I received my PhD (2005) and MA (1999) in Political Science from York University, and my BSc (1998) in Geography and Political Science from the University of Victoria.
Much of my past research was focussed in Latin America, especially Chile, but over the past decade I have shifted my work to Canada’s North. I have worked broadly in the field of political ecology, including ecological citizenship, water governance, Indigenous rights, and socio-environmental conflict around megaprojects (especially hydroelectricity and mining).
Through Laurier’s Cold Regions Research Centre, the Institute for Water Science, and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, I am involved in several research projects in Canada’s Northwest Territories and Northern Ontario, with a focus on Indigenous environmental stewardship, climate change, food security, and protected areas.
I am currently Principal Investigator on a research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, focussed on the rising importance of Indigenous-led conservation and stewardship. That work is conducted in partnership with Dehcho First Nations and, in collaboration with Co-PI Miguel Sioui, the Eeyou Istchee Cree Nation (Northern Quebec).
I am not currently accepting any new PhD students. I am willing to supervise master's students in the field of political ecology, especially those interested in environmental justice, Indigenous Peoples, and environmental conservation. Prospective students should be prepared to work with me on my NWT research projects.
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