UNESCO Chair in Biocultural Diversity, Sustainability, Reconciliation, and Renewal

Here you will find information about the exciting work we are doing in partnership and friendship with communities and Indigenous peoples in the areas of environmental stewardship and governance, community-engaged research practices, Indigenous food systems, and gender and youth in environmental management. Our work is conducted in UNESCO Biosphere Reseves, model forests, forest-based communities and Indigenous territories.

Meet the Chairholders

Dr. Maureen Reed

Maureen’s research focuses on practices of governance that support the sustainability of local ecosystems, livelihoods, and communities that rely on them.  Learn more.

Dr. James Robson

Jim's substantive area of expertise lies in interdisciplinary and applied environmental research, with special emphasis on the drivers and impacts of demographic, social, and environmental changes as they affect remote and rural communities.  Learn more.