Professor, Department of Sociology, Lakehead University
Adjunct Faculty, Yukon Research Centre, Yukon College
ReSDA Research Director and Theme 2 Coordinator -Sustainable Communities
The research director for ReSDA is Chris Southcott. Raised in Northern Canada, he has been involved in community-based research in the Circumpolar North for almost 25 years. During these years he has published over 100 scientific reports, books, book chapters, and articles dealing with social and economic change in Northern Canada and the rest of the circumpolar world. Recently he co-edited the first ever work to analyze the effects of globalization on Arctic communities (Heininen and Southcott, 2010) and the first ever work on migration in the Circumpolar North (Huskey and Southcott, 2010). In 2009 he was asked by the Northern Development Minister’s Forum to write their major report on the changing economies of the North (Southcott and Irlbacher-Fox, 2009).
Over the past 12 years he has led several major Canadian and international research initiatives dealing with social and economic development in northern regions. These include organizing international curriculum, international mobility, and research outreach for the University of the Arctic, and establishing the Social Economy Research Network for Northern Canada (SERNNoCa). Chris is a strong advocate to support the increased capacity of research within the Northern regions. Through his dedicated efforts he helped in establishing SSHRC eligibility of Yukon College with the development of SERNNoCa program and locating the central facility of the research operations at the College.
In 2001 and 2002 he successfully led a team of 12 international social scientists in the first attempt to produce circumpolar social science curriculum material for the University of the Arctic. In 2004 he was chosen to be the lead author for the International Conference on Arctic Research Planning’s Report on Research Outreach (Science Plan 11). In 2006 he was awarded a major SSHRC grant involving 35 researchers and 20 community partners to examine ways that community-based organizations in Northern Canada could better ensure sustainable development in the region. This led to the establishment of the Social Economy Research Network for Northern Canada for which he was the Chair and Research Director during its operations from 2006-2012. Also in 2006 he was awarded a grant to lead Canadian participation in the European Science Foundation-lead Boreas project dealing with migration in the Circumpolar North. Since 2005 he has been Chair of the University of the Arctic’s Research Outreach program. In 2009 he was chosen by UNESCO to represent Canadian social science in their International Experts project on Sustainable Development and Climate Change in the Arctic.
Currently he is the Principal Investigator for an international project, Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic (ReSDA), with base funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Major Collaborative Research Initiatives program. The mandate of this network is to develop ways to ensure that a larger share of resource development benefits stay in the region with fewer negative impacts to communities.
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