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Natural Resources Institute University of Manitoba Canada

Who are we

The Natural Resources Institute's (NRI) mission is to create, preserve and communicate interdisciplinary knowledge in areas of resource and environmental management, and to contribute to the well-being of the people of Manitoba, Canada and the world. The NRI has gained a solid reputation for linking the environment, economy, and the social well-being of people since its inception in 1968. A holistic interdisciplinary approach to natural resource and environmental management is pursued in all NRI programming: teaching, research and outreach.



Graduate Programs

Natural resources and environmental policy decision-making and practices provide the focus of our academic activities. NRI's strength and expertise cut across a number of resource and environmental fields including: human dimensions of environmental and natural resources management, natural and environmental resource policy, institutions, decision-making processes, risk assessment, environmental hazards mitigation and management, community based resource management, traditional ecological knowledge, habitat management and multi-stakeholder processes/public involvement.

The NRI's academic activities are focused upon local and global problem solving linked to the strength and expertise of faculty members and the interests of our students. NRI offers multidisciplinary education and professional training to foster innovative thinking capable of confronting problems involving natural resources and the environment. Environmental and natural resource problems encourage students to appreciate the complexity and interdependence of natural and human domains.

NRI faculty and students contribute to the sustainable development knowledge - locally, nationally and internationally. Our faculty members work closely with an outstanding cadre of adjunct professors from other University of Manitoba disciplines, the Universities of Brandon and Winnipeg, several government departments (such as the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Manitoba Department of Conservation), as well as non-governmental agencies and the private sector.

Dr. Fikret Berkes, was chosen to be the Community Based Resource Management Canadian Research Chair. This research program provides a unique approach to the social aspects of sustainability. It investigates the ways in which societies use environmental knowledge and develop institutions dealing with sustainability, with emphasis on change, complexity and uncertainty. The research approach involves analysis in three related areas: co-management (the joint management of resources), resilience (ability to absorb change), and use of local or indigenous knowledge, with case study development. It aims to develop a critical mass of researchers in the area of community-based resource management.

The Masters of Natural Resource Management provides a forum for examining natural resource and environmental issues, developing resource and environmental management skills and expertise in research methods. The Masters program has both required and elective courses and includes a Master's thesis. The Ph.D. degree program in natural resources and environmental management provides studies with a holistic and interdisciplinary approach. NRI programs and research will prepare students to confront the complex natural resource and environmental issues using a variety of tools and methods.

Research 

Research at the Institute can be divided into two categories, student theses and faculty research . Theses are initiated either by students or by staff members at the Institute; arrangements are made for students to research a particular resource problem. The thesis is a written research report prepared to address a practical problem or issue in natural resources management. Student thesis projects address a broad range of issues in the natural resource and environmental sector and are generally funded by government and private agencies. It is primarily through this research process that links are created between the Institute and our client community. Theses committees draw from a wide range of on-campus and off-campus expertise. The Institute continues to demonstrate that the university community has the people and the expertise to contribute solutions to complex problems in the field of resources management. Moreover, the practical experience gained by Institute students is invaluable in the education of professional resource managers.

Faculty research is carried out on a variety of topics. Areas of strength include natural resources policy; living resources; environmental and risk assessment; sustainable development; northern resources and native peoples; resource planning and administration and environmental hazard management. Major faculty research projects, with graduate student participation, are carried out in the areas of: sustainable floodplain management, risk perception and communication, hazards knowledge and research assessment; sustainable development of Northern Manitoba and comparative studies with the Russian North; environmentally and culturally appropriate economic development based on natural resources; community-based natural resource management, co-management of fish and wildlife, and common property resources; waste management, particularly waste reduction, local government and environmental decision-making; traditional ecological knowledge (ethnobotany/ethnoecology), forests and land-use planning, non-timber forest products, rural development, common property resources, co-management and political ecology; landscape ecology, prairie and wetland ecology, multi-species management, surrogate species, and ecological statistics; and environmental justice, environmental health, community development and information communication technology.

Results of faculty research projects are published in national and international journals and the scholarly media, and presented at world-class conferences. Applied aspects of these studies also become the subject of policy reports.

Facilities

NRI offers students a fully equipped computer laboratory with the latest software for word processing, statistics and geographical information systems. The NRI facilities also include the Centre for Community-Based Resource Management documentation, with state-of-the-art facilities to analyze cases and to support joint projects with diverse groups and agencies. NRI's collaboration on inter- disciplinary research projects with a variety of agencies provides student and staff access to a variety of research stations including the Delta Marsh Field Station, the Fort Whyte Centre, and the Experimental Lakes Area of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

To find out more

Email:  nriinfo@umanitoba.ca

Website: www.umanitoba.ca/institutes/natural_resources

 

 

303 Sinnott Building, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB R3T 2N2

Telephone: +1 204 474 8373

 

 



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Natural Resources Institute

University of Manitoba

303 Sinnott Building, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB R3T 2N2

Tel: +1 204 474-8373

Email: nriinfo@umanitoba.ca

Website:

www.umanitoba.ca/institutes

/natural_resources

 

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