1. Communities and activism (September 2019 start). The “geography of fear” using case studies from Ontario communities that have organized against extraction of local aquifers by bottled water companies. The mixed data sources include media coverage, OpEds, letters-to-the-editor, campaign materials and social media.
2. Language and floods (September 2019 start). Investigate the “geography of fear” using expert and stakeholders’ language associated with Canadian flood events using mixed media sources in addition to more traditional scholarly publications and conference presentation sources.
3. Israel-Canada comparative (September 2019 start). Study of media messaging about drought and mortality threats. Students do not need to speak Hebrew or Arabic but must be willing to do fieldwork in Israel/Palestine as conditions permit.
4. Awe Emotions (September 2019 start). Awe of the natural environment and our place in the world/universe as a mortality defense that influences how we make water decisions.
5. Ritual and spiritual practice (September 2019 start for a doctoral student). Exploring if and how stories, rituals and artifacts influence our individual and societal abilities to adapt to changing water conditions and extreme events.