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The Ecologies on the Edge Research Programme brings together scholars from the social and natural sciences, including sociology, anthropology, ecology, law, geography and political science to investigate key processes affecting vulnerable ecologies in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Arctic. It builds on several interdisciplinary research clusters at York University and is a joint initiative of the  York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR), the York Centre for International and Security Studies (YCISS) and the Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability (IRIS).

A summary of the project is available here. The research team submitted a SSHRC-MCRI letter of intent in January 2009 and was successful in obtaining an MCRI development grant later that year. A workshop was held at York University in July 2009 and included scholars from across Canada.


IRIS members involved with the research include Dawn Bazely. YCAR Associates involved with the research programme include: Faculty Associates Peter Vandergeest (Geography), Shubhra Gururani (Anthropology), Robin Roth (Geography) and Susan Henders (Political Science) as well as Research Associate Melissa Marschke (University of Ottawa).

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For more information, please contact Professor Peter Vandergeest at

Workshop: Changing Frontiers of Ecological Knowledges: A Critical Dialogue on Asian Ecologies on the Edge (12-13 October 2011 | York University | Toronto, Canada)

In light of greater awareness of multiple ecological crises including climate change, the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) is hosting a two-day interdisciplinary workshop in October 2011 to address how new strategies of documenting, monitoring and evaluating environmental change have led to a proliferation of ecological knowledge in Asia. The event will draw attention to the transformations in environmental management that are currently underway and how it has produced new inequalities in access to knowledge and decision-making.

This workshop is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the York University Ad-hoc Conference Fund, the Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability and the York Centre for Asian Research. Read more about the Workshop.