The Natural Resources Institute is interdisciplinary. We integrate knowledge gained from the natural and social sciences to develop holistic perspectives on environmental and natural resources management problems. Research conducted at the NRI may have an economic, social, or ecological perspective, or may integrate all three disciplines.
The NRI also encourages a diverse culture that respects differences and similarities among nationalities and academic backgrounds. Students and faculty are from all over the world, and it is typical to hear a number of different languages in the hallways.
The NRI does not have undergraduates, but we regularly partner with other departments, such as Environment and Geography, to include undergraduates in some courses and to integrate undergraduates into field research.
The mission of the Natural Resources Institute is to create, preserve,
communicate and apply interdisciplinary knowledge in areas of resource
and environmental management, and thereby contribute to the well-being
of the people of Manitoba, Canada and the World.
Fundamental Characteristics of the NRI
- A broad and distinctive view of management that encompasses planning, policy making, decision making, implementation and evaluation;
- A focus on sustainable resource and environmental management, and the integrity of social-ecological systems;
- Community-focused and participatory approaches to resource and environmental management;
- Holistic, interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches, including an examination of ethics, equity and social justice;
- Integration of theory and practice; and,
- Linking knowledge with real-world problems to respond to emerging societal needs.
Vision, Goals, and Objectives of the NRI’s Graduate Programs
To provide a graduate program that leads to an interdisciplinary understanding of sustainability of the environment, natural resources, and social well-being and apply this advanced knowledge for the benefit of people and the environment.
To create a community of faculty, graduate students, and other scholars who think critically, and create, communicate and apply advanced interdisciplinary knowledge in areas of natural resource and environmental management, contributing to the well-being of the environment and people of Manitoba, Canada, and the world.
- To promote an interdisciplinary view of resource and environmental management that encompasses planning, policy making, decision-making, implementation, and evaluation;
- To focus on sustainable resource and environmental management, and the integrity of social-ecological systems;
- To apply holistic and collaborative approaches to problem solving;
- To integrate theory and practice; and
- To link knowledge with real-world problems to respond to existing and emerging societal needs.