Nathan Bennett

Nathan Bennett, BEd, MES, PhD


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Nathan Bennett has worked as a teacher, guide, international development worker, sustainability educator, and researcher. An environmental and social ethic shaped by lifelong explorations of wilderness areas and experiences working in diverse communities guides Nathan Bennett’s work and research. As an early career social scientist, Nathan chooses to primarily focus on research projects that interrogate the relationship between conservation and development through a solution-oriented lens. His master’s research focused on the role of a Canadian national park in the social, cultural, political, and economic development of the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation of Lutsel K’e, Northwest Territories, Canada. For this work, Nathan was awarded the Robin P. Armstrong Award by the Canadian Association of Geographers. Nathan’s doctoral research, as part of the Marine Protected Areas Research Group at the University of Victoria, focused on various aspects of the relationship between MPAs, climate change, and local livelihoods on the Andaman coast of Thailand. During his time with MPARG, Nathan was a lead researcher and project manager on Project IMPAACT: Improving Marine Protected Areas on the Andaman Coast of Thailand under a Climate Change Regime. Nathan was also a Scholar of the Trudeau Foundation, a SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholar, and a Fellow of the Protected Areas and Poverty Reduction Project. Nathan has now completed his PhD and taken up a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia.

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  • Bennett, N., Kadfak, A & Dearden, P. (2013). Facing the future together: Using Participatory Scenario Planning to Explore Social-Ecological Changes and Adaptations in Coastal Communities in Thailand. Presentation at the Canadian Association of Geographer’s Annual General Meeting, St John’s, Newfoundland, August 12-15, 2013.
  • Bennett, N. & Dearden, P. (2013). Community Perceptions of Marine Protected Areas: What Qualitative and Quantitative Perceptions-Based Studies (Can and Can Not) Tell Us About Conservation. Presentation at Environmental Studies Association of Canada, June 3-5, 2013, Victoria, BC
  • Bennett, N. (2013). Complexity, Governance, Livelihoods and Scale: Barriers Facing Marine Management and Conservation Initiatives on the Andaman Coast of Thailand. Presentation at International Small Island Studies Association Conference, Gabriola, BC, May 10-12, 2013.
  • Bennett, N., Dearden, P., Peredo, A.M. (2013). Coastal communities at the crossroads of climate change and economic globalization on the Andaman Coast of Thailand. Paper presentation at American Association of Geographers AGM, Los Angeles California, April 10, 2013.
  • Bennett, N.& Dearden, P. (2012). Adapting to Social but not Environmental Change?: A Case Study of Marine Protected Area Communities on the Andaman Coast of Thailand. Canadian Association of Geographers AGM, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Waterloo, May 26-June 1, 2012.
  • Bennett, N., & Dearden, P. (2012). A History of Change: Using Photovoice to Explore Social and Ecological Change in the Marine Environment. Canadian Association of Geographers AGM, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Waterloo, May 26-June 1, 2012.
  • Dearden, P., Bennett, N., Manopawitr, P., & Augustine, S. (2012). Climate Change and Coral Reefs on Thailand’s Andaman Coast: Preliminary Results. Western Division Canadian Association of Geographers, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, March 8-10, 2012.
  • Lemelin, H., Johnston, M., Stewart, E., & Bennett, N. (2012). Gateway Communities in the Canadian North, Presentation at International Polar Tourism Research Network Conference, Nain, Nanatsiavut, April 16-21, 2012.
  • Bennett, N. (2011). From Inputs to Outcomes: What is Required to Achieve the Social, Economic, and Ecological Potential of Marine Protected Areas? International Marine Conservation Congress 2011, Victoria, BC, Canada.
  • Bennett, N., Lemelin, H., Koster, R., & Budke, I. (2011). A Capital Assets Framework for Appraising and Building Capacity in Aboriginal Protected Area Gateway Communities. American Association of Geographers AGM, Seattle, WA, April 11-16, 2011.
  • Bennett, N., Kapeshesit, R., Lemelin, H. & Williams, G. (2010). Success Through Community Empowerment: The Case of the Cree Village Ecolodge. Canadian Association for Geographers AGM, Regina, Saskatchewan, June 1-5, 2010.
  • Bennett, N., Lemelin, H., Johnston, M., Ellis, S., & Enzoe, G. (2009). “The Role of the Social Economy in Facilitating Community Social and Economic Development Related to Conservation”. Association for Non-profit and Social Economy and Research (ANSER), Congress 2009, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON
  • Bennett, N., Lemelin, H., Ellis, S., & Enzoe, G. (March 22, 2009). “Differing Perspectives on the Community Benefits of Conservation: A Comparison of Local and External Perspectives on a Proposed National Park”. American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual General Meeting, Las Vegas.
  • Bennett, N., & Lemelin, H. (2009). “The Proposed Pimachiowin-Aki World Heritage Site: Designation of an Indigenous World Heritage Site in a Canadian Context”. Canadian Association of Geographers AGM (CAG), Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2009, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario.

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