Shandel Brown, Master’s Candidate, University of Waterloo


Adaptive capacity and sense of place, Nova Scotia


I conducted my Master’s research during the summer of 2013 in the Nova Scotia ParCA study site. My data consists of 39 semi-Shandel Brownstructured community-based vulnerability assessment (CBVA) interviews with fishers, fish buyers, harbour supervisors and federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans representatives. A report on the initial findings from this research was compiled in the fall of 2013 and provided to the Municipality of the District of Shelburne for use in the development of their Municipal Climate Change Action Plan. In 2014 I returned to the study site after completing my analysis of the results to get feedback from the community on how I had interpreted the interviews. We partnered with the Shelburne County Museum to offer the feedback session as an event at the 28th annual Shelburne County Lobster festival. ParCA researcher Saveena Patara and I collaboratively presented both fisheries and tourism research for this site at the feedback session. In addition to the presentation I was offered the opportunity to contribute my photography to a lobster fishing exhibit at the Shelburne County Museum, offering a written explanation of my research along with my photographs. Additionally, oral presentations on the results of this research have been presented at four academic conferences, mentioned below.

In addition to the CBVA work I conducted for my thesis, I am currently working on governance research for the Nova Scotia and PEI study sites. This research aims to look at how governance processes and institutional arrangements can be adapted to cope with the expected impacts of climate change. I will look at Harbour Authorities and the governmental structures that support them as a case study. To initiate this research I re-coded the CBVA interviews for both Nova Scotia and PEI from a governance perspective. The results from this initial research were compiled in an internal ParCA report.

 

Publications

-Report for the Municipality of the District of Shelburne, used in the creation of a Municipal Climate Change Action Plan:

Shandel Brown and Saveena Patara (2013). A preliminary summary of key findings from a climate change vulnerability assessment of Nova Scotia’s South Shore’s fisheries and coastal tourism sectors.

– Internal ParCA report:

Shandel Brown (2014). Fisheries Governance Assessment: Initial findings from NS and PEI community-based vulnerability assessment interviews.

 

Presentations

(2013) Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting. Connecting sense of place and climate change adaptation: A case study of community wharves on the South Shroe of Nova Scotia. St. John’s: Newfoundland.

(2014) Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting. Sense of Place and Adaptive Capacity: Preparedness of Nova Scotian fishing communities to deal with the impacts of climate change. St. Catherine’s: Ontario.

(2014) Coastal Zone Canada. Sense of Place and Adaptive Capacity: Preparedness of Nova Scotian fishing communities to deal with the impacts of climate change. Halifax: Nova Scotia.

(2014) World Small Scale Fisheries Congress. Sense of Place and Adaptive Capacity: How are fishing communities in Nova Scotia dealing with the impacts of global change? Merida: Mexico.