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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

PARCA logoProtected Areas Research for Collective Action (PARCA) is comprised of a small team of individuals dedicated to understanding and enhancing priority issues related to protected areas policy, planning and management. Our team involves faculty, students and working (or recently retired) professionals.

Our research focuses on the following themes:

  • protected areas and climate change adaptation
  • international conservation targets
  • conservation standards and management effectiveness
  • evidence-based decision-making
  • human health and well-being benefits of nature

We work to bridge the science-management divide by supporting the co-production of knowledge through collaborative learning between experts and users; a less commonly practiced approach in planning but one that is increasingly being recognized as necessary to build knowledge systems that better support complex decision-making.

Research Projects

  • Integrating Social Science into Parks Management, Planning and Policy Making
  • Fully Accounting for Canada’s Conservation Lands
  • Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments for Canada’s Arctic National Parks
  • Nature-Based Citizen Science

Current Students

  • Catherine Reining, MES candidate, examining the human health and well-being benefits associated with diverse natural environments at Pinery Provincial Park, Ontario
  • Madeline McFadden, MES candidate, examining emergency preparedness and response in Ontario public lands (provincial parks, national parks and conservation authority lands)


  • Canadian Council on Ecological Areas
  • Dr. Paul Gray, formerly of Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
  • Tom Beechey, formerly of Ontario Parks and associate director of the Canadian Council on Ecological Areas

Research Funders

  • Alberta Parks
  • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
  • Parks Canada
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada

Contact Us:

Christopher Lemieux



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