Nathan Badry, Ph.D. Candidate

BSc in Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Victoria (2017)


Interests: Interests: Social-Ecological Systems, Natural Resource Governance, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Posthumanism, Qualitative Methods


Research Summary:

Improving collective action across the posthuman boundaries of collaborative governance: Examples from Indigenous food systems in northern Quebec

Collaborative governance attempts to bring together coalitions of diverse social actors to address challenges. This is can be especially important for Social-Ecological Systems, in which governance challenges are often complex and multi-scalar. Approaches in collaborative governance have demonstrated links between collaborative network structure and function, and can be used to identify opportunities for enhanced collective action. Yet these approaches have deeply rooted assumptions regarding boundaries between the social and natural. They cannot account for the broad spectrum of roles that nonhumans play in these systems, which are made up of interwoven, heterogenous assemblages of human and nonhuman. My thesis will explore how new approaches to collaborative governance could help resolve transboundary contestations. I will draw from scholarship on posthumanism and the social studies of science, and specifically Actor-Network Theory, to propose a new methodology for collaborative natural resource governance. This will then be demonstrated through instrumental case studies of wild food governance in Eeyou Istchee, northern Quebec. Through these case studies I consider the extent to which Actor-Network Theory can inform this new approach, and whether it can better address the inherent complexity and transboundary challenges within Social-Ecological Systems.


Awards and Scholarships:

2020-2023 SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canadian Graduate Scholarship-Doctoral

2018-2020 Polar Knowledge Canada Northern Scientific Training Program

2018-2020 NSERC-CREATE Environmental Innovations Training and Research Program

2019 Mitacs Accelerate Program

2018-2019 SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canadian Graduate Scholarship-Masters

2018 McGill Graduate Excellence Award



Badry, N. and Hickey, G.M. (2022). Enhancing collaboration across the knowledge system boundaries of ecosystem governance. Advances in Ecological Research 66: 63-88.