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EDUCATION

 Current (Fall 2018) – Doctorate of Philosophy

  • Geography (with specialization in Environment and Sustainability)
  • Western University, London, Canada

2012 – Master of Arts

  • Geography (With specialization in Environment and Sustainability)
  • Western University, London, Canada

2010 – Bachelor of Arts

  • Political Science, Environmental Studies (Double Major)
  • University of Winnipeg, Canada

 

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Environmental Governance
  • Canadian Environmental Policy
  • Geopolitics
  • Satellite Infrastructure and Applications
  • History of Space Exploration

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

2018 – Present Strategic Relations Policy Analyst

  • Canadian Space Agency, Federal Student Work Experience Program
  • Manager: Taryn Tomlinson
  • Role: Review ongoing programing and communicate with outside ministries to identify mainstreaming potential for CSA technologies, and products, across government. Foster intragovernmental relationships with goal of program development. Review and compile literature reviews and meeting agendas.

2012-2017 Research Assistant & Project Coordinator

  • Principle Investigator: Dr. Gordon McBean, Western University
  • Project: Integrating Strategies for Climate & Weather Risk Reduction in Canada
  • Role: Provide in-depth literature review on status of climate change adaptation in Canada, developed and operationalized a research project to address literature gaps and provide deliverables in collaboration with government, industry and NGO community.

2016 Science Documentation and Data Downlink

  • Principle Investigator: Dr. Gordon Osinski, Western University
  • Project: Canadian Space Agency Mars Sample Return Simulation (CanMars)
  • Roles: Document and synthesize science discussion during rover operations and planning. Liaison with science and engineering lead regarding key decisions for purpose of accuracy in documentation. Backup data downlink coordinator between filed site and mission control.

2011-2012 Research Assistant

  • Principle Investigator: Dr. Gordon McBean, Western University
  • Project: The Geopolitics of Climate Change in the Canadian Arctic
  • Roles: Conduct literature review of climate impacts in Canadian Arctic and document political response to these changes amidst contemporary geopolitical context and the UNCLOS processes.

2010 Research Assistant & Field Interviewer

  • Principle Investigator: Gino Distasio, University of Winnipeg
  • Project: Sustainable Churchill
  • Role: Provide literature review of all existing social and environmental sustainability research on Churchill and other Northern Canadian communities, help field team interview Churchill residents and facilitate community workshops

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2017-Current – Online Course Developer                                                             

  • Western University, Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration – The History of Space Exploration

2012-Current – Instructor

  • Western University, Department of Geography – Geog 2090: Space Exploration
  • Western University, Department of Biology – EnvrSci 1021: Environmental Issues

2010-2017 – Teaching Assistant (Undergraduate Courses)

  • Western University, Department of Geography – Geog 2090: Space Exploration
  • Western University, Department of Geography – Geog 2050: Geopolitics
  • Western University, Department of Geography – Geog 2333: Climate Change

2016 Graduate Course Teaching Assistant

  • Western University, Centre for Environment & Sustainability – EnvrSust 9011A: Foundations of Sustainability

2016 Educational Camp Instructor

  • Western University, Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration – Space Camp 

 

GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS

2018 Canadian Space Agency 2018 IAC Student Participation Initiative Grant

  • Awarded by: Canadian Space Agency
  • Amount $6000

2016 E-Campus Ontario Development Grant (Co-Applicant)

  • Lead Applicant: Dr. Gordon Osinski, Western University
  • Awarded by: Government of Ontario
  • Amount: $750,000/ 2 years

2013 SSHRC Insight Grant (Contributing Researcher)

  • Lead Applicant: Dr. Gordon McBean, Western University
  • Awarded by Government of Canada Social Science and Humanities Research Council
  • Amount: $166,000/ 4 years

2012 Western Graduate Research Scholarship (Lead Applicant)

  • Awarded by: Department of Geography, Western University
  • Amount: $105,700/ 4 years

2011 Western University Faculty of Social Science Agnes Cole Dark Fund Scholarship (Co-Applicant)

  • Lead Applicant: Dr. Dan Shrubsole, Western University
  • Amount: $2500

2010 Department of Geography Western Graduate Research Scholarship (Lead Applicant)

  • Amount: $34,000/ 2 years

2009-2010 Government of Canada Millennium Scholarship (Lead Applicant)

  • Amount: $3000 Annually

2007-2010 Manitoba Scholarship for Students from Low-Income Families

  • Amount: $ 1500 Annually

 

AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS

2018 Space Generation Advisory Council Global Delegate

  • 1 of 50 Global Delegates
  • Selected to represent under-35 space leaders

2017 & 2011 Western University Society of Graduate Students Teaching Assistant Award (Nominated)

  • Nominated by: Students (GEOG 2050, EnvrSust 9011A)
  • Awarded for: Excellence in teaching assistant position

2017 Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration Outreach Award

  • Awarded for: Excellence in public outreach

2016 & 2011 Western University Department of Geography Michael J. Troughton Award

  • Awarded for: Excellence in environmental research in a rural context
  • Amount: $1500

2013 Western University Department of Geography E.G. Pleva Teaching Award

  • Awarded for: Excellence in Teaching (GEOG 2090: Space Exploration)
  • Amount: $1000

2012 9th Annual Earth Day Colloquium: Best Presentation

2011 Western University Faculty of Social Science Graduate Alumni Award

  • Awarded for: Performance and financial need
  • Amount: $1000

 

PUBLICATIONS

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Bednar, D. & Henstra, D. (In Press). Applying a Typology of Governance Modes to Climate Change Adaptation. Politics and Governance. 6(3),
  • Osinski, O., Battler, M., Caudill, C., Francis, R., …Bednar, D. (In Press). The CanMars Mars Sample Return Analogue Mission. Journal of Planetary & Space Science
  • Walker, C., Mason, S., & Bednar, D. (2018). Development, Urban Bias, and Inequalities in Rural Ontario, Canada. Journal of Rural and Community Development. 13(2).

Manuscripts Currently Under Peer Review

  • Bednar, D. (2018). Occupy Earth: Deconstructing and Reconstructing the Outer Space Treaty for Climate Change Geopolitics. Special Issue on the Critical Geopolitics of Outer Space, Geopolitics.
  • Bednar, D., Hawkswell, J., King, D., Battler, M., Kerrigan, M., & Osinski, G. (2017). Documentation of Daily Communications and Decision-Making Processes for CanMars Analogue Mars Rover and Sample Return Mission. Journal of Planetary & Space Science.

Manuscripts in Preparation or Revision for Peer Review

  • Bednar, D., McBean, & Henstra, D., G. The Governance of Climate Change Adaptation in Canada: Current Modes and the Implementation Deficit.
  • Bednar, D. McBean, G, Henstra, D. A Multilevel Analysis of Practitioner Governance Preferences for Climate Change Adaptation
  • Remilliard, J., Bednar, D. & McBean, G. Multilevel Governance, Climate Change Adaptation, and Disaster Risk Management.
  • Bednar, D., Klinger, J., Harrison, T., & McBean, G. A Research Agenda for Connecting Local and the Orbital Scales for Climate Change Adaptation: The Need to Identify Pathways for Access and Use in Early and Non-Space Faring Countries.
  • Klinger, J. & Bednar, D. An Introduction to the Critical Geopolitics of Outer Space. Geopolitics: Special Issue: The Critical Geopolitics of Outer Space.
  • Bednar, D. & Shrubsole, D. Cross Border Water Conflict and News Media Narratives: The Case of Devils Lake, North Dakota.

Non-Refereed Publications

  • Bednar, D., Harford, D., McBean, G., Peters, W., & Satzewich, J. (2018). Workshop Proceedings: Climate Change Adaptation Governance in BC. Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT) Report. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Bednar, D., Raikes, J., & McBean, G. (2018). The Governance of Climate Change Adaptation in Canada. Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction. Research Paper Series, No. 60., 72 pp. ISBN: 978-1-927929-12-4.
  • Osinski, O., Battler, M., Caudill, C., Francis, R., …Bednar, D. (2017). Overview of the 2016 #CanMars MARS Sample Return Analogue Mission. Scientific Abstract 2417. 48th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, TX.
  • Hawkswell, J., King, D., Bednar, D., Battler, M., M., & Osinski, G. (2017). Documentation of Science and Planning Team Activities for the 2016 CanMars Sample Return Analogue Mission. Scientific Abstract 2398. 48th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, TX.
  • Bednar, D. (2012). Geography, News Media Discourse, and Water Management: A Case Study of the Devils Lake Outlet. Western University Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository.

Popular Publications

  • Bednar, D. (2018). What is Climate Change Adaptation? The Adaptation Cycle. Medium, June 2018.
  • Bednar, D. (2018). The Geography of Space Exploration: Who was the third Country in Space? Medium, March 2018.
  • Bednar, D. (2018). The Geography of Space Exploration: It’s Always Political. Medium, February 2018.
  • Harrison, T. & Bednar, D. (2017). Keeping an Eye on Climate Change. Slate, March 2017.

 

PRESENTATIONS, PANELS, & WORKSHOPS

Invited Talks

  • Panel Discussant: Attending Conferences: Experiences and Best Practices. Department of Geography Speaker Series. Western University, London, ON. March 9, 2018.
  • Invited Presentation: 50 Years of the Outer Space Treaty: What’s in it and Where is it Going? Western University Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration Forum. London, ON. October 20, 2017.
  • Panel Discussant: Opportunities and Challenges in Climate Change Adaptation. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers. Boston, MA. April 5-9, 2017.
  • Panel Discussant: Challenges of Graduate Level Student Leadership: Experiences from Past Presidents. Annual Meeting of the American Association of American Geographers. San Francisco, CA. March 30-April 2, 2016.
  • Guest Speaker: The History of Space Politics and the Outer Space Treaty. Geography 2090, Department of Geography, Western University. London, ON. November 3, 2016.
  • Guest Speaker: The History of the Space Shuttle Program. Geography 2090A: Space Exploration, Western University, London, ON. October 3, 2013.
  • Guest Speaker: Canada’s Arctic Strategy under the Harper Government. Geography 9334: Environmental Policy, Western University, London, ON. October 24, 2011.

 Conference Papers & Oral Presentations

  • Bednar, D. & Henstra, D. (2018). A Typology of Governance Modes for Climate Change Adaptation. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers. New Orleans, LA. April 10-14. 
  • Bednar, D. (2018). #OccupyEarth: Deconstructing and Constructing the Outer Space Treaty for Climate Change Geopolitics. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers. New Orleans, LA. April 10-14. 
  • Bednar, D. (2018). Geographies of Scale: Applying Hyndman’s Feminist Geopolitics to Space Activities. Women in Planetary Science Conference. Toronto, ON. February 17-18, 
  • Bednar (2017). A Critical Geopolitics of Space: Where has it been and where do we go? Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers. Boston. MA. April 5-9, 2017. 
  • Bednar, D. (2016). Political Issues Surrounding the Orbital Debris Problem. Space Day at Western. Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration, Western University. London, ON. April 4, 2016. 
  • Bednar, D. (2016). Placing Issues of Space Politics into a Typology of Public Governance. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers. San Francisco, CA. March 30-April 2, 2016.
  • Bednar, D. McBean, G. & Shrubsole, D. (2016). Mapping the Governance of Climate Change Adaptation in Canada. Western University Department of Geography PhD Colloquium Series. London, ON. February 5, 2016.
  • Bednar, D. McBean, G. & Shrubsole, D. (2015). Multilevel Governance and Climate Change Adaptation: Making Sense of the Literatures. Canadian Association of Geographers Ontario Division Annual Meeting. Carleton University, Ottawa, ON. October 24, 2015.
  • D. & Shrubsole, D. (2014). Geography, News Media, and Water Governance: A Case Study of the Devils Lake Outlet Dispute. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Tampa, FL. April 10, 2014. 
  • Bednar, D. & Shrubsole, D. (2012). Devils Lake: Flooded American Homes vs. Canadian Environmental Risk? Centre for Environment and Sustainability 9th Annual Earth Day Colloquium. Western University, London, ON. April 13, 2012.

Poster Presentations

  • Bednar, D. (2017) A Typology of Governance for Climate Change Adaptation. 4th Annual Ontario Climate Consortium Symposium, York University, Toronto, ON. May 11.
  • Bednar, D. & McBean, G. (2016). What Does Collaboration Mean to Governments? Desires, Enablers, and Metrics of Collaboration on Climate Change. 3rd Annual Ontario Climate Consortium Symposium, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON. May 5.

Workshops and Panels Designed or Facilitated

  • 2018 – Multi-Sector Panel on the Future of Canada in Space. Hosted by the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration, Western University. London, ON. April 6.
  • 2018 – Expert Insights on the Governance of Climate Change Adaptation in British Columbia. Hosted by Simon Fraser University and the Adaptation to Climate Change Team. Vancouver, BC. March 6.
  • 2017 – Expert Insights on the Governance of Climate Change Adaptation in Canada. Hosted by Health Canada, Ottawa, ON. March 6.
  • 2017 – Expert Insights on the Governance of Climate Change Adaptation in Canada. Hosted by Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, Toronto, ON. March 3.
  • 2016 – Robotic Rover Design and Task Completion (for kids). Western University Centre for Planetary Science CanMars Public Night. November 10.
  • 2010 – Taking Geographers out of Geography? Academic Versus Popular Geography. Department of Geography Critical Reading Seminar Series. Western University, London, ON. November 12.

 

VOLUNTEER SERVICE

 Conference Organization

  • 2018 – Organizer and Chair: The Critical Geopolitics of Outer Space: The Democratization and (de)Politicization of Non-Earth Places. Paper Session. New Orleans, LA, April 10-14.
  • 2017 – Organizer and Chair: Human Rights and Critical Geopolitics of Space. American Association of Geographers. Paper Session. Annual Meeting. Boston, MA. April 5-9.
  • 2017 – Centre for Environment and Sustainability Conference Planning Team Member. EnviroCon at Western. March 8.
  • 2016 – Co-Organizer: Critical Geopolitics of Outer Space. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting. Paper Session. San Francisco, CA. April 2-March 4.
  • 2016 – Centre for Environment and Sustainability Conference Planning Team Member. Western University Earth Day Colloquium. April 22.

 Service to University and Community

  • 2017 – Present Volunteer Event Planner – Western University Society of Graduate Students Pride/LGBTQIA+ Commission
  • 2015-2018 Co-Chair – Western University Space Science and Technology Community of Practice
  • 2016 Community Liaison and Tree Planter – ReForest London.
  • 2016 Volunteer Event Planner – Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration CANMARS 2016 Public Outreach
  • 2014-2016 President – Department of Geography Graduate Students Society, Western University
  • 2014-2016 Graduate Student Representative – Department of Geography Faculty Council
  • 2015 President – Western University Karate Club
  • 2012-2015 Commissioner & Founder – Department of Geography Wellness Committee, Western University
  • 2014 Graduate Student Representative – Department of Geography Hiring Committee
  • 2013 Graduate Student Representative – Centre for Environment & Sustainability Collaborative Program Administrative Committee, Western University
  • 2010-2012 Public Service Alliance Canada Union Representative – Department of Geography Graduate Student Society, Western University

Editorial Service

  • Geopolitics – Special Issue Guest Editor (In Progress).
  • The Canadian Geographer – Invited manuscript reviewer

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & TRAINING

 2018 LivingWorks Mental Health Training

  • Suicide Alertness Training (3 hours)

 2016 – Present Western Social Science Continuous Teaching Improvement Community of Practice

  • Co Chair and Facilitator

 2018 Space Generation Advisory Committee

  • Space Generation Fusion Form Under 35 Global Delegate (1 of 50)
  • 2 Day Intensive Professional Development and Networking Program
  • Report Submitted to United Nations Committee for Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

 2017 Foundation for Environmental Stewardship Certificate of Training

  • Advocacy and Implementation: UN Sustainable Development Goals (8 Hours)

 2015 Western University Teaching Support Centre Certificate in University Teaching

  • Advanced Teaching Program – Completed
  • Degree Duration Program – In Progress

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Western University Centre for Environment & Sustainability
  • Western University Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX)
  • Climate Change Adaptation Community of Practice (CCACoP)
  • Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG)
  • Association of American Geographers (AAG)
  • Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC)

 

LANGUAGES

  • English (Proficient Reading, Writing, and Oral)
  • French (Proficient Reading, Intermediate Oral and Writing)

 

Contact dbednar@uwo.ca for references

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Studying climate change, space exploration, and sometimes both.

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