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Dr. Patricia Manuel

Dalhousie University
Associate Professor, School of Planning
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dr. Patricia Manuel is the Director of the School of Planning at Dalhousie University. She is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and  the Licensed Professional Planners Association of Nova Scotia. A geographer by training, she works mainly in the areas of environmental and community planning. She is cross-appointed to the School of Occupational Therapy where she has taught community design in the health professions. Dr. Manuel is also a visiting faculty member with the University Centre of the Westfjords, Akureyri University, Iceland where she teaches a course each year in coastal planning in the graduate Coastal and Marine Management program. Dr. Manuel conducts applied research in climate change adaptation planning, wetlands interpretation and management, and watershed planning and management. She also researches community planning and design and health. She teaches broadly in the areas environmental planning theory and practice. She regularly supervises student research in environmental, coastal and watershed planning.  Dr. Manuel currently serves on the National Coastal Assessment Advisory Committee (National Resources Canada-Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division) and the Atlantic Climate Adaptations Solutions Association Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation. She is very active in the local environment and planning community serving on boards, and working with watershed groups, community planning and advisory groups, and ENGOs.