Since being awarded Royal Roads’ first Canada Research Chair in 2004, Ann Dale has received national and international recognition for her research in the field of sustainable community development. Her research on governance, innovation and community vitality is designed to provide useful knowledge to Canadian decision-makers. Dale is deeply committed to online conversations on critical public policy issues and novel research dissemination tools, such as her YouTube channel, HEADTalks. An active researcher, Dale leads MC3, a climate change adaptation and mitigation research program studying best practices and innovations in community responses throughout British Columbia. Learn more by visiting her personal blog and her Canada Research Chair blog.

Recent Submissions

  • The role of scientific evidence in Canada's west coast energy conflicts 

    Clermont, Holly; Dale, Ann; King, Leslie; Reed, Maureen (Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 2021)
    With salience, credibility, and legitimacy as organizing themes, we investigated how opposing communities engaged with scientific information for two contentious proposed energy projects in western Canada, and how their ...
  • Communicating environmental research: Harnessing the power of curation 

    Dale, Ann; Clifton-Ross, Jaime; Jost, François; Hodson, Jaigris; Leighton, Hilary; Bernard, Mary (Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 2021)
    Never before has public communication of critical research, science, and knowledge on climate change and biodiversity loss been more important. The 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report, ...
  • Showcasing institutional research: Curating library exhibits to support scholarly communication 

    Dandar, Devina; Clifton-Ross, Jaime; Dale, Ann; Croft, Rosie (Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 2020)
    To support faculty in communicating their research outcomes to the academic community and the wider public, the Royal Roads University (RRU) Library established Showcase, a physical venue in the library designed to promote ...
  • Sustainability issue communication and student social media engagement: Recommendations for climate communicators 

    Hodson, Jaigris; Dale, Ann; Jost, François; Clifton-Ross, Jaime (Journal of Digital & Social Media Marketing, 2020)
    This study explores the digital and social media information habits and preferences of students, particularly as they concern issues-based communication relating to climate change and sustainability. Researchers surveyed ...
  • Frameworks and models for disseminating curated research outcomes to the public 

    Clifton-Ross, Jaime; Dale, Ann; Newell, Rob (SAGE Open, 2019)
    In our post-truth society, mobilizing “facts” and “evidence” has never been more important. We live in an age that is paradoxically information rich due to the proliferation of Internet Communication Technologies (ICTs) ...
  • Toward an integrative framework for local development path analysis 

    Moore, Alastair; King, Leslie; Dale, Ann; Newell, Robert (Ecology and Society, 2018)
    Despite decades of debate and policy interventions, the wicked social-ecological problem of anthropogenic climate change continues to threaten the sustainability of local communities. Impacts resulting from a rapidly ...
  • Community vitality: From adaptation to transformation 

    Dale, Ann; Foon, Rebecca; Herbert, Yuill; Newell, Rob (2016-10-20)
    In September 2009, a small research/practitioner team – members of the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development from Royal Roads University and Sustainability Solutions Group (SSG) – gathered to talk ...
  • Network structure, diversity, and proactive resilience building: A response to Tompkins and Adger 

    Newman, Lenore; Dale, Ann (Ecology and Society, 2005)
    Although community social networks can build resilience, and thus, aid adaptation to unexpected environmental change (Tomkins and Adger 2004), not all social networks are created equal. Networks composed of a diversity of ...