Welcome to the website on the social science research for the NSERC Strategic Partnership Grant on the Rideau Canal National Historic Site and Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site.

Click on the title pages below to view our most recent publications.

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This article on water quality provides insight on the role of action research in reshaping environmental governance and highlights the socio-ecological dimensions of water quality issues in the Rideau Canal. Please also see the related research report that outlines the methodology in more detail. It is a step-by-step guide intended for community groups that would like to use similar mapping techniques in addressing complex problems.

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This thesis presents a framework for co-governance for the Rideau Canal based on five collaborative systems thinking workshops, 38 interviews and observations of six visioning workshops hosted by Parks Canada. It also presents convergences and divergences in stakeholder views on the environmental health and governance of the Rideau Canal, which provides a starting point for future research and collaboration. Since it is a long read, the most informative sections are the Results and Discussion.