EPI Faculty & Staff

Core Faculty

Core Faculty are faculty members with appointments to the Environmental Policy Institute.

Dr. Paul Foley

Associate Professor and Graduate Officer
  • International and comparative political economy
  • Political Ecology
  • Development and environmental change (e.g. fisheries)
  • Environmental politics and policy

Dr. Andreas Klinke

Professor and Director
  • Governance research
  • Public policy analysis
  • International environmental politics
  • International relations and global governance

Dr. Garrett Richards

Assistant Professor
  • Renewable energy
  • Climate change
  • Science-policy interfaces and evidence-based policy
  • Knowledge mobilization
  • Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary
  • Deliberative democracy

Dr. Kelly Vodden

Associate Vice-President (Grenfell Campus) Research and Graduate Studies / Professor (Research)
  • Sustainable rural community and regional development
  • Rural resilience and community adaptation
  • Community involvement in natural resource management
  • Collaborative, multi-level governance
  • Rural innovation
  • Community engaged scholarship

Affiliated Faculty

Affiliated Faculty are faculty members who are not appointed to EPI but who maintain an ongoing relationship with EPI through directly supporting EPI research initiatives, teaching in the Master of Arts in Environmental Policy (MEAP) Program, serving on MAEP student supervisory committees, or other relevant activities. Some may be available to serve as co-supervisors.

Dr. Wade Bowers


Dr. Stephen Decker

Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies and Geography, Internship MAEP Program
  • Integrated Resource and Environmental Management (IREM)
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Public involvement in resource management decisions
  • Parks and protected areas planning and management
  • Human dimensions of wildlife management

Dr. Gabriela Sabau

  • Sustainability science: concept and measurement
  • The future of the ocean
  • The Anthropocene and climate change: ecological economics and the objective value of life
  • Relevance of the FAO voluntary guidelines for sustainable development of small-scale fisheries
  • The promise of agroecology: small-scale organic agriculture for Newfoundland and Labrador

Dr. Roza Tchoukaleyska

Assistant Professor in Environment and Sustainability & Geography
  • Cultural geography
  • Urban redevelopment
  • Community planning
  • Public space
  • Foodways and foodscapes
  • Community engagement
  • Urban governance
  • Rural-urban connections
  • Ethnographic research
  • Urban comparative research


Adjunct Faculty

  • Environmental Assessment / Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • Aboriginal Consultation and Involvement in Resource Developments
  • Regulatory Planning and Environmental Permitting

Dr. Heather Hall

  • Water security: its multiple dimensions, including health impacts; crises in drinking water access; water insecurity and Indigenous communities in Canada
  • Foodways and nutrition history: Newfoundland food consumption patterns, historical nutrition interventions in NL, Indigenous people, food consumption, and the epidemiologic transition
  • Indigenous land-use patterns and related: Newfoundland Mi’kmaq, other First Nations in Canada, Inuit, the Labrador Husky and its role
  • Arctic exploration: the heroic masculine, the meaning of the Arctic in the western imagination, Captain Robert Abram Bartlett, the Shackletons, women and Indigenous people and Arctic exploration
  • Fisheries Management and Ecology
  • Ecosystem Based Approaches to Natural Resource Management
  • Integrative Research at the Science Policy Interface

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Courtenay E. Parlee

Ocean Frontier Institute Postdoctoral Fellow


Research Interests

• Conflict and conflict resolution

• Power relations and dynamics

• Environmental policy and law (ex. fisheries and oceans)

• Human dimensions of sustainable resource management

Dr. Mery Perez

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Office of Public Engagement, MUN Grenfell Campus


Research Interests

  • Communication in activism and social movements
  • Creativity and Discourse creation
  • Rural resilience and community development
  • The interface of social learning and policy implementation


Myron King

GIS and Research

Research Interests

  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Remote Sensing technologies
  • land conservation and marine protected areas
  • Inshore and offshore commercial fisheries

Nadia Simmons

Senior Secretary, Graduate Studies

Joanne Gillis

Administrative Staff Specialist