University of Calgary
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Calgary. Before academia, I worked as a financial journalist in Canada, the United Kingdom and Singapore. Then a SCUBA diving volunteerism trip in Indonesia led me to question whether local communities are adequately included in "sustainable development" and how to redress that exclusion. This evolved into a PhD in Geography and now my research priority is marginalized populations in marginal space. I study how power affects communication strategies and spaces as the wider context of environmental decision-making. My current research concerns local adaptations to environmental change among Indigenous peoples of the Canadian Arctic and Southeast Asia; my latest effort is a collaborative project of story-sharing and knowledge co-creation in Nunavut.
In the westernmost reaches of Nunavut, on the Northwest Passage, Inuit hunters have told me some pithy things about climate change. The land is changing. It isnt climate change. This is part of cycles. Our elders saw...