By academic training and profession, Dr. Ian Stewart is a historian and philosopher of both natural and social sciences, with research and teaching interests in all periods of history. He is also an analyst of contemporary science policy, particularly as it relates to socio-ecological systems. Work in that field includes being co-Director of a pan-Canadian, SSHRC-funded research initiative, working with Canada’s Impact Assessment Agency to deepen academia’s contributions to the methodologies and conceptual approaches of impact assessment in order to better reflect the coupled realities of people and place. He is a senior research member of Dalhousie University’s Environmental Information: Use and Influence research group and sits on the Ocean Frontier Institute’s Scientific Advisory Committee. His private sector work includes being an Associate of Nexus Coastal Resource Management.