Invited Speakers

Dr. Prateep Kumar Nayak

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Associate Professor and Associate Director of Graduate Studies Project Director, Vulnerability to Viability (V2V) Global Partnership

Prateep's academic background is in political science, environmental studies and international development. He does transdisciplinary work with an active interest in combining social and ecological perspectives.

Prateep's research focuses on the understanding of complex human-environment connections (or disconnections) with particular attention to change, its drivers, their influence and possible ways to deal with them. His main areas of expertise and interest include commons, governance, social-ecological system resilience, wellbeing, environmental justice and political ecology. Currently, he teaches international development and environment. In the past, Prateep worked as a development professional in India on issues around community-based governance of land, water and forests, focusing specifically at the interface of research, implementation and public policy. Prateep is a past Trudeau Scholar, a Harvard Giorgio Ruffolo Fellow in Sustainability Science, a recipient of Canada’s Governor General Academic Gold Medal, and SSHRC Banting Fellow.


DEGREES:
Ph.D., Natural Resources and Environmental Management, University of Manitoba, Canada, 2012
Masters, Natural Resource Management, University of Manitoba, Canada, 2006
Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (CHET), University of Manitoba, Canada, 2011
M.A. / Post-Graduate Diploma, Rural Development, Xavier Institute of Social Service, India, 1994
B.A. (Honours), Political Science, Sambalpur University, India, 1991
HONOURS / DISTINCTIONS / AWARDS:
2018-2021 Lead Author, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and
Ecosystem Services (IPBES), United Nations.
2017 Outstanding Performance Award, University of Waterloo, Canada
2017-2022 Invited Member, Human Dimensions Working Group, Integrated Marine Biosphere
Research (IMBeR)
2016-2021 Fellow of College, St. Paul’s University College, Waterloo
2013 Best Early Career Scientist, Integrated Marine Biosphere Research (IMBeR)
2012 Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal, The Governor General of Canada
2012-2014 Banting Post-Doctoral Fellowship, SSHRC, Canada
2010 Harvard Giorgio Ruffolo Fellow in Sustainability Science, Harvard University
2006-2010 Trudeau Scholar, The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, Canada
RESEARCH FUNDING (Total funding received $6,184,691):
As Principal Investigator (Total funding $3,028,385)
Vulnerability to Viability (V2V): Global Partnership for Building Strong Small-Scale Fisheries
Communities. SSHRC Partnership Grant. Funding amount $2,500,000 (2020 – 2028).
Vulnerability to Viability (V2V): Global Partnership for Building Strong Small-Scale Fisheries
Communities. SSHRC Partnership Grant. Funding amount $20,000 (2019 – 2020).
Water Wither Why: Understanding change in aquatic commons through f commonisation and
decommonisation. Water Institute Seed Grants Program. Funding amount $19,400 (2018 – 2019).
Social-Ecological Regime Shifts and the Governance of Community-Managed Marine Protected Areas:
Implications for Ecological Conservation and Community Wellbeing. MITACS Globalink
Research Award. Funding Amount $6,000 (2018 - 2019).
Environmental Change and Mental Health. MITACS Globalink Research Award. Funding Amount
$6,000 (2018 - 2019).
Using a gendered lens to examine social-ecological regime shifts in fishing communities of Chilika
Lagoon, India. MITACS Globalink Research Award. Funding Amount $6,000 (2018 - 2019)
Towards a sustainable water future: Exploring water governance mechanisms and SDG 6 achievability.
MITACS Globalink Research Award. Funding Amount $6,000 (2016 – 2017).
Catching ripples in the water: A social-ecological regime shifts (SERS) approach to understand abrupt
changes in coastal watersheds and crafting governance arrangements. The Water Institute Seed
Grants Program. Funding amount $19,995 (2016 - 2017).
The role of forest governance in food and livelihood security: A case study of NIRMAN, Odisha, India.


MITACS Globalink Research Award. Funding Amount $5,000 (2015 - 2016).
Role of local knowledge and adaptation to environmental change: A case of Chilika Lagoon small scale
fishery, India. MITACS Globalink Research Award. Funding Amount $5,000 (2014 - 2015).


Social-ecological regime shifts (SERS) and governance in coastal-marine systems. SSHRC Insight
Development Grant. Funding amount $74,990 (2016 – 2019).
Social-Ecological Change, Thresholds and Governance in Aquatic-Terrestrial Systems. University of
Waterloo Research Grant from Office of the Provost. Funding amount $20,000 (2012 – 2014).


Social-Ecological Change, Thresholds and Governance in Aquatic-Terrestrial Systems. SSHRC Banting
Fellowship Funding. Funding amount $140,000 (2012 – 2014).
Community-based Management and Social Justice. Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholars Program.
Funding amount $200,000 (2006 – 2010).
As Co-applicant (Total funding $3,156,306)
Dried fish matters: Mapping the social economy of dried fish in South and Southeast Asia for enhanced
wellbeing and nutrition. SSHRC Partnership Grant, Funding amount $2,500,000 (2018 – 2025).
Governance, Institutions and Water Metabolism: Developing an Operational Framework for the
Caribbean. The Water Institute Seed Grants Program. Funding amount $19,775 (2017 – 2018).
Dried fish matters: Mapping the social economy of dried fish in South and Southeast Asia for enhanced
wellbeing and nutrition. SSHRC Partnership Grant, LOI, Funding amount $20,000 (2017 – 2018).
Integration of social wellbeing and ecosystem service bundles for adaptive governance of coastal systems
experiencing rapid change. SSHRC Insight Grant. Funding amount $327,160 (2016 – 2021).
Indigenous Peoples from the Global Commons: Networking for Social and Environmental Sustainability.
SSHRC Connection Grant. Funding amount $50,000 ((2015 – 2016).


Monsoon Harvests in rapidly changing landscapes: Understanding the role of the ancient tank irrigation
systems in increasing climate change adaptability. The Water Institute Seed Grants Program.
Funding. amount $20,000 (2015 – 2016).


Monsoon Harvests: Understanding the role of the ancient tank irrigation system in increasing climate
change adaptability in rapidly changing landscapes. University of Waterloo International Research
Partnership Grant. Funding amount $20,000 (2015 – 2016).
Fishing for Power: Understanding the Paradox of Marginalisation through Local Metaphors and Political
Ecology Narratives. Waterloo / SSHRC Travel Grant. Funding Amount $2,200 (2015 – 2016).


Living with Climate Change: Mapping Experience and Adaptation in the Global South and North.
SSHRC Partnership Development Grant. Funding amount $197,171 (2013 – 2015).


GRADUATE SUPERVISION:
(Main supervisor / advisory committee Member)
Completed: 13 M.A. (M.E.S.); 6 PhD; 2 Undergraduate Honours
In Progress: 14 M.A. (M.E.S.); 8 PhD; 2 Undergraduate Honours
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