavioural, relational and institutional change. His work encompasses different societal levels (individuals, groups and organizations) and various social aspects, e.g., adaptive capacity, environmental justice and socio-political empowerment.
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