Jackie Dawson selected for membership to the prestigious Global Young Academy

Posted on Friday, April 8, 2016

Jackie Dawson selected for membership to the prestigious Global Young Academy (GYA): The GYA is a group of outstanding young scientists and scholars from around the world providing a rallying point to lead international, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational dialogue with the goal to make global decision making evidence-based and inclusive. Dawson was accepted into the GYA for her ground-breaking and interdisciplinary research on the human and policy dimensions of environmental change across the Arctic. Her work incorporates physical, social, and policy science to uniquely answer some of the region’s most pressing questions as climate change has caused the Arctic to become more accessible to tourism trade, transport, and resource development– bringing with it challenges related to safety and security as well as environmental and socio-cultural impacts. Her applied approach to research has her working directly with government, Inuit organizations, northern communities, environmental NGO’s and private sector organizations to collectively establish innovative and effective policy responses to climate, environmental, and socio-economic change across the region. Her partnerships ensure her research is directly relevant to stakeholders and that study findings are taken up within policy and planning exercises. Dawson will serve a 5-year term as a member of the GYA. She is a tier II Canada Research Chair and was also recently the recipient of an Ontario Early Research Award (2015) and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society (2015).

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