Tenley ConwayProfessor, Associate Chair, Research, ENV Management Program advisor Geography, Geomatics and Environment
My Research Interests
My current research focuses on green infrastructure. Green infrastructure has the potential to address growing urban challenges, including storm water management and climate change mitigation/adaptation. Recent research has explored installation, function and benefits of green infrastructure, while many municipalities are incorporating it into storm water and other related policy. In many cities, residents’ participation in green infrastructure initiatives is needed given the overall proportion of residential land and the space to install green infrastructure on many properties. However, the little research conducted on this topic suggests that residents are unfamiliar with a green infrastructure approach. As a result, the willingness and ability of residents to adopt green infrastructure is unclear. The project will contribute to a better understanding of fine-scale urban socio-ecological dynamics, as well as on-going discussions in the urban environmental management and urban forestry literatures. There will be opportunities to network with NGO and government partners contributing to the project, as well as international research collaborators.
I participate in the following research clusters:
Graduate Student Recruitment
I am looking for one or more graduate students interested in urban environmental management, socio- ecological systems, and/or urban forests to work on an SSHRC funded project surveying urban residents about their knowledge, attitudes and actions related to specific green infrastructure features. This is part of a larger project looking to identify barriers to a green infrastructure approach and effective solutions.