Brennan Lowery

PhD Candidate | Interdisciplinary PhD Program | Memorial University of Newfoundland | blowery@grenfell.mun.ca

Brennan is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana and is a recent newcomer to Newfoundland. An interdisciplinary researcher, Brennan is working in the Environmental Policy Institute, the Department of Geography, and the Department of Economics at Memorial University. His research intends to investigate the role of sustainability indicator initiatives in supporting more participatory governance for sustainable development in rural and natural resource-dependent regions. His research aims to explore how people in rural regions can collaborate for sustainable outcomes in their communities using sustainability indicators and similar approaches in regional planning and decision-making. This work has begun by building on research previously conducted in the Clarenville-Bonavista region of the province, now focusing on regional sustainability monitoring and governance on the Bonavista Peninsula, and also hopes to explore other case studies in rural NL and elsewhere. Brennan is working with Dr. Kelly Vodden at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, and his other committee members are Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee in Geography, Dr. Doug May in Economics, and Dr. John Dagevos, an adjunct professor based in the Netherlands.

Research Engagement

Assessing the Factors Impacting the Sustainability of the Clarenville-Bonavista Rural Secretariat Region.

Recent Conference Presentations

Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Annual Conference (October 2016)

Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Conference (May 2016)