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Congratulations to Kent Spiers!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Congratulations to Kent Spiers who has been awarded a SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) Doctoral Scholarship for his research.

Kent’s research project is looking at community based monitoring (CBM) efforts in Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Fogo Island, Newfoundland, and communities in the region of the Inuit Circumpolar Council of Alaska. He is interested in understanding what elements create a meaningful and equitable relationship between community members and western scientists. His understanding is that projects where community members have been involved throughout the various stages (conception to completion) are more likely to be accepted by the communities and lead to positive changes. Using a resiliency framework that is imbedded in community level adaption to climate change there are implications for a greater understanding of how to bridge traditional ecological knowledge and Indigenous knowledge with western scientific techniques. Kent will spend several weeks in each communities carrying out interviews and focus groups with community members in order to co-design a framework of specific indicators that are necessary for greater CBM project design and implementation in northern rural coastal communities. Kent is looking forward to working with community members in order to create a specific model or framework that can be utilized to improve current and future CBM projects.

Way to go Kent!