Elizabeth Worden

Research Associate

Centre for Earth Observation Science

Supervisors: Dr. David Barber and Lauren Candlish

M.A. University of Manitoba: Geography
B.A. University of Manitoba: Environmental Studies

Research Interests

My focus is on meaningful engagement of Arctic communities in the research processes conducted by scientists and institutions. As a Masters student, I conducted a community-driven project exploring social and environmental factors affecting the subsistence beluga harvest in Aklavik, Northwest Territories from an Inuvialuit perspective, using narrative enquiry (making meaning through stories) to present the community voice in the results. This project was affiliated with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and originated from Aklavik representatives at the co-management meeting, the Beluga Summit, in March 2016 in Inuvik NT.

I carried those experiences forward into my current research focus, which involves working with Canadian and Greenlandic communities in the High Arctic around the North Water Polynya, or Pikialasorsuaq. Our aim in this project is to collaborate with communities to develop training for Inuit-led monitoring of the region that lines up with both community interests and CEOS’s scientific capacity. Partially employed by the non-governmental organization Oceans North, my role is also to act as a liaison across sectors. It is hoped that this collaborative initiative will help build capacity and self-determination among Inuit in the region.

Project Links

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Newg1P83b5g
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/aklavik-beluga-whale-hunt-1.5661218
http://pikialasorsuaq.org/en/
https://oceansnorth.org/en/where-we-work/north-water-polynya/

Contact Information

460 Wallace Building
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB
R3T 2N2
(204) 474-8232
Email