Northern Spaces: Resource Governance in Southern Northwest Territories

Regions: North Slave Region, South Slave Region

Tags: social sciences, governance, socio-economics, resource management

Principal Investigator: Cohen, Alice (3)
Licence Number: 15485
Organization: Acadia University
Licensed Year(s): 2016 2015 2014
Issued: Jun 16, 2014
Project Team: Alice Cohen (Researcher, Acadia)

Objective(s): To highlight the specifically northern dimensions of resource governance in environmental geography and contribute to ongoing resource governance development in southern NWT.

Project Description: This application is for a two-week research trip that is the beginning of broader research program. The goals of this broader program are to a) highlight the specifically northern dimensions of resource governance in environmental geography and b) contribute to ongoing resource governance development in southern NWT, c) further geographic (and, specifically, scalar) scholarship on the political dimensions of ecosystem governance, d) understand and theorize the relationship(s) between ecosystem governance and political and scientific uncertainty.

The Principal Investigator anticipates carrying out a total of approximately 15 interviews. Interviewees will be identified through snowball sampling methods, facilitated by contacts that were made during a December 2013 research trip. Interviewees will consist of government employees: In Yellowknife, NWT government employees will be interviewed, and in Fort Resolution, Akaitcho Territory Government employees will be interviewed.

Potential interviewees will be contacted by email in May 2014. If they are amenable to participating, an interview will be set up at a time and location convenient for them. Interviews are expected to take place during normal work hours in participants’ offices. Interviews will be semi-structured, and will last approximately one hour. The interviews will be recorded, and will be transcribed by a research assistant. The assistant will be made aware of confidentiality issues. The purpose of the interviews is not to collect quantitative data; it is to give the Principal Investigator a sense of the current legislative, political, and economic landscape as per the research questions identified above. As such, data analysis will consist of seeking trends across interviews.

This application is for a short research trip that aims to lay the foundation for future work. As a result, local involvement at this stage is limited to meetings and interviews that will allow the Principal Investigator to better understand the environmental governance 'landscape' in the Territory and to identify local research priorities. As the project progresses, it is anticipated that opportunities for local involvement will include hosting workshops, participatory mapping, and data collection.

Any publications (academic or otherwise) arising from the research will be shared with those participating in the interviews, and ongoing contact with individuals interested in ongoing collaboration is anticipated.

As the project advances in future years, the Principal Investigator anticipates co-hosting workshops, giving community presentations, and establishing a project website.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from June 15, 2014 to December 31, 2014.