Oak savanna prairie at Rochester Cemetery


This website features the Nature.Culture.Politics group within the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics at the University of Guelph, Canada. The group consists of faculty members Dr. Noella Gray, Dr. Roberta Hawkins, Dr. Eric Nost, Dr. Robin Roth and Dr. Jennifer Silver, and the postdoctoral scholars and graduate students who work with us.

We are social scientists who specialize in conservation, resource management, international development and environmental governance. We undertake our research in a variety of places and settings. While our projects are diverse, we connect through political ecology and our curiosity for how nature-culture-politics intersect in the production of (un)sustainability and (in)equity.

Our work spans a variety of projects where we are principal investigators (PIs) and co-PIs, including the Conservation Through Reconciliation Partnership, Collaborative Event Ethnography, Human Dimensions of Large Marine Protected Areas, and the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative.

Drop us a line if you would like more information about our work, funded projects or opportunities to join or visit us. We also encourage you to browse graduate research opportunities in our department.

We acknowledge that the University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. We recognize the significance of the Dish with One Spoon Covenant to this land and offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

Today, Guelph is a gathering place is home to many First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our important connection to this land where we learn and work.

Johnson Hall on the campus of the University of Guelph