Director of Transdisciplinary Education & Deputy Science Director
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- Transformations to sustainability and justice
- Transformative capacity
- Social innovation
- Global and local water governance
- SES Resilience practice
Michele-Lee Moore is the Director of Transdisciplinary Education and her research focus is on social innovations and transformations, with a focus on water governance
Moore’s research seeks to build and mobilize knowledge about social innovations - ones that allow us to transform and develop towards positive and just futures that support social-ecological-cultural resilience. Primarily, she has focused on topics of transformative agency, social-ecological systems resilience, and social and governance innovations that are better able to grapple with complex system dynamics in local and transnational water governance.
As Director of Transdisciplinary Education, Moore also advances scientific understandings of how to design, facilitate, and co-create processes and learning spaces that support transformation.
Her work on transformative agency and capacity explores the role of networks, reflexivity, emergence, and most recently, imagination in supporting transformation and governance innovation. Moore’s work centres multiple ways of knowing, relationships (human-human, and human-nonhuman), and healing the past to support alternative futures.
Moore also has extensive leadership experience in inter- and transdisciplinary programmes. For example, Moore was the Deputy and then Director of SRC’s Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development (GRAID) programme (2016-2020), currently leads the Water, Innovation, and Global Governance Lab (WIGGLab) based at the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria Canada (2012-current), co-led the Rockefeller Global Fellowship on Social Innovation (2013-2016), and co-led a national water governance capacity strengthening programme in Canada (2014).
Through her love for both teaching students and supporting practitioners’ working on real-time complex issues, Moore has happily been experimenting with different mediums for communicating, co-creating, and applying science, through presentations, produced videos, podcasts, magazine articles, scientific publications, social innovation labs, facilitated learning processes, and more. Moore also currently serves as a Subject Editor for Ecology & Society and as Editor for Sustainability Science.
Moore has studied across different disciplines for each degree, including Ecology (BScHons, The University of Western Ontario), Geography (MSc, University of Victoria), and Global Governance (PhD, Wilfrid Laurier University, Balsillie School of International Affairs). Moore has spent time conducting field work on remote glaciers in northwest Canada, on shrimp aquaculture ponds in Thailand, and on watershed governance and networks in different watersheds around the world.
Moore also engages in the following roles:
• Research Associate & Strategic Faculty Advisor – POLIS Project on Water Sustainability, University of Victoria, Canada
• Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography, University of Victoria, Canada
• Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, Canada
News articles with Moore, Michelle-Lee
Research news | 2022-09-13
Mutual interests and benefits are no guarantee for increased collaboration
Awareness of interdependencies may not promote, but instead even inhibit, exchange and dialogue between different policy actors
Research news | 2022-08-19
Six ways resilience science can help shift sustainable development practice
Currently a substantial gap between what resilience science suggests the focus and approach should be and what is implemented in practice
Research news | 2022-02-15
A new approach for safeguarding our waters
Humans have changed the global water cycle and governmental bodies designed to govern water struggle to keep up. A new legal paradigm may help
Research news | 2020-12-15
Swedbio: work related to the 2020 Human Development Report
SwedBio enables knowledge generation, dialogue and exchange between practitioners, policy makers and scientists for development and implementation of policies within poverty alleviation, equity, sustainable livelihoods and social-ecological systems rich in biodiversity
Publications by Moore, Michelle-Lee
Amplifying actions for food system transformation: insights from the Stockholm region
Journal / article | 2022
Food is essential to people and is one of the main ways in which people are connected to the world’s ecosystems. However, food systems often cause ecosystem degradation and produce ill-health, which has generated increasing calls to transform food systems to be more sustainable. The Swedish food system is currently undergoing substantial change. A varied set of local actors have created alternative sustainability initiatives t...
The contributions of resilience to reshaping sustainable development
Journal / article | 2022
We review the past decade’s widespread application of resilience science in sustainable development practice and examine whether and how resilience is reshaping this practice to better engage in complex contexts. We analyse six shifts in practice: from capitals to capacities, from objects to relations, from outcomes to processes, from closed to open systems, from generic interventions to context sensitivity, and from linear to...
An Earth system law perspective on governing social-hydrological systems in the Anthropocene
Journal / article | 2021
The global hydrological cycle is characterized by complex interdependencies and self-regulating feedbacks that keep water in an ever-evolving state of flux at local, regional, and global levels. Increasingly, the scale of human impacts in the Anthropocene is altering the dynamics of this cycle, which presents additional challenges for water governance. “Earth system law” provides an important approach for addressing gaps in go...
Capacities for Watershed Resilience: Persistence, Adaptation, and Transformation
Book chapter | 2021
Water management and governance at the watershed scale is complex, with attention needed to the realities of fit with institutional arrangements and consideration of the dynamic and uncertain nature of social-ecological systems. The concept of social-ecological resilience and its application to water resources – ‘water resilience’ hereafter – offers a framework by which to approach these critical considerations. Water resilien...