About TRIAS

The Transdisciplinary Research on Integrated Approaches to Sustainability (TRIAS) lab is led by Dr. Robert Newell, who is the Canada Research Chair (tier 2) in Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainability at Royal Roads University. Research at TRIAS focuses on applying system thinking to identify relationships and tensions among strategies and approaches for addressing critical sustainability imperatives, particularly climate change and biodiversity but also including numerous other social, environmental, and economic sustainability imperatives. TRIAS engages in transdisciplinary and community-based participatory research, working with government and stakeholders to develop knowledge and tools for supporting local and regional planning and decision-making, such as systems maps, integrated models, and visualizations.

Systems map of the co-benefit and trade-off relationships in an integrated climate-biodiversity framework.

 


Meet the team
  Rob Newell (Principal Investigator) is the Canada Research Chair in Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainability at Royal Roads University, and a Research Associate at the Food and Agriculture Institute, University of the Fraser Valley. Rob’s research focuses on integrated planning, and he explores the use of systems thinking for supporting local and regional planning and decision-making. He develops tools for facilitating more inclusive, collaborative approaches to planning, and his research also involves using game development software to build realistic visualizations for participatory planning and community engagement. Newell also teaches courses on critical sustainability issues, particularly climate change and biodiversity loss, and approaches to sustainable development.

 

  Colin Dring (Researcher) holds over ten years of experience in the field of community food security, agricultural and food system planning, community development, and agri-food policy. Colin has worked with multiple levels of federal government including Environment Canada’s and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s as part of the Research Affiliate Program. Colin’s scholarly work addresses agricultural planning in contexts of diversity, complexity and unpredictability. His research examines the intersection of temporal, spatial, and social relational interactions that arise within agricultural and food systems. Dring develops approaches and practices for embedding equity and social justice into food and agricultural planning approaches and has published widely on food justice and sustainable food system education.

 

  Mohaddese Ghadiri (Researcher) is a Ph.D candidate in Public Administration at the University of Victoria. She studied urban planning during her bachelor's and master's degrees. She has five years of professional and research experience in planning in Iran and worked as a research assistant at UVIC. Her areas of interest are sustainability, community development, community engagement, resilience, and food security. She is currently working as a researcher in the Climate-Biodiversity-Health (CBH) Nexus and Integrated Food Systems Planning project being conducted through the TRIAS lab.

 

  Jofri Issac (Researcher) is an MA in Environment and Management student at Royal Roads University. He is a researcher in the Climate-Biodiversity-Health (CBH) Nexus and Integrated Food Systems Planning project being conducted through the TRIAS lab. Jofri holds five years of research experience, focusing on studying the impact of climate change on rural livelihoods in India. During this period, he worked in the remote regions of India, helping communities establish social entrepreneurship through community engagement and capacity building. His research interest lies in understanding the climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation strategies at the community level, using a participatory approach and Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping tool.