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Cole Atlin received her PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. She holds an honours Bachelor of Environment with joint honours in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Waterloo, a Masters of Global Governance from the Balsillie School and a Masters in the Study of Law from the University of Western Ontario.


Atlin’s PhD research focused on the need for conflict management and inclusion of indigenous peoples in environmental assessment and other sustainability decision-making mechanisms, particularly as it relates to Canadian resource developments like the Ring of Fire in Northern Ontario. She worked under the supervision of Dr. Robert Gibson.

She worked as a Post-Doctoral Scholar at Memorial University with Dr. Mark Stoddart investigating the Lower Churchill hydro-electric project, the subsequent inquiry and the fiscal implications for Newfoundland from July 2019 to October 2020. With Professor Stoddart, she produced a report for the Harris Centre examining the governance implications. 

She is currently investigating GBA+ opportunities for IA in Canada with Dr. Amber Fletcher for the NEDIA project. 

She is the 2017 Rita R. Hamm Impact Assessment Excellent Award winner, the inaugural recipient of Association for Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS) Jim McDonald Scholarship for Northern Research. Atlin also received a SSHRC doctoral award and a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Award.

Read Cole Atlin's full academic CV here.

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