Water Resilience Lab

Lake Gibson

The concept of water resilience provides a way forward. It is the recognition that we require the capacity to adapt to changing and uncertain conditions and to shift into sustainable pathways when needed.

Human influences on ecosystems are recognized as a major driving force of global environmental change. Interactions and feedbacks between human systems and ecosystems are complex, ever-changing and sometimes surprising. Water resources in particular have been, and continue to be, stressed by the impacts of these interactions (for example, climate change, pollution, increasing demand). This has resulted in water scarcity, decreasing quality and serious concerns about the future of freshwater systems and the ecosystem services they provide. Ultimately, the sustainability of our water resources is dependent on the social system: the ways in which we govern and manage our water.

The Water Resilience Lab (WRL) focuses on the human dimensions of water resilience. It brings together enthusiastic and curious students and post-doctoral fellows to explore, examine, and test – using a resilience lens – ways to enhance the sustainability of our most critical resource. The lab is led by Dr. Julia Baird, CRC in Human Dimensions of Water Resources and Water Resilience.

Current Group Members

Julia Baird

E-mail: jbaird@brocku.ca

Assistant Professor, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre 

Julia Baird is an Assistant Professor at Brock University. Julia’s research focuses on the human dimensions of water resources. She is particularly interested in water resilience, improving outcomes of water governance by improving processes, and agricultural impacts on water.

Ph.D. University of Saskatchewan (Environment and Sustainability)
M.Sc. University of Saskatchewan (Soil Science)
B.Sc. (Distinction) University of Alberta (Crop Science)

Gillian Dale

Email: gdale@brocku.ca

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre

Gillian is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the ESRC. She holds a Ph.D. in Behavioural Neuroscience (Cognitive Psychology) from Brock University, and previously held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her previous research explored individual difference factors (i.e., personality, affect, motivational intensity, etc.) that explain variations in cognitive performance and behaviour. She has extensive experience with research design, questionnaire development and validation, and advanced data analysis. Currently, she is interested in extending her line of research by applying her expertise in both human behaviour and advanced data analysis to real-world problems (e.g., water resilience; environmental stewardship).


Ph.D. in Behavioural Neuroscience (Cognitive Psychology), Brock University

Yuka Kataoka

Email: yk17kf@brocku.ca

Master of Sustainability Candidate, Brock University

Yuka is a graduate from the Osaka Kyoiku University in Japan with a BA in Natural Science, and is currently working towards her Master of Sustainability at Brock University. Her interests surround water resource management and resilience study. In her MRP research, she will investigate resilience history and how water resilience is applied in the context of Remedial Action Plans.