I am sociologist currently working on two projects. On March 16, 2020, I began working with the Adaptation to Climate Change Team at Simon Fraser University on a project led by Alison Shaw of Flipside Sustainability and Deborah Harford. Together with over a dozen municipalities of different sizes and profiles around British Columbia, we are planning and implementing strategies for Low Carbon Resilience, or integrated climate change adaptation and mitigation.
I am also working on a long-term project with a group of international researchers and Principle Investigator Jessica O’Reilly to conduct a study of the processes through which the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change authors its Sixth Assessment Report.
From February 2018 to June 2019, I worked at the Center for Research in Energy & Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice University as a postdoctoral fellow working on a National Science Foundation project led by Dominic Boyer. The project, called “Recovery, Relocation and Alluvial Awareness in Post-Harvey Houston,” uses surveys, ethnographic observations and in-person interviews to study how flooding events impacts peoples’ sense of place. We focussed on the Brays Bayou watershed and the Greens Bayou watershed. A public report is available here: https://anthropology.rice.edu/sites/g/files/bxs1041/f/Flooding_Report.pdf and we contributed an article to the Anthropocene Curriculum that is available here: https://www.anthropocene-curriculum.org/contribution/hydraulic-houston.
Before moving to Houston, I completed a two-year postdoc with the Climate Futures Initiative and Michael Oppenheimer at Princeton University on February 1, 2018. During my postdoc, I conducted an ethnography of the visualization of sea ice data at the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
I defended my dissertation in Sociology at Queen’s University, Canada, in November 2015. My dissertation is called The Social Reorganization of Polar Science: Responding to Cryospheric Change in the International Polar Year 2007-2008 and Beyond. Martin Hand was my supervisor and Sergio Sismondo and Mick Smith were committee members. Brian Wynne was the external examiner. I used in-depth qualitative interviews, participant-observation, and document analysis to research how scientists and policymakers are responding to Arctic change. I framed the dissertation as an inquiry into the call to go “From Knowledge to Action,” which is the theme that concluded, in 2012, the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008.
For an updated list of peer-reviewed journal articles, click here: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4008-3755 I’m working on a list of other publications. Meanwhile, one of my unpublished papers, “Sovereignty as a social issue: The case of Inuit Nunangat,” that I presented at the Northern Research Forum when I was a 2nd year PhD student, is here: https://youtu.be/4bWuNg3uKmc