Rob joined the HEC Lab in 2014 as a Master’s student in the Department of Geography at Queen’s University, and studies the implementation of Indigenous and Western Ways of Knowing as they relate to water in Canada and Australia. Rob joined the HEC Lab after completing his undergraduate degree in Environment and Culture, and Criminology at the University of Western Ontario. He was introduced to water issues during this time and completed an undergraduate thesis titled Disparity in access to safe drinking water for Indigenous Canadians. Rob was introduced to the HEC Lab and Dr. Castleden at the recommendation of his undergraduate thesis supervisor. During his undergraduate career, Rob spent a semester in Sweden at Stockholm University where he studied the unique environmental policies that have been implemented in Scandinavian nations. From 2011 to 2015 Rob spent summers applying his education to his position at the Holmedale Water Treatment Plant in Brantford, Ontario.
Rob’s research interests include water resource protection, water treatment and distribution, environment and natural resource policy, and human and health geography. His research to date has predominantly focused on the question of:
- How have academic researchers involved Indigenous knowledge holders, as well as Indigenous Ways of Knowing in water research and management in Canada and Australia? what does that success look like? and for whom?
Awards and Scholarships
SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, 2015. Queen’s University
Queen’s Graduate Scholarship, 2014. Queen’s University
Dean’s Honor List, 2014. Western University
Stefanelli, R., Castleden, H., Cunsolo, A., Harper, S., Martin, D., Hart, C., Lauridsen, K., and Day, L. Examining Methods and Models for Implementing Indigenous and Western Knowledge to Inform Water Management and Research in Canada. Queen’s Northern Research Symposium. April 15, 2015. Kingston, Canada.
Stefanelli, R., Castleden, H., Cunsolo, A., Harper, S., Martin, D., Hart, C., Lauridsen, K., and Day, L. (forthcoming). Examining Methods and Models for Implementing Indigenous and Western Knowledge to Inform Water Management and Research in Canada. National Canadian Water Resources Association Conference. June 2-4, 2015. Winnipeg, Canada.
Stefanelli, R., Castleden, H., Cunsolo, A., Harper, S., Martin, D., Hart, C. Tick the Box or Authentic Engagement? How Canadian and Australian Researchers Involve Indigenous Knowledge-Holders in Water Research and Governance. Water Initiatives for the Future Conference. July 27-29, 2016. Kingston, Canada.