The School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) is pleased to welcome Dr. Nichole Dusyk as a postdoctoral fellow. Nichole’s research focuses on the intersection of energy governance and participatory politics. Recipient of a MITACS Elevate award, Nichole will be working with SPPA faculty member Alexandra Mallett and the Pembina Institute on federal environmental law reform, focusing on the modernization of the National Energy Board. Her research will create policy recommendations aimed at ensuring federal energy decision-making is open, inclusive, and evidence-based. This includes investigating approaches to public engagement and models for the management and analysis of energy data.

Nichole’s previous research has examined how citizen engagement has influenced both the design of energy technologies and the formation of individual and collective identities. Focused primarily within British Columbia, this work has looked at municipal energy planning, large-scale hydroelectricity (Site C), wind energy, and bitumen pipelines. Nichole is passionate about ensuring that our discussion of energy systems includes the people and the places that are implicated in infrastructure development.

Nichole has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alberta, a master’s degree in science and technology studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a doctoral degree in resource management and environmental studies from the University of British Columbia.