Aquatic Resources and Human Dimensions

The translation of scientific principles to policy—and furthering our understanding of humankind’s role in the Great Lakes ecosystem—is of utmost importance to researchers at the Great Lakes Research Center.

The Center houses a diverse set of social scientists, ranging in expertise from environmental history to sociology to economics to anthropology. Together with the talents of biophysical and biological researchers at the Center, we aim to understand the inherently complex issues surrounding the largest freshwater system on Earth.

We also focus tremendous efforts on community outreach and education programs, helping to educate the next generation of policy-makers and the general public about the wonders of the Great Lakes.

Given the multi-disciplinary nature of the Center, our team focuses on a wide set of topics. From analysis of multi-jurisdictional governance mechanisms to the evolution of shipping and port infrastructure to the role of information in water resource decision-making, our opportunities for research are endless.

Faculty Areas of Interest
Non-market valuation; Discrete choice modeling; Benefit-cost analysis; Environmental sustainability; Health economics
Great Lakes of North America; International Law; Malta; Scholarship of Pedagogy; Arctic Affairs
The historical interaction between technological change, uses of the environment, and systems of governance; Adaptive governance; Sustainable energy and environmental policy
Toxics, forested watersheds, and northern lakes; Environmental history; Watershed change and water quality; Mining history
Environmental anthropology/political ecology; Anthropology of industry (mining, sugar); Hawai`i and the Pacific; Anthropology of public policy
Industrial archaeology; Industrial heritage; Historical archaeology
Landscape ecology; Conservation Biology; Environmental and Natural Resources Policy; Sustainability science
Social simulation; Agent-based modeling; Land-use modeling; Norm evolution; Survey design; International relations
Canadian Energy and Environmental Issues; Climate Change Adaptation; Oil Sands Development; Forest Policy; Canadian history
Rural Sociology; Population and Environment; Environmental Sociology; Community Engaged Scholarship; Internal Migration; GIS and spatial analysis