Dr. Garrett Richards has an interdisciplinary background in environmental studies and political science, and is broadly interested in knowledge mobilization for sustainability. He wants to understand how to take existing knowledge in universities and “move” it to where it can do the most good for society and the environment. How do we ensure produced knowledge about the environment will be useful and relevant? How might contemporary debates about energy and sustainability be better informed by expert knowledge? How (and where) can the policy-making process draw on academic research in order to arrive at more socially and ecologically sound decisions? In practice, this research examines partnerships between academia, government, and community, usually around issues of energy or climate change. Garrett is a board member for the NL branch of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, the Internship Officer for the MAEP program, the Graduate Officer for the Transdisciplinary Sustainability PhD program, and the coordinator of the Environmental Policy Innovation Lab (a policy and research shop that engages with external partners). Through a “flipped thesis” model, he is particularly interested to work with incoming students who are passionate about engaged research conducted in partnership with local organizations – that is, who have more interest in addressing partner needs and doing high-impact work than in being attached to any specific research question.
- Climate change and renewable energy
- Science-policy interfaces and evidence-based policy
- Community-engaged research
- Knowledge mobilization
- Interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity
- Deliberative democracy