Jen Holzer

McGill University
Postdoctoral fellow candidate

Supervisor: Gordon Hickey
Julia Baird, Brock University
Start: 2020-02-05
End: 2022-01-31
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ResNet: To support Canada's capacity to monitor, model, and manage its working landscapes and seascapes (and all the ecosystem services they provide) for the long-term shared health, prosperity and r
This project aims to develop concepts, frameworks, and methods to support more effective, participatory, multi-level governance of working landscapes in Canada. We aim to improve governance of working landscapes by: 1) Eliciting and facilitating the sharing of the diverse perceptions, knowledge, and tacit knowledge held by actors about their landscape, its benefits, its challenges, and related environmental and social phenomena; 2) Facilitating participatory approaches to knowledge-sharing and decision-making regarding vis-a-vis landscapes; 3) Creating pathways for transformation at all levels, in service of more effective, more equitable, resilience-based landscape governance. This work encompasses and integrates: process and collaboration, data collection and analysis, knowledge integration, decision making, and evaluation aspects of participatory governance. While our focus is on decision support tools and methods, we recognize that this is part of a larger process that includes building relationships, co-creating conceptual frameworks, models, and methodologies, and iterative learning, all of which help to build capacity for long-term collaboration toward more effective decision-making.


Decision support, Landscape governance, Transdisciplinarity, Impact evaluation, Stakeholder engagement