Environmental Sociology, Risk Governance, Indigenous-Settler Politics, Environmental Justice
For over three decades, governments, regulatory bodies, and scientists have embarked on a ‘project of integration’, attempting to incorporate Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) with Western scientific research about the environment. However, these efforts have been undermined by several problems, and TEK continues to occupy a marginalized and subordinate position to Western science. Yet meaningful and equitable collaboration between scientists and Indigenous communities is imperative in the face of pressing environmental concerns.
My current research focuses on the ways in which different knowledge paradigms, such as Western scientific knowledge and TEK, are evaluated and used to inform natural resource policy and management. My SSHRC-funded dissertation will investigate changes to the management of Pacific Salmon, one of the most iconic and valued group of species on the coast.
Before coming to UBC, I received my BA in Criminology and MA in Socio-Legal Studies from York University in Toronto. In my MA thesis, I examined the increasing surveillance and criminalization of Indigenous direct action in Canada, particularly in the context of natural resource projects.