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Core Member, Institute for Science, Society & Policy – ISSP
Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Environment, Society and Policy

Dr. Jackie Dawson Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Environment, Society and Policy leads this group. Jackie has a strong history of publication and research on the human and policy dimensions of environmental and economic change.

Jackie’s multidisciplinary background in geography, with a focus on climate modeling, Arctic shipping, recreation ecology, resource management and tourism draws exceptional students and researchers from across Canada to work with her and Canadian and international partners.

Jackie Dawson 7 year CV_June 2016


Olivia Mussells
Research Associate
Olivia recently completed her Masters of Science with ESPG. She studied hazardous sea ice conditions and their impacts on shipping in the Canadian Arctic. Her research interests bridge the gap between science and social science, including the impacts of climate change on the Arctic, transportation policy, and northern economic development. She is staying on as a Research Associate to aide ongoing research projects. Olivia previously completed a B.Sc. in Environmental Science at the University of Guelph.
Natalie Carter
Postdoctoral Fellow
Natalie Carter recently completed a PhD (Population Medicine) at the University of Guelph. Since 2010 Natalie has been actively involved in development and research projects involving public health, access to education, and agriculture in remote East Africa communities. Her research interests lie in combining local and scientific knowledge, and in using EcoHealth approaches when conducting quantitative and qualitative epidemiologic studies. Natalie has a long-standing interest in the Canadian Arctic that began when visiting family members living in Nunavut.
Magalie Quintal-Marineau
Postdoctoral Fellow
Magalie Quintal-Marineau recently completed a PhD (Indigenous and Human Geographies) at McGill University. She is particularly interested in the contemporary economic and gender dynamics in Indigenous communities and women’s roles in northern development. Her current work, funded by the Fonds de recherche société et culture, focuses on 1) contemporary gender roles, relations and dynamics among Inuit in Nunavik and Nunavut, 2) socioeconomic and sociocultural aspects favoring (limiting) women’s work, 3) (neo)colonial relations and public policy, and 4) feminist approaches.
Pierre-Louis Têtu
Postdoctoral fellow
Pierre-Louis Têtu recently completed a PhD (Geopolitics) at Laval University, Quebec. He is particularly interested in the geopolitical and geo-economic aspects of climate change in the Arctic. His current work focuses on the development of a site guidelines assessing the vulnerability of Inuit’s natural and cultural sites visited by both cruise vessels and private yachts in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Based on a postmodernist approach of environmental conservation, this project brings together various stakeholders as well as remote sensing and remotely controlled aircraft (drones) to identify and assess the vulnerability of a site.


Jenna Joyce
Jenna Joyce is currently pursuing a MSc in Geography with a specialization in Science, Society and Policy. She is a member of the AMAIS project. Her research focuses evaluating the ecological and cultural risk associated with shipping the low impact shipping corridors of Arctic Canada. She is looking specifically at the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut. Jenna completed her Honours BA in Environmental Studies from Carleton University, and her Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and Assessment from Algonquin College.
Weishan Wang
Graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Shanghai Maritime University, a coastal university that features a strong focus of marine studies and application in China, Weishan combined the knowledge of business with the shipping industry. During her degree, she had the opportunity to work as an intern student in Lloyd’s Register Classification Society (China) Co., Ltd at its Shanghai Office. Weishan is currently pursuing a MSc of Marine Management from Marine Affairs program in Dalhousie University, with a particular interest in marine transportation in the North.
Gloria Song
Gloria Song is working on a Master of Laws (LLM) at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law. Her current research as part of the CEDAC project examines the integration and retention of Nunavummiut in the workforce, focusing specifically on the effectiveness of Nunavut's justice systems and processes in addressing and resolving conflicts in the employment context. Previous to her graduate studies, she lived in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut where she practiced as a poverty lawyer for low-income residents in the Kitikmeot region.
Ally Holmes
Ally Holmes is currently pursuing a PhD in Geography at the University of Ottawa. As a member of the CEDAC project, Ally's research will focus on climate change and economic development in the Canadian Arctic. Prior to starting her PhD, Ally completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in International Development at the University of Guelph in 2012, and a Masters of Arts in Tourism Policy and Planning at the University of Waterloo in 2015.
Kathryn Lupton
Kathryn Lupton has a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Ottawa and is now pursuing an MSc in Environmental Sustainability through the Institute of the Environment. After seeing firsthand how the physical Arctic environment is changing on a field course to Yukon and Alaska, Kathryn was inspired to explore some of the indirect, human impacts of climate change in the region. As a part of the Change and Economic Development in Arctic Canada (CEDAC) project, she is currently examining regional visions of successful development in Nunavut with a focus on opportunities for greater Inuit self-determination.
Annika Ogilvie
Annika Ogilvie is a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Geography. She will be conducting research on the implications of climate change and sea-ice change on the shipping industry in the Canadian Arctic. Her research will focus on examining pressured ice and ridge densities using satellite data to further assess ship besetment in areas of high ridge density in the Hudson Strait. Annika completed an Honours BA in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Ottawa.
Marta Bystrowska
Marta Bystrowska is a PhD student at the Center for Polar Studies in Poland. In her PhD project she focuses on what drives development of Arctic marine tourism and the role of cooperation between cruise operators with other stakeholders. She intends to give comparative insight between European and Canadian Arctic. In her Master project she studied the role of cooperation of tourism stakeholders on Svalbard in building their resilience capacity. Marta is a Master graduate of political sciences and spatial economy from the University of Warsaw, Poland.
Julia Olsen
Julia Olsen is a PhD Candidate at Nord University in Norway. The main objective of her work is to assess the impact of increased shipping activities in the Barents Sea on local coastal communities and understand what the implications are for local adaptation and adaptive capacity. Since 2012, Julia has been participating in a number of research projects at Nordland Research Institute, Norway. The primary research areas of her work are local community’s vulnerability and socio-economic adaptation to multiple changes in the Arctic.
Flavia Craciun
Flavia is currently pursuing a MSc. In Environmental Sustainability. Her research will focus on policy planning as it pertains to cruise tourism in the Canadian Arctic. Specifically, she will be analyzing the adaptability and compatibility of planning policies in Iqaluit. Flavia completed her Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo with an Option in Tourism in 2016.
Manuelyn Peralta
Manuelyn Peralta is currently pursuing an MA in Globalization and International Development. Her major research paper will focus on the international communities conceptualization of climate justice in international climate change negotiations and its importance in forming a consensus to a global solution to climate change. She will be focusing on the principals of sustainable development and the common but differentiated responsibility to analyze the disagreements between negotiating blocs. Manuelyn has previoulsy completed a BA in Political Science and Law from Carleton University.
Kayla Greydanus
Kayla Greydanus is pursuing a M.Sc. in Geography, after completing her B.Sc. in Environmental Science at the University of Ottawa. She has been employed at the University of Ottawa for three years working as program coordinator for NSERC CREATE-REACT, a toxicology-training program. Kayla’s research will focus on the ecosystem impacts of invasive species introduced via Arctic shipping routes in the Canadian Arctic. She will be using Sillaute as a pilot location. This project allows the continued development of Kayla’s research interests in conservation biology and geographic information systems (GIS).


Roger RitsemaMA Geography2014
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Jessica JajaMA Geography2014
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Larissa PizzolatoMSc Geography2015
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Olivia MussellsMSc Geography2015
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Alexandra AbramMSc Environmental Sustainability2015
Catherine Caldwell