Rob Stefanelli

Biography: Rob is the research coordinator here at the HEC lab after completing his Master’s degree in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University. His research looked at 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.

Research Interests

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?

 

Publications

Stefanelli, R. D., Castleden, H., Harper, S. L., Martin, D., Cunsolo, A., & Hart, C. (2017). Experiences with integrative Indigenous and Western knowledge in water research and management: a systematic realist review of literature from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Environmental Reviews, (999), 1-11.

Stefanelli, R. D., Castleden, H., Cunsolo, A., Martin, D., & Harper, S. (2017) Canadian and Australian researchers’ perspectives on promising practices for implementing indigenous and Western knowledge systems in water research and management. Water Policy. 

Castleden, H., Hart, C., Harper, S., Martin, D., Cunsolo, A., Stefanelli, R., Day, L., & Lauridsen, K. (2017) Implementing Indigenous and Western knowledge systems in water research and management (Part 1): A systematic realist review to inform water policy in Canada. International Indigenous Policy Journal.

Castleden, H., Hart, C., Martin, D., Cunsolo, A., Harper, S., Sylvestre, P., Stefanelli, R., Day, L., & Lauridsen, K. (2017). Implementing Indigenous and Western knowledge systems in water research and management (Part 2): Interviews with collaborative teams to overcome the limitations of literature reviews to inform water policy in Canada. International Indigenous Policy Journal.

Castleden, H., Cunsolo Willox, A., Harper, S., Martin, D., Hart, C., Stefanelli, R., & Lauridsen, K. (2015). Living with water: Examining methods and models for integrative Indigenous and Western Knowledge to inform–and transform–water research and management in Canada. Waterloo: Canadian Water Network.

 

Conference Presentations

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.

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., 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.