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Cunningham, Shannon
Bergen, Anne
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Craig Johnson is examining how the global race for land and energy is affecting poverty, sustainability and climatic vulnerability in the Global South. David MacDonald is improving relations between Aboriginal peoples and ethnically diverse Canadians by drawing lessons from biculturalism in New Zealand.

Craig Johnson is an Associate Professor in Political Science. His research lies in the field of international development, focusing primarily on the ways in which global demand for land, resources and energy is affecting patterns of poverty, climate vulnerability and environmental sustainability in the Global South. Between 2009 and 2013, he led an international team of researchers looking at the socio-economic and environmental implications of urban land acquisition in India, Bangladesh and Viet Nam. He is now taking forward new work on the global race for alternative energy sources, particularly in the oil and gas sector. Finally, he is editing a book that will be published with Routledge in 2015 about the ways in which cities around the world are now responding to the global climate challenge. For more information about Craig Johnson’s research, please go to his website at https://www.uoguelph.ca/polisci/craig-johnson David MacDonald is a Professor in Political Science. His research connects Canada and New Zealand. Canada and Aotearoa New Zealand are located on opposite sides of the world, yet both countries are grappling with how to forge better relationships between settlers, indigenous peoples, and ethnic communities. How a country is imagined and represented can make a difference. Canada’s bilingualism and multiculturalism both symbolically alienate First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples, whose unique historical and legal status is often ignored. In New Zealand, the dominant narrative is biculturalism – a partnership between indigenous Maori and Paheka (European settlers). Ethnic communities do not easily fit into this image of the nation. His research examines the ways in which imagining community affect how these three groups form alliances or compete with one another for recognition and resources. For more information about David MacDonald’s research, please go to his website at https://www.uoguelph.ca/polisci/david-macdonald
Aboriginal, biculturalism, poverty, sustainability, Global South, research