Max Chewinski is a Liu Scholar, Public Scholar and Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology whose research and writing encompasses the fields of environmental sociology, social movements and political sociology/economy. His doctoral research examines political responses to the Mount Polley dam failure, focusing on how disasters provide opportunities and/or constraints for political engagement. More specifically, he focuses on: (1) how the spill is framed in newspaper coverage over time and across sources in relation to environmental risk, accountability/blame and possible solutions; (2) how public participation in disaster governance has changed over time and varies across actors and (3) how local communities have mobilized in response to the disaster. This research is being carried out in the Cariboo region of B.C. and will include a policy brief on best practices for ensuring a just public consultation model.
Max holds an M.A. in Sociology from Carleton University. His writing has appeared in Social Movement Studies, Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations and The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism.
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