Trained as a cultural anthropologist, my research interests rest largely in environmental and economic anthropology. I hold graduate degrees from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (M.A. 1996) and the University of Alberta (1999) and have held faculty appointments at the University of Alaska Anchorage (Anthropology) and Memorial University of Newfoundland (Anthropology). While at Memorial University, I also held a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies. I am currently a Professor in the Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics at the University of Saskatchewan.
My training and professional experience lie predominantly in qualitative and community-based research. My experience has been cultivated through applied research partnerships with Aboriginal communities in Alaska and Canada where I have had the opportunity to research and publish on the various challenges faced by rural communities, the changing northern economy, and the strategies employed by Aboriginal and other resource dependent communities to deal effectively with social, political, economic and environmental change.
By working directly with Aboriginal resource users, tribal governments, federal, state and provincial government agencies, and resource development industries, I have gained considerable insight on indigenous systems of land tenure (particularly in relation to traditional ecological knowledge), the politics of resource allocation, and how power is articulated, and best negotiated, in contested environments.