Research Team

The UNESCO Chair is a collaborative where research, education and outreach activities are not only done by the chair but with other people who can be students, faculty, staff or community members. The Chair has a few people are part of the core group who helps represent the chair in meetings and contribute ideas and feedback on activities.

Christine Daigle
Professor of Philosophy, Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence, and Director of the Posthumanism Research Institute

Office: MCA 230
905-688-5550 x 3316

About Christine:

Christine Daigle is Professor of Philosophy, Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence, and Director of the Posthumanism Research Institute ( Her research has focused on Existentialism and Phenomenology, specifically the works of Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir. Her current research focuses on feminist theory and posthumanist thinking. Specifically, she is working on an ontological reconceptualization of the human being that understands our entanglement in being and with all other beings in a novel way, focusing on vulnerability and its ethical potential. This research project has some ramifications in terms of environmental thinking and our collective and individual responsibility toward our individual, collective, and entangled selves. Her research in environmental posthumanities examines the Anthropocene and a reframed notion of sustainability.

PhD Philosophy (Université de Montréal, 2001)
Doctoral Studies (Universität Salzburg)
MA Philosophy (Université de Montréal)
BA Western Society and Culture (Concordia University)
BA Political Science, History (Concordia University)

Brock University and UNESCO Chair researcher Christopher Fullerton driving a bus

Christopher Fullerton
Department Chair, Geography and Tourism Studies,
Associate Professor

Office: MC C417
905-688-5550 x3487

About Christopher:

Dr. Christopher Fullerton is a Professor in Brock University’s Department of Geography and Tourism Studies, where he teaches introductory human geography and several courses in urban and rural community planning. His research work focuses primarily on rural community economic development, the development of Niagara’s rural and regional tourism economy, public transit planning, and Ottawa’s contemporary land use planning history. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Saskatchewan, and also holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Geography from Nipissing University. Before entering into an academic career Christopher worked in the rural community economic development field in northern Manitoba and southern Saskatchewan.

Diane Dupont

Professor of Economics
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of Social Sciences

Office: PLZ 441
905-688-5550 x3129

About Diane:
Professor Diane Dupont is a Professor in the Economics Department at Brock University where she held the Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence from 2006-2009. The Canadian Water Network, SSHRC, CIHR, Health Canada, Environment Canada, and the Donner Foundation have funded her work. She works with researchers in other fields, as well as researchers across Canada, in the United States, England, and Australia.

Her current research program concentrates upon examining ways to encourage more efficient and sustainable use of water resources both on the supply and demand side. On the supply side, she is looking at factors that help to identify which water utilities operate most efficiently and sustainably. On the demand side, she has undertaken a number of non-market valuation studies to determine the value of good quality water as it relates to individuals’ perceptions of the health effects of tap water.

Professor Dupont was the elected Researcher representative to the Canadian Water Network Board of Directors (2010-2012). She is also a Member of the Board of Directors for the North American Association of Fisheries Economists and served as a Member (and Chair for one year) of the Scientific Advisory Committee for WorldFish Centre, Penang, Malaysia. Prior to that, she served as a Member of the Executive Council of the Canadian Economics Association and as a Member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Adjudication Committee (Economics). She has served as an Associate Editor for the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Society and Natural Resources and is currently an Associate Editor for the Canadian Water Resources Journal, Water Resources Research, and Water Resources & Economics.

Ph.D., The University of British Columbia, (Economics. Fields: Environmental and Natural Resources and Public Finance)
MA, The University of Toronto (Economics)
BA (Hons), Carleton University (Economics and German)


Renzetti, S. and Dupont, Diane P. 2015 “Water Pricing in Canada: Recent Developments” chapter 4 in Water Pricing Experiences and Innovations edited by A. Dinar, V. Pochat, and J. Albiac-Murillo. Springer International Publishing. Global Issues in Water Policy Series, Volume 9. Switzerland. Pp. 63-81.

Renzetti, S., Dupont, D. and Chitsinde, T. 2015 “An Empirical Examination of the Distributional Impacts of Water Pricing Reforms”. Utilities Policy. 34

Dupont, D., Price, James, and Renzetti, Steven. 2015. “Small Demands – How to Bring Water Demand Forecasting to Small Utilities” in Water Canada. April 17, 2015.

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).

Renzetti, S., Brandes, O., Dupont, D., MacIntyre-Morris, T., and Stinchcombe, K., 2015 “Using Demand Elasticity as an Alternative Approach to Modelling Future Community Water Demand under a Conservation Oriented Pricing System: An Exploratory Investigation”. Canadian Water Resources Journal. DOI:10.1080/07011784.2014.985508.


Dupont, D., Walder, C., Bharadwaj, L., Plummer, R., Carter, B., Cave, K., and Zagozewski, R. 2014 “Drinking Water, Health Risk Perceptions and Choices in First Nation and non-First Nation Communities in Canada” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 11(6):5889-5903.

Dupont, D. P.  2014 “Rights-Based Management in Canada: Lessons from Two Coasts and A Centre” Marine Policy. 44:60-64.


Renzetti, S. and Dupont, D.P.  2013 “Household behaviour related to water conservation” Water Resources & Economics. 4:22-37.

Zhang, J., Adamowicz, W., Dupont, D.P. and Krupnick, A. 2013 “Assessing the Extent of Altruism in the Valuation of Community Drinking Water Quality Improvements” Water Resources Research. 49:6286-6297.

Bruneau, J., Dupont, D.P. and Renzetti, S. 2013 “Economic Instruments, Innovation and Efficient Water Use” Canadian Public Policy. 39(S2): 11-22.

Baird, J. Dupont, D., Heinmiller, T., Plummer, R., and Renzetti, S. 2013. Liquid Assets: Assessing Water’s Contribution to Niagara”. Report for WaterSmart Niagara.

Dupont, D. P. 2013 “Water Use Restrictions Or Wastewater Recycling? A Canadian Willingness To Pay Study For Reclaimed Wastewater” Water Resources & Economics. 1(1): 61-74.

Baird, J., Carter, B., Cave, K., Dupont, D., General, P., Lynt, 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): 83-100.


Dupont, D.P.  and Jahan, N. 2012 “Defensive Spending On Tap Water Substitutes: The Value of Reducing Perceived Health Risks” Journal of Water and Health. 10(1): 56-68.

Dupont, D.P.  and Bateman, I. J. 2012 “Political Affiliation And Willingness To Pay: An Examination of the Nature of Benefits and Means of Provision” Ecological Economics. 75:43-51.

Day, B., Bateman, I., Carson, R., Dupont, D.P., Louviere, J., Morimoto, S., Scarpa, R., and Wang, P. 2012 “Order Effects and Choice Set Awareness in Repeat-Response Stated Preference Studies”. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. 63:73-91.


Adamowicz, W., Dupont, D.P., Krupnick, A., and Zhang, J. 2011. “Valuation of Cancer and Microbial Disease Risk Reductions in Municipal Drinking Water: An Analysis of Risk Context Using Multiple Valuation Methods” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. 61(2):213-226.

Renzetti, S., Dupont, D.P., and Wood, C. 2011. Running Through our Fingers. How Canada Fails to Capture the Full Value of its Top Asset. Written for the Blue Economy Initiative sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada, the Canadian Water Network, and the Water & Duncan Gordon Foundation. 31 pp.


Dupont, D.P. 2010. “Fisheries Economics: Cutting a Broad Swath in the Field of Scientific Inquiry” Guest Editorial for Special Issue: Fisheries Economics. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics. 54(3): 259-263.

Dupont, D. P. 2010 “Cost-sharing Incentive Programs for Source Water Protection: The Grand River’s Rural Water Quality Program” Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics. 58(4):481-496.

Dupont, D. and H. Nelson 2010 “Salmon Fisheries of British Columbia” Chapter 34 in the Handbook of Fisheries Conservation and Management edited by R. Q. Grafton, R. Hilborn, D. Squires, M. Tait, and M. Williams. Oxford University Press, New York. Pp. 458-470.

Dupont, D. P., Adamowicz, W.L. and Krupnick, A. 2010 “Differences in Water Consumption Choices in Canada: the Role of Socio-demographics, Experiences, and Perceptions of Health Risks” Journal of Water and Health. 8(4):671-686.

Dupont, D. P. and Renzetti, S. 2010. “The Value of Water: Understanding the Contribution of Water to the Canadian Economy” Final Report written for the Canadian Water Network and the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation. October, 2010. 49pp.

Dupont, D. P. 2010. “Bottle Matters” in Water Canada. November/December 2010. p.36.

Heather VanVolkenburg
Research Manager/Contributor Department of Biological Sciences

Office: MCF213
Lab: Cairns 135
(905) 688-5550 x 3398 (office)
(905) 688-5550 x 3318 (lab)

About Heather:

Heather is a scientific research manager, contributor and teaching support in the Department of Biological Sciences at Brock University. She is both involved in and has worked on several ecological and social science initiatives of the Brock University UNCESO Chair on Community Sustainability: From Local to Global, some of which include the Organic Science Cluster 3, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s IdeaLab, and several species at risk here in Niagara. She recently graduated with a Masters of Biological Science (Ecology and Evolution), her research thesis focused on agroecology, specifically the ecological effects of agrominerals and cover crops in local vineyards. Her thesis project ran under the Ontario-China Research and Innovation Fund where she helped to initiate a continuation of the project in organic vineyards. Heather began at Brock as a mature undergraduate student after spending nearly two decades as a senior manager in the private sector. She successfully completed a Bachelor of Science Honors degree (double majoring in Biology and Geography) and graduated at the top of her class all while participating in extensive volunteering opportunities throughout her time at Brock.  Achieving these milestones while raising three children has made her keenly aware of the many existing social obstacles that challenge us globally today. Her passions include both understanding and teaching the complexity of ecological systems, mentoring youth, continuous learning, and anything that involves the natural world.

Jocelyn Baker

About Jocelyn:

Jocelyn is a research assistant with the UNESCO Chair on Community Sustainability: From Local to Global. She holds an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts and Geography, with a diploma in Water Resource Management and GIS. She recently completed a Masters in Sustainability Science at Brock, looking at governance and management in Canadian Ramsar sites. She has been working in integrated natural resource conservation at the local community level in Niagara for the past 30 years. Jocelyn’s early career focus was water quality improvement through the implementation of restoration Best Management Practices, her focus evolved to include Great Lakes remediation and restoration project management.  As a Project Management Professional (PMP), she is the Canadian Co-chair of the Niagara River Binational Ramsar Designation Steering Committee, working to secure a transboundary Ramsar designation for the Niagara River.