Personal website: http://nathanbennett.ca
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.
- SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of British Columbia
- Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship, Trudeau Foundation
- Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, SSHRC
- Entrance Fellowship, University of Victoria
- R. P. Armstrong Award, Canadian Association of Geographers
- Bennett, N., Dearden, P., Murray, G. & Kadfak, A. (in press). “The Capacity to Adapt?: Coastal Communities in a Changing Climate, Environment, and Economy on the Andaman Coast of Thailand” Ecology and Society
- Bennett, N., Dearden, P., & Peredo, A.M. (in press). “Vulnerability to multiple stressors in coastal communities: A study of the Andaman Coast of Thailand” Climate and Development
- Bennett, N. J. & Dearden, P. (2013). Why local people do not support conservation: Community perceptions of marine protected area livelihood impacts, governance and management in Thailand. Marine Policy.
- Bennett, N. & Lemelin, R. H. (2013). Situating the Eco-Social Economy: Environmental Movements and Conservation Organizations as Catalysts for Social and Economic Development. Community Development Journal
- Bennett, N. & Dearden, P. (2013). A Picture of Change: Using Photovoice to Explore Social and Environmental Change in Coastal Communities on the Andaman Coast of Thailand. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability.
- Robinson, L., Bennett, N., King, L., & Murray, G. (2012). “We Want Our Children to Grow Up to See These Animals:” Values and Protected Areas Governance in Canada, Ghana and Tanzania. Human Ecology, 1–11. doi:10.1007/s10745-012-9502-7
- Bennett, N. J., Lemelin, R. H., Koster, R., & Budke, I (2012). A capital assets framework for appraising and building capacity for tourism development in aboriginal protected area gateway communities. Tourism Management.
- Kapashesit, R., Lemelin, R. H., Bennett, N., and Williams, G. (2011). The Cree Ecolodge: A Regional Tourism Catalyst. In A. Grenier & and D. K. Müller (Eds.). Polar Tourism: A Tool for Regional Development (155-178). Québec, QC : Presses de l’Université du Québec.
- Bennett, N., Lemelin, H., Johnston, M. & Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation (2010). Using the Social Economy in Tourism: A Study of National Park Creation and Community Development in the Northwest Territories, Canada. Journal of Rural and Community Development, 5(1/2), 200–220.
- Bennett, N., & Lemelin, H. (2010). A Critical Analysis of Ontario’s “Resource-Based Tourism Policy”. Journal of Rural and Community Development. 5(1/2), 21-35.
- Bennett, N., Lemelin, R.H., & Ellis, S. (2010). Aboriginal and Local Perspectives on the Community Benefits of Conservation: A Case Study of a Proposed Canadian National Park and the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation. Geography Research Forum, 30, 105-134.
- Lemelin, R. H., & Bennett, N. (2010). The Proposed Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Site: Management and Protection of Indigenous World Heritage Sites in a Canadian Context. Loisir/Leisure, 34(2), 169-187.
Selected Reports and Manuals:
- Bennett, N. & Dearden, P. (2012). From Outcomes to Inputs: What is Required to Achieve the Ecological and Socio-Economic Potential of Marine Protected Areas? (Working Paper). Victoria, Canada: Marine Protected Areas Research Group/University of Victoria. 38 p.
- Bennett, N. & Dearden, P. (2012). A History of Change: An Exploration of Social and Ecological Change in Ban Tha Khao Through the Photographs of Locals (in Thai and English – Translated by Alin Kadfak). Report prepared for Project IMPAACT, Marine Protected Areas Research Group, University of Victoria. 82 pages.
- Panjarat, S. & Bennett, N. (2012). Responses of Fishers to a 25-year Seasonal Closed Measure on the Andaman Coast of Thailand. Report prepared for Project IMPAACT and the Marine Protected Areas Research Group, University of Victoria. 21 pages.
- Kadfak, A., Bennett, N. & Prugsamatz, R. (2012). Scoping Study on Migrant Fishers and Transboundary Fishing in the Bay of Bengal. Report prepared for the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem Project. 97 pp.
- Bennett, N. (2010). Sustainable Livelihoods from Theory to Practice: An Extended Annotated Bibliography for Prospective Application of Livelihoods Thinking in Protected Area Community Research. University of Victoria/Vancouver Island University, Canada: MPARG/PAPR.
- Bennett, N. & Lemelin, R. H. (2009). Maximizing Benefit from the Creation of a National Park through Capacity Building and the Social Economy (Research report prepared for the Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation). Lakehead University. 51 pages.
- 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.