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Athabasca University

Research Paths

Pembina River

Potential research paths for the Athabasca River Basin Research Institute are diverse, including those that are interdisciplinary.

  • Social and Cultural
    Environmental and cultural history, sociological theory and environment, environmental ethics, public participation in decisions that effect the environment, local sustainability, environmental indicators and democracy, rural land management and conservation, environment and health, population and community growth, gender and generational issues, Aboriginal issues, language and literature, local and Aboriginal history, ethnobotany, women in western Canada, environmental philosophy, Aboriginal rights, environmental policy and education, ecosophy, heritage resources, history of Alberta’s north.
  • Environment
    Microbiology, air pollution monitoring, remote sensing and snow pack dynamics, plant and fungi biodiversity, arthropod behaviour and ecology, climate change and quaternary geology, ecological modelling, physics and astronomy, aquatic and wetland ecology, wetland monitoring, surface and groundwater biogeochemistry.
  • Economy
    Renewable resources, social economic change, considering culture through institutional change, labour and industrial relations.

Research paths across many disciplines will continue to evolve as ARBRI matures and collaborative relationships develop over time. Key to the institute’s success will be understanding the research needs of stakeholders, providing information on ongoing research initiatives and facilitating research to meet identified needs.

The institute is actively cultivating alliances and opportunities with partners in academic institutions, government, industry, non-governmental organizations, Aboriginal communities and other communities with interests in the Athabasca River Basin.