Assistant Professor
Canada Research Chair in Arctic Environmental Change and Governance
Environment and Geography
522 Wallace Building
University of Manitoba
R3T 2N2
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Google Scholar
ORCID: 0000-0002-9119-1687


Academic Background
PhD, Resource Management and Environmental Studies, University of British Columbia
MS, Natural Resources, Cornell University
BA, Development Studies, University of Calgary

Research Interests

Dr. Wilson is a scholar of settler origin whose research focuses on Indigenous peoples, environmental governance, and environmental change in the Arctic. In particular, her research examines the many ways that Indigenous peoples are asserting their self-determination and revitalizing their governance systems to respond to various stressors including climate change and resource development. She has examined these topics in a number of contexts including Community-Based Monitoring, water governance and policy, water security, and climate change adaptation.

Current and Recent Graduate Students

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B.K., Suresh M.Env 0009-0005-9983-7816
Brazeau, Catharine PhD 0000-0003-4538-2922
Odei, Julius Msc 0000-0002-7596-3325


Recent and Significant Publications

Wilson, N.J., 2020. Querying Water Co-Governance: Yukon First Nations and Water Governance in the Context of Modern Land Claim Agreements. Water Alternatives 13, 93-118.

Wilson, N.J., Harris, L.M., Joseph-Rear, A., Beaumont, J., Satterfield, T., 2019. Water is Medicine:  Reimagining Water Security through Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Relationships to Treated and Traditional Water Sources in Yukon, Canada. Water 11, 624. 

Wilson, N.J., Inkster, J., 2018. Respecting Water: Indigenous Water Governance, Ontologies and the  Politics of Kinship on the Ground. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space 1 (4), 516-538. 

Wilson, N.J., Mutter, E., Inkster, J., Satterfield, T.A., 2018. Community-Based Monitoring as the practice of Indigenous governance: A case study of Indigenous-led water quality monitoring in the Yukon River Basin. Journal of Environmental Management 210, 290–298. 

Wilson, N.J., 2014. The Politics of Adaptation: Subsistence Livelihoods and Vulnerability to Climate Change in the Koyukon Athabascan Village of Ruby, Alaska. Human Ecology 42, 87–101.