Jennifer Silver

Assistant Professor College of Social & Applied Human Sciences Department of Geography Guelph, Ontario jsilve01@uoguelph.ca Office: (519) 824-4120 ext. 52176

Bio/Research

My academic curiosity and research tend to be occupied with questions of nature and society. How and why do we conceptualize and patrol these categories? What are the most appropriate approaches to living with(in) networks that produce uneven environmental and socioeconomic outcomes? How do cultu...

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Bio/Research

My academic curiosity and research tend to be occupied with questions of nature and society. How and why do we conceptualize and patrol these categories? What are the most appropriate approaches to living with(in) networks that produce uneven environmental and socioeconomic outcomes? How do culture, politics, and power affect all of the above? Human geography is a stimulating point of entry to these questions because it encourages me to consider a rich variety of evidence in relation to prominent social theory. To date, I have been most influenced by: political ecology and political economy, theory in environmental governance and property, thinking on economic diversity/more-than-capitalism, and post-humanism.

Topically, my research contributes to understandings of how various facets of society know, represent, and interact with oceans, coastal communities, and marine resources. My past work has focused on the participation of fishers in marine conservation research in the Caribbean and the politics and outcomes of initiatives for shellfish aquaculture expansion in British Columbia, Canada. Two strong themes in my emerging research program are:

- contemporary approaches and perspectives regarding seafood production, consumption, and regulation (e.g., aquaculture in North America)

- relations amongst organizations of Indigenous Peoples, Government, NGOs, and private firms in the context of environmental governance (e.g., Oceans governance, marine property, and development in British Columbia).

I am excited by research that broadens how we think about nature-society relations and speaks to what environmental governance might aspire to in the future, and I look forward to engaging with students, colleagues and others! Please be in touch if you would like more information on my research or course materials, or to discuss related ideas, issues, or projects.


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