Chris Southcott, who has been involved in community-based research in the circumpolar north for more than 30 years, will share final results from his Resources and Sustainable Development (ReSDA) project, which looked at developing ways to ensure that a larger share of resource development benefits stay in the region, and what it means for communities in Northern Canada, Alaska and other Arctic regions at a lunchtime talk at ISER on Thursday, May 16 at noon.
While resource extraction remains a primary source of potential economic benefit for communities in Canada’s north, past experience has pointed to many negative impacts. There is some indication that the emergence of new relationships between communities, national governments, and industry, as seen in new land claim agreements, impact-benefit agreements, co-management boards and other tools, can help ensure more positive benefits.
Southcott is Principal Investigator for the Resources and Sustainable Development (ReSDA) project, which brought together researchers and community representatives to conduct and mobilize research aimed at the sustainable development of natural resources. The project’s mandate was to improve the well-being of northern communities while preserving the region’s unique environment.
Raised in Northern Canada, Southcott is a Professor of Sociology at Lakehead University. He has published over 120 scientific reports, books, book chapters, and articles dealing with social and economic change in Northern Canada and the rest of the circumpolar world. Over the past 18 years he has led several major Canadian and international research initiatives dealing with social and economic development in northern regions and played a leading role in research development for the University of the Arctic.