Research Priorities

ReSDA Research Priorities

Funding is available to support research that addresses priority areas of the ReSDA network. Please see the documents (below) for information on the research priorities and visit the Funding Guidelines for details on how to apply.

If you have any questions about the research proposals and funding please contact Chris Southcott ( or Valoree Walker (

ReSDA Research Priorities

List of Potential Projects (pdf)

There are 14 specific projects identified and number of these are currently underway.

Topic and question

Project Lead(s) and partners

Project 1: Resource Development Impacts Indicators
How can we develop better, community controlled, indicators of change linked to resource development?
Phase I
Project lead – Dr. Andrey Petrov, University of Northern Iowa with Bob Simpson, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
Phase II of the project is under development
Project 2: Measuring the fiscal linkages
How can we maximize the amount of money that stays in a region?
Initial project is being done in the Yukon and Alaska.
Project lead – Dr. Lee Huskey, University of Alaska Anchorage
Matthew Berman, University of Alaska
Chris Southcott, Lakehead University
Helen Booth, Department of Economic Development, Yukon Government
Other community partners and regions TBD
Project 3: Distribution of financial benefits within communities? 
What are the various ways that funding is distributed within communities and what are the impacts of these?
Project lead – Dr. Thierry Rodon, Laval University
Rémy-Darith Chhem, Masters Student, Laval University
Eastern Arctic Mining Network
Nunavut/Nunavik and Labrador – NTI, QIA, Gov’t of Nunavut/ Makivik Corp., and Kativik Regional Gov’t/, Nunatsiavut Gov’t, Eeyou Istchee (Grant Council of the Cree of Eeyou Istchee)
Project 4: Social Impacts and Mitigation in Northern Communities 
What are the best ways to mitigate the main social impacts of resource development on communities?
Project 5: Long Distance Commuting and Arctic Communities
What are the best options for Arctic communities in dealing with long distance commuting?
Project is beginning in the communities of Mayo, Ross River, and Whitehorse, Yukon and the Kivalliq region of Nunavut
Project lead – Dr. Gertrude Eilmsteiner-Saxinger, University of Vienna
PhD student -Susanna Gartler, University of Vienna
PhD student -Tara Cater, Carleton University
Yukon Government, Econ. Dev – Helen Booth
Chris Southcott, Lakehead University
First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun
Ross River Dena Council
Project 6: Impact Benefit Agreements and Beyond
What are the best ways to deal with negative impacts arising from current Impact Benefit Agreements?
Project lead – Dr. Ben Bradshaw, University of Guelph
Jen Jones, PhD student, University of Guelph
Project 7: Resource Development and Subsistence Activities
What can be done to ensure that resource development does not negatively impact the subsistence economy of northern communities?
Phase I – Dr. Harvey Lemelin, Lakehead University
Dr. Dave Natcher, University of Saskatchewan 
Project 8: Social and Economic Impact Assessment (SEIA)
What are the different forms of socio-economic impact assessment used in the north and what forms are communities most comfortable with?
Project 9: Educational and Training Benefits
What are the best examples of employment, training, and education programs associated with resource development in the north?
Project lead – Dr.Andrew Hodgkins, University of Alberta
Project 10: Community Well-being and Resource Development
What are the best measures of well-being for northern communities and what how are these impacted by resource development?
Project lead – Dr. Brenda Parlee, University of Alberta
Ellen Bielawski, University of Alberta
Mark Nuttall, University of Alberta
Chris Furgal, Trent University
Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation
Yellowknives Dene First Nations
Tli Cho Government
Project 11: Traditional Knowledge and Resource Development
What are the best examples of the use of traditional knowledge in the planning and monitoring of resource development?
Project 12: Best practices in Industry/Government/Community relationships
What are the best practices in developing relationships and how do these relationships influence success?
Project lead – Dr. Frances Abele, Carleton University
Joshua Gladstone, PhD student, Carleton University
Natan Obed, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.
Project 13: Gender and Resource Development in the North
What are the gendered dimensions of northern resource extraction, and what are meaningful, practical tools to address gender in decision-making, implementation, and monitoring.
Project lead – Dr. Emilie Cameron, Carleton University
Suzanne Mills, McMaster University
Martha Dowsley, Lakehead University
Project 14: Environmental Impacts of Resource Development
How have environmental changes from resource developments impacting Arctic Communities?
Project lead – Dr. John Sandlos, Memorial University
Arn Keeling, Memorial University
Anne Dance, Post Doctoral Fellow, Memorial University