Founder and Executive Director
Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon’s research focuses on threats to global security in the 21st century, including economic instability, climate change, and energy scarcity. He also studies how people, organizations, and societies can better resolve their conflicts and innovate in response to complex problems. He holds a PhD from MIT in international relations, defense and arms control policy, and conflict theory.
Dr. Scott Janzwood leads the development and management of the Cascade Institute's research projects. His own research focuses on how scientists and policymakers communicate uncertainty and collaborate to address global catastrophic risks such as climate change, pandemics, and other emerging threats. Scott holds a PhD in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo.
Dr. Gabriela (Gaby) Vieyra manages the Cascade Institute's office and administrative systems. She has been an educator for almost 23 years as an instructor, department director and curriculum designer. Gaby holds a PhD in Humanistic Studies with an emphasis on ethics from Tecnologico de Monterrey and is currently completing her Masters of Environment and Management at Royal Roads University.
Dr. Michael Lawrence is a Fellow on the Polycrisis Team. He uses complexity science to understand the coevolution of conflict, violence, and social structure, and through this work he has developed expertise on global governance, societal collapse, the psychology of dehumanization, transnational organized crime, and peacebuilding. Mike holds a PhD in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo.
Fellow, Ultradeep Geothermal
Dr. Rebecca Pearce is a Fellow on the Ultradeep Geothermal Team. Her research focuses on emerging geothermal and drilling technologies. Rebecca is an expert in applied magnetotellurics, contributing to projects in Chile, Northern BC and West Antarctica. She holds a PhD in Geophysics from University College London.
Dr. Megan Shipman is a Fellow on the Polycrisis Team. Her expertise in neural circuitry, complex behaviour, and biomedical science informs her current research on global health systems and their interactions with global crises. Megan holds a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Vermont.
Nicole Pointon is the Cascade Institute’s Communications Manager. She has worked in communications and related roles at the University of Toronto, Capilano University, the University of Victoria, and in the private sector. Nicole holds a BA in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University and is currently completing a Masters of Global Leadership at Royal Roads University.
RESIDENT AND VISITING FELLOWS
Resident Fellow, Energy System Transformation
Dr. Julie MacArthur is the Canada Research Chair in Reimagining Capitalism and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Management at Royal Roads University. She is an expert in the political economy of just energy transitions, with a particular focus on the potential and role of radical democratization for transformative system change. Julie holds a PhD in Political Science from Simon Fraser University.
Resident Fellow, Anti-Polarization
Dr. Jaigris Hodson is the Canada Research Chair (tier 2) in Digital Communication for the Public Interest and an Associate Interdisciplinary Studies Professor at Royal Roads University. Her SSHRC and CIHR funded research examines the ways that misinformation can be mitigated through digital communication efforts. Jaigris holds a PhD from York University.
Visiting Fellow, Ultradeep Geothermal
Dr. Ian Graham is a member of the Ultradeep Geothermal Team. A former IT and business consultant, he has held management and leadership positions at the Bank of Montreal, University of Toronto, and small Toronto-based startups, as well as research positions with the National Research Council. Ian holds a PhD in Physics from McGill University.
Dr. Lina Madaj is a Researcher on the Permafrost Carbon Feedback Project. She is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands where her research focuses on the carbon released into the ocean by coastal permafrost thaw. Lina holds a PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of Bremen, Germany.
Deniz Vural is a Researcher on the Permafrost Carbon Feedback Project. She has 10 years of professional experience in education and outreach activities related to climate change and its impact on polar regions. Deniz is a PhD Candidate at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Potsdam, Germany where she researches the changing shoreface dynamics on the permafrost coasts of the Northwestern Canadian Arctic.
Katherine Matos is a member of the Polycrisis Team. She is currently completing an MA in Environment and Management at Royal Roads University, where her research focuses on the energy transition. She has over 10 years of experience in environmental studies and project management within the private and public sectors.
Princess Sharlynne Cosalan is a member of the Ultradeep Geothermal Team. She is currently completing an MSc in Earth Sciences at Simon Fraser University where her research focuses on volcanic crisis management, where she leverages geophysics to enhance our understanding and preparedness for volcanic events.