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Graham Strickert PhD Assistant Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability

Member, Global Institute for Water Security

Room 334, Kirk Hall

Research Area(s)

  • Human dimensions of water security

Academic Credentials

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Complex Systems (specialization - Human Dimensions of Natural Hazards and Disasters), Lincoln University, New Zealand
  • Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism / Bachelor of Geography, Lakehead University

Research Profile

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In my research, I try to better understand how different people think about and use water and by working with physical scientists, how this shapes the water systems.  Right now my focus is on water security in the western interior of Canada, but I have also studied natural hazards in mountain and river systems, how to develop eco-friendly tourism in remote areas, how to clean-up and remediate industrial legacy sites, and how to make environmental certification systems work for small businesses.  I am a social-systems scientist specializing in hazards, with an interest in how human behaviours influence the environment around us, especially in light of extreme environmental events.  My work has taken me from avalanche hazards that plague the ski industry in New Zealand, to the intricacies of water security in the Saskatchewan River Basin, and many places in-between.  I am very interested in bridging the gap that exists between academia and the public, and in making research relatable to the broader public through innovative means, like forum theatre.

News and Media

Socio-Hydrology - Human Dimensions of Water Science in the Saskatchewan River Basin.
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Current Research

Downstream actors in 2014 (from left): Jesse Fulcher Gagnon, Kelly McTaggart , Andrea Folster and Lauren Younghusband. Downstream was an interactive play to mobilize research knowledge.
  • Performing Perspectives On Water Security In The Saskatchewan River Basin
  • The Human Dimensions Of Water Security: Cultural Biases, Social Relations And Behavioral Strategies

Selected Publications

Appels, W., Bradford, L., Chun, K.P., Coles, A.E., and Strickert, G.  2017.  DIY meteorology: use of citizen science to monitor snow dynamics in a data-sparse city. FACETS, 2: 734–753.  https://doi.org/10.1139/facets-2017-0030

Strickert, G.E., Chun, K.P., Bradford, L.E., Clark, D.A., Gober, P., Reed. M.G., and Payton, D.  2015.  Unpacking viewpoints on water security: lessons from the South Saskatchewan River Basin. Water Policy, 18(1):  50-72.  https://doi.org/10.2166/wp.2015.195

Strickert, G.E.H. and Bradford, L.E.A.  2015.  Of research pings and ping-pong balls: The use of forum theatre for engaged water security research.  International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 14(5), 1-14.  https://doi.org/10.1177/1609406915621409

Gober, P.A., Strickert, G.E., Clark, D.A., Chun, K.P., Payton, D., and Bruce, K.  2014.  Divergent perspectives on water security: bridging the policy debate.  The Professional Geographer 67(1), 62-71.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00330124.2014.883960

Hill, H., Hadarits, M., Rieger, R., Strickert, G. , Davies, E.G.R., and Strobbe, K.M.  2014.  The invitational Drought Tournament:  What is it and why is it a useful tool for drought preparedness and adaptation?  Weather and Climate Extremes, 3: 107-116.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wace.2014.03.002

Lemelin, R.H., Koster, R., Bradford, L., Strickert, G., and Molinksy, L.  2014.  People, Protected Areas and Tourism: Place Attachment in Rossport Ontario Canada.  Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, 15(1-2):  167-182. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15022250.2015.1006391

Samarasinghe, S. and Strickert, G.  2013.  Mixed-method integration and advances in fuzzy cognitive maps for computational policy simulations for natural hazard mitigation.  Journal of Environmental Modelling and Software, 39: 188-200.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2012.06.008

Bradford, L., and Strickert, G.E.H.  2012.  Managing Water across Boundaries.  Conservation Biology, 26(5): 950-952. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1523-1739.2012.01924.x

Courses Taught

  • ENVS 805 - Data Analysis and Management 
  • ENVS 806 - Field Skills in Environment and Sustainability 
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