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Student Profile: Andrew Palmer

March 28, 2022
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Resource and Environmental Management master's student in the Faculty of Environment

Hello! I am a first-year master’s student in the Resource Management program here at SFU. I first completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo studying the intersection of environmental issues and business innovation. Since graduating, I spent several years working for an environmental consulting firm in Ontario to help identify solutions for urban stormwater management and downstream water quality impacts caused by development and industry.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

I was drawn to SFU after discovering the interdisciplinary approach that REM applies to conducting research and addressing environmental challenges. Given my interests in Indigenous water governance and environmental planning, working with Dr. Cliff Atleo as my supervisor seemed like the perfect opportunity! I also love all things outdoors and spend much of my free time hiking and backpacking. Being able to live and work in BC provides ample opportunities to continue these adventures!

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?

I am highly motivated to explore the interweaving of Indigenous and western worldviews for improved water resources management on unceded traditional territory lands. My research will examine applications of successful Indigenous water governance frameworks and their applicability under the province's Water Sustainability Act, as well as related implications for water sustainability planning under the recently adopted Bill C-41 (Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act).

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

I have greatly appreciated the interdisciplinary nature of this program and the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of my classmates and professors. The REM community itself is also fantastic and comprised of many kind and motivated individuals eager to make the word a better place!

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.

I am grateful to be a recipient of the Entrance Graduate Fellowship Grant.

 

Contact : andrew_palmer@sfu.ca

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