CRC (Tier II) in Human Dimensions of Water Resources and Water Resilience
Assistant Professor, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre and the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies
Ph.D. University of Saskatchewan (Environment and Sustainability)
M.Sc. University of Saskatchewan (Soil Science)
B.Sc. (Distinction) University of Alberta (Crop Science)
My research interests centre around the decision-making processes and actions we take focused on water resources. I aim to:
• building an understanding of how (and why) people engage in water management and governance, and how the qualities of these processes relate to social and ecological outcomes;
• how the concept of resilience relates to water governance, and how it is operationalized and applied in practice; and,
• applying the notion of social-ecological systems to agriculture, how these kinds of systems can be modeled, and how those models can be used to improve decision making about practices that influence water resources on agricultural landscapes.
My research is situated within the field of sustainability science. I collaborate with researchers from diverse disciplines and outside of academia to pursue solutions to research questions. My research is influenced by my many years on the family farm, educational background in the natural sciences, and keen interest in how people make decisions and take action to impact the sustainability of our water resources.
Plummer, R., Baird, J. Dzyundzyak, A., Schultz, L., Armitage, D., and Bodin, Ö. (2017). Is adaptive co-management delivering? Examining relationships between collaboration, learning and outcomes in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. Ecological Economics. 140: 79-88. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2017.04.028
André, K., Baird, J., Gerger Swartling, Å., Vulturius, G., and Plummer, R. (2017). The role of social networks in sharing knowledge on climate change adaptation: a case study of private forest owners in Sweden. Environmental Management. 59(6): 885-897.
Plummer, R., Baird, J., Krievins, K., Fresque-Baxter, J., Imhof, J., and Mitchell, S.J. (2016). Shifting perspectives in an era of complexity and change: incorporating resilience into the governance of Canadian drainage basins. In S. Renzetti and D. Dupont (Eds.). Water Policy and Governance in Canada. Springer.
Plummer, R., Baird, J., Bullock, R., Dupont, D., and Renzetti, S. (2016). Probing the relationship between ecosystem perceptions and approaches to environmental governance: an exploratory content analysis of seven water dilemmas. Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses. Online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21693293.2016.1202903#abstract.
Baird, J., Plummer, R., Bullock, R., Dupont, D., Heinmiller, T., Jollineau, M., Kubik, W., Renzetti, S., and Vasseur, L. (2016). Contemporary water governance: navigating crisis response and institutional constraints through pragmatism. Water Special Issue. Water Governance in Times of Change: Perceptions, Institutions, Praxis and Learning, 8(6):224. DOI: 10.3390/w8060224.
Baird, J., Dzyundzyak, A., Plummer, R., Bullock, R., Dupont, D., Jollineau, M., Kubik, W., Pickering, G., and Vasseur, L. (2016). Ecosystem perceptions in flood prone areas: a typology and its relationship to preferences for governance. Water Special Issue: Water Governance in Times of Change: Perceptions, Institutions, Praxis and Learning, 8(5):191. DOI: 10.3390/w8050191.
Baird, J., Jollineau, M., Plummer, R., and Valenti, J. (2016). Exploring agricultural advice networks, beneficial management practices and water quality on the landscape: a geospatial social-ecological systems analysis. Land Use Policy. 51: 236-243.
Baird, J., Plummer, R., Moore, M.-L., and Brandes, O. (2016). Introducing resilience practice to watershed groups: What are the learning effects? Society and Natural Resources. 29(10): 1214-1229.
Plummer, R., Baird, J. Krievins, K., and Mitchell, S.J. (2016). Improving river health: Initiating collaboration in a transboundary river basin. International Journal of River Basin Management. 14:1: 119-132. DOI: 10.1080/15715124.2015.1080717.
Baird, J., Plummer, R. and Bodin, Ö. (2016). Collaborative governance for climate change adaptation: Experimenting with adaptive co-management from a social network perspective. Regional Environmental Change. 16(3): 747-758. DOI: 10.1007/s10113-015-0790-5.
Baird, J., Plummer, R., Dupont, D. and Carter, B. (2015). Perceptions of water quality in First Nations communities: Exploring the role of context. Nature and Culture. 10(2): 225-249. DOI: 10.3167/nc2015.100205.
Baird, J., Plummer, R., Haug, C., and Huitema, D. (2014). Learning effects of interactive decision making processes for climate change adaptation. Global Environmental Change. 27: 51-63. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2014.04.019.
Plummer, R., Baird, J., Moore, M-L., Brandes, O., Imhof, J. and Krievins, K. (2014). Governance of aquatic systems: What attributes and practices promote resilience? International Journal of Water Governance. 4:1-18. DOI: 10.7564/14-IJWG51.
Keskitalo, C., Baird, J., Ambjörnsson, E.L. and Plummer, R. (2014). Social network analysis of multi-level linkages: A Swedish case study on northern forest-based sectors. AMBIO. 43(6): 745-758. DOI 10.1007/s13280-014-0492-0.
Baird, J.M., Plummer, R. and Pickering, K. (2014). Priming the governance system for climate change adaptation: the application of a Social Ecological Inventory to engage actors in Niagara, Canada. Ecology & Society. 19(1):3 Online: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol19/iss1/art3/.
Baird, J., Velaniškis, J., Plummer, R. and FitzGibbon, J. (2014). Political legitimacy and collaborative water governance: An exploratory case study. International Journal of Water Governance. 2:61-84. DOI: 10.7564/13-IJWG3.
Moore, M.L., von der Porten, S., Plummer, R., Baird, J., and Brandes, O. (2014). Water policy reform and innovation: A systematic review. Environmental Science and Policy. 38:263-271. DOI:10.1016/j.envsci.2014.01.007.
Baird, J.M., Belcher, K. and Quinn, M. (2014). Context and capacity: The potential for performance-based agricultural water quality policy. Special issue “Applications of Water Policy and Economics in Canada.” Canadian Water Resources Journal. 39(4): 421-436. DOI: 10.1080/07011784.2014.965033.
Baird, J., Plummer, R., Purdy, S., Mitchell, S. and Rathwell, K. (2014). Enhancing source water protection and watershed management: Lessons from the case of the New Brunswick Water Classification Initiative. Canadian Water Resources Journal. 39(1): 49-62. DOI: 10.1080/07011784.2013.872872.
Plummer, R. and Baird, J. (2013). Adaptive co-management for climate change adaptation: Considerations for the Barents Region. Sustainability. 5(2):629-642. Online: http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/5/2/629.
Baird, J.M., Carter, B., Cave, K., Dupont, D., General, P., King, C., Plummer, R. and Varewyck, A. (2013). Gaining insights about water: The value of surveys in First Nations communities to inform water governance. Indigenous Policy Journal. 23(4). Online: http://www.indigenouspolicy.org/index.php/ipj/article/view/144/132.
Baird, J.M., and Plummer, R. (2013). Exploring the governance landscape of Indigenous Peoples and water in Canada: An introduction to the special issue. Indigenous Policy Journal. 23(4). Online: http://www.indigenouspolicy.org/index.php/ipj/article/view/143/131.
Baird, J., Plummer, R. and Summers, R. (2013). Cisterns and safe drinking water in Canada. Canadian Water Resources Journal. 38(2):121-134.
Baird, J.M., Walley, F.L., and Shirtliffe, S.J. (2010). Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi colonization and phosphorus nutrition in organic field pea and lentil. Mycorrhiza. 20(8): 541-549.
Baird, J.M., Shirtliffe, S.J., and Walley, F.L. (2009). Optimal seeding rate for organic production of field pea in the northern Great Plains. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. 89(6):1089-1097.
Baird, J.M., Walley, F.L., and Shirtliffe, S.J. (2009). Optimal seeding rate for organic production of lentil in the northern Great Plains. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. 89(3):455-464.