About me


I am a doctoral researcher with a background in geography and systems design engineering. I research decision-making and water management.

I model motivating factors that influence decision-making and explore how those models can inform research and environmental management.

Currently, my work focuses on harnessing social values modeling for participatory resources management.

Publications and Conference Contributions

Philpot, SL, Johnson, PA, Hipel, KW. (2017). Analysis of a brownfield management conflict in Canada. Hydrological Research Letters vol. 11 (3): 141-148. DOI:

Philpot, S., Hipel, K., Johnson, P. (2016).  Strategic analysis of a water rights conflict in the south western United States. Journal of Environmental Management vol. 180: 247-256. DOI:

Conference contributions

Philpot, S., Hipel, K., & Johnson, P. (2019, January). Identifying Potential Conflict in Land-Use Planning Using a Values-Centered E-Participation Tool: A Canadian Case Study in Aggregate Mining. In Proceedings of the 52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.

Philpot, S.L., Johnson, P.A., and Hipel, K.W., “Combining Preference Elicitation and Value-focused Thinking in a Participatory Decision Support System for Environmental Decision-making”, refereed extended abstract published in the Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Group Decision and Negotiation, NUAA (Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics), NUAA Discussion Papers in Economics and Management, College of Economics and Management, edited by X. Jiang, H. Xu, S. He, and G.Y. Ke, within the stream of papers on Conflict Resolution presented at the International Conference on Group Decision and Negotiation 2018 (GDN 2018) held at the Marriott Nanjing South hotel, Nanjing, China, from June 9th to 13th, 2018, pp. 174-179, 2018.

Philpot S., Hipel KW., Johnson PA. (2017). Design and Application of a Values-Focused Decision Support System to Facilitate Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making. M. Schoop and D. M. Kilgour (eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Group Decision and Negotiation, 14-18 August 2017, Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany. Discussion Papers in Business, Economics and Social Sciences, Research Area NegoTrans, 16-2017, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, 2017:163.

Philpot S., Johnson, P., & Hipel, K. (2016). Revisiting Elmira: Strategic analysis of an enduring and renewed water contamination conflict in Southern Ontario. Presented at the 7th International Conference on Water Resources and Environment Research (ICWRER) Kyoto, Japan. 2016.

Philpot, S. Hipel, K & Johnson, P. (2014). Strategic Analysis of a trans-jurisdictional water conflict in the western United States. Poster presented at the 2014 Water Institute Research Symposium. Waterloo, Ontario.

Primrose, R. & Philpot, S. (2008). Water Management at Minanha, Belize. Paper presented at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver.

Teaching experience


University of Waterloo: Sessional Instructor. Fall 2016. Resources Management


Undergraduate Student Thesis Supervision: Fall 2017 (In Progress)


University of Waterloo: Teaching Assistant. Fall 2015. Resources Management

University of Waterloo: Teaching Assistant. Spring 2015: Environment and Development  in a Global Perspective

University of Waterloo: Teaching Assistant. Fall 2014: Resources Management

University of Waterloo: Teaching Assistant. WI 2014: Conservation & Resources Management of the Built Environment

University of Waterloo: Teaching Assistant. Fall 2013: Fluvial Geomorphology

Concordia University: Teaching Assistant. WI 2008 & 2010: Special Topics in Geology – Natural Disasters

Blog Posts

This section will focus on topics that interest me, but are outside of my research focus. You will definitely find pictures and descriptions of interesting tech – most of it at least 50 years old, and interesting odds and ends that I come across.


Hair hygrometers are one of my favorite types of weather tech. These devices use horse hair to measure, communicate, and sometimes record humidity. Here you can see and read about a few of my favorite hygrometers.