Professor Ryan Plummer - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Professor Ryan Plummer

Adjunct Professor

Professor Ryan Plummer is the Graduate Program Director and Professor in the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre of Brock University. Ryan is also currently appointed as the Science Director with the Canadian Rivers Institute. Ryan’s research interests extend across environmental governance, water governance, climate change and climate innovations. Ryan has also worked with the Department of Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo and as an Associate Graduate Faculty member with Department of Geography at the University of Guelph.


PhD (Rural Studies), Univeristy of Guelph; Master of Arts (Sport and Recreation Administration), University of New Brunswick, Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation (H.B.O.R), Lakehead University; Bachelor of Arts (History), Lakehead University.

Research areas
  • Environmental governance
  • Water governance
  • Climate change
  • Climate innovations
  • Great Lakes Fisheries Commission grant for ‘Stewardship of Great Lakes Fisheries: Perceptions, Motivations & Barriers’ (2018)
  • ESRC Post Doctoral Fellowship in Sustainability Science (Brock University) grant for ‘Exploring new water governance opportunities while advancing resilience assessment of watershed organizations’ (2018)
  • SSHRC Insight grant for ‘Enhancing freshwater stewardship in Canada’ (2017)
  • Nominated for the Marilyn Rose Graduate Leadership Award, Brock University (2015)
  • Nominated for the Faculty of Graduate Studies Graduate Mentorship Award, Brock University (2015)
  • Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence, Brock University (2008 – 2011)
  • Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation Excellence in Education Award for Promotion of Sustainable Practices (2008)
  • Best Practices Award, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Educational Technologies, Brock University (2008)
Key Research Publications

Krasny, M, Lundholm, C & Plummer, R (eds) 2011 Resilience in Social-Ecological Systems: The Role of Learning and Education, Routledge, Abingdon, UK.

Armitage, D & Plummer, R (eds) 2010 Adaptive Capacity and Environmental Governance, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Germany.

Plummer, R 2009, Outdoor Recreation: An Introduction, Routledge, Abingdon, UK.

Plummer, R 2005, Outdoor Recreation: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, Kendall-Hunt, Dubuque, IA.

Melo Zurita, M, Thomsen, D, Smith, T, Lyth, A, Holbrook, N, Munro, P, de Bruin, A, Roggero, P, Seddaiu, G, Baird, J, Plummer, R, Bullock, R, Collins, K & Powell, N 2018), ’Global water governance and climate change: identifying innovative arrangements for adaptive transformation’, Water, vol. 10 (29), pp. 1-16.

Plummer, R, Baird, J, Bullock, R, Dzyundzyak, A, Dupont, D, Gerger Swartling, Å, Johannessen, Å, Huitema, D, Lyth, A, Melo Zurita, M, Munaretto, S, Smith, T & Thomsen, D 2017, ‘Flood governance: A multiple country comparison of stakeholder perceptions and aspirations’, Environmental Policy and Governance.

Armitage, D, Plummer, R, Baird, J, Dzyundzyak, A, Schultz, L & Bodin, Ö 2017 An approach to assess learning conditions, effects and outcomes in environmental governance, Environmental Policy and Governance.

Plummer, R, Renzetti, S, Bullock, R, Melo Zurita, M, Baird, J, Dupont, D, Smith, T & Thomsen, D 2017, ‘The roles of capitals in building capacity to address urban flooding in the shift to a new water paradigm’, Environment and Planning.

Plummer, R, Baird, J, Armitage, D, Bodin, Ö & Schultz, L 2017, ’A methodological approach for diagnosing adaptive co-management’, Ecology and Society, vol. 22 (3), pp. 19.

Plummer, R, Baird, J, Dzyundzyak, A, Schultz, L, Armitage, D & Bodin, Ö 2017, ’Is adaptive co-management delivering? Examining relationships between collaboration, learning and outcomes in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves’, Ecological Economics, vol. 140, pp. 79-88.

André, K, Baird, J, Gerger Swartling, Å, Vulturius, G & Plummer, R 2017, ’Analysis of Swedish forest owners’ information and knowledge-sharing networks for decision-making: Insights for climate change communication and adaptation’, Environmental Management, vol. 59(6), pp. 885-897.

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