Elson Ian Nyl Ebreo Galang, Ph.D. Candidate

(Co-supervised by Prof. Elena Bennett)

BSc Agriculture in Landscape Agroforestry, University of the Philippines at Los Baños (2016), Laguna, Philippines; MSc Sustainability, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (2019), Tokyo, Japan


Interests: participatory approaches; qualitative methods for sustainability science; social dimension of ecosystem services; process outcomes evaluation


Research Summary:

Transdisciplinary Co-Production of Environmental Scenarios for Social-Ecological Landscapes in Canada

At McGill University, I am part of the research project NSERC ResNet: A network for monitoring, modeling, and managing Canadian ecosystem services for sustainability and resilience . Under this project, I design, co-organize, and facilitate scenario development workshops across the six NSERC ResNet landscapes—bringing together diverse actors, their concerns and aspirations, that can shape and influence each of the landscape’s environmental futures.

My PhD research explores the different outcomes among actors for participating in these workshops. Specifically, I am looking at whether the participatory scenario development process can pave the way for social learning effects, empathy for nature, and legitimation of varied knowledge systems. I borrow constructs and methods from education and learning theories, social psychology, and political sciences to evaluate such outcomes.


Awards and Scholarships:

NSERC ResNet Graduate Student Funding 2020-24.

Graduate Excellence Award, McGill University, 2020-23.

Tomlinson Centennial Fellowship in Forest Ecology, McGill University 2020-23.

Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture, 2022-2026



Still to come.

For publications before this Ph.D., please check my ResearchGate or GoogleScholar profiles.