Shawn Courtney worked as a research assistant at the Water Sustainability Project from June to September 2009. His research focused on several areas: water scarcity and conservation initiatives in major Californian cities; the connections between Integrated Resource Management and effective water governance; and best practices in water supply management, pricing, and conservation. He also supported the communications and outreach efforts of the WSP. He graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Victoria, which led to a placement as an Intern with the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. He also provided media-monitoring services for POLIS on a volunteer basis in 2008. Just like Susanne, he likes to ride his bike everywhere.