I am a sustainability researcher and participatory modeler specializing in environmental policy. Broadly speaking, I explore multi-stakeholder perspectives about complex problems, most often involving some aspect of climate change adaptation. My work is grounded in systems thinking and co-design with stakeholders to foster collective learning. The methods and tools I use may be applied in a wide range of contexts: I have worked with mariners who navigate in fast-changing sea-ice environments to coproduce metocean information products in support of safe operations. I have also worked with Iñupiat coastal communities in Alaska to model the socially, economically and biophysically linked dynamics of sustainable futures. Whether it is about eliciting the needs of users of informational services and products, or working with communities to envision healthy futures, a common denominator in all projects has been a rapidly-changing decision-environment and a pressing need for adaptive action.
Having engaged extensively with coastal communities and marine sectors in the Arctic region, I have grown to appreciate the innovative potential of anticipating change. Experiential methods such as participatory simulation and foresight methodologies have great potential to facilitate adaptive learning in a wide range of outreach contexts.
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“Responsible innovation as the institutional space that governs development in sea-ice social-ecological systems, runs in parallel with the creation of long-term strategies. These strategies provide a space for the prioritization of policies and approaches to resolve outlined issues and problems, focusing on ways in which sea ice observation, monitoring, and services can aid this process.”Blair, Lee & Lamers (2020)