As a child, Jackie Dawson developed a fascination with polar regions, mesmerized by their landscape and beauty. Her family introduced her to the stories of polar explorers like John Franklin, Roald Amundson and Ernest Shackleton, and a passion was born.
Now she is Dr. Dawson, PhD., the Canada Research Chair in Environment, Society and Policy and a professor in the department of Geography at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Arts, and she has been awarded the prestigious 2020 SSHRC Impact Connection Award for her work on the Arctic Corridors and Northern Voices project. The award is given to an individual or team whose project has engaged the campus and/or wider community, and has generated intellectual, cultural, social and/or economic impacts.
In her work, Dr. Dawson works closely with coastal communities affected by changing environmental and social conditions around the globe in Arctic Canada; New Zealand; Svalbard, Norway; Greenland; Hawaii; and the Caribbean.
Throughout her distinguished career, she has examined issues such as the human and policy elements of environmental change with a focus on Arctic oceans and maritime transportation.
We sat down with Professor Dawson to learn more about her and her award-winning Arctic Corridors project.