Jackie Dawson

Canada Research Chair in The Human and Policy Dimensions of Climate Change

Tier 1 - 2021-07-01
Renewed: 2016-07-01
University of Ottawa
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council


Research involves

Examining the human and policy elements of environmental change with a focus on Arctic oceans and maritime transportation.

Research relevance

This research will lead to new data and tools to help understand the human and policy implications of environmental change in the Canadian Arctic.

Research summary

The Arctic is on the cusp of a significant transformation: climate change is causing sea ice to melt, and this is increasing ship traffic in the North as the region’s waters become more navigable. Dr. Jackie Dawson, Canada Research Chair in the Human and Policy Dimensions of Climate Change, is assessing the benefits and risks of this emerging shipping frontier.

She and her research team are focusing on improving our understanding of Arctic shipping trends. They are modelling future traffic scenarios, identifying and evaluating the risks and opportunities related to Arctic shipping, and evaluating policy and adaptation response mechanisms. They are also advancing Arctic marine policy and Indigenous co-governance.