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Associate Professor Emilie Cameron

Critical northern geographies; Resource extraction, empire, and labour; Anti-colonialism, anti-racism, political economy

Degrees:BA (Hon) UBC; MA Royal Holloway, University of London; PhD Queen’s University
Phone:613-520-2600 x 6291
Office:Loeb A301E

Research Interests:

  • Critical northern geographies (including critical approaches to climate change, economic and social development, land claims, environmental assessment, health, and knowledge production)
  • Geographies of resource extraction, empire, and labour
  • Race, nature, and environmental knowledge
  • Geographies of Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations, colonialism, and Indigenous self-determination
  • Feminist, postcolonial, anti-racist, and political economic theories and approaches

2023-2024 Courses

  • GEOG 2300 Winter – Space, Place and Culture
  • GEOG 3501 Winter – Geographies of the Canadian North
  • GEOG 5600 Fall – Empire and Colonialism


Cameron, E. and S. Kennedy. 2023. Can Environmental Assessment Protect Caribou? Analysis of EA in Nunavut, Canada, 1999-2019, Conservation and Society 21 (2): 121-132. Open access.

Price, J., R. Mearns and E. Cameron. 2023. (Re)storying From Within: Renewing Relationships Beyond the Shadows of Polar History. In P. Roberts and A. Howkins (eds), Cambridge History of the Polar Regions, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Cameron, E. 2022. The Contours of Colonialism, response to A Bounded Land by Cole Harris, Progress in Human Geography, 46 (4): 1117-1128.

Cameron, E. 2019. Response to In The Long Run We Are All Dead: Keynesianism, Political Economy, and Revolution by Geoff Mann, Society and Space.

Cameron, E. 2017. Scaling Arctic Climate Change. In S. Bocking and B. Martin (eds), Ice Blink: Navigating Northern Environmental History, University of Calgary Press, 465-495.

Cameron, E. 2016. Response to book review forum, Far Off Metal River (reviewed by Geraldine Pratt, Sarah Hunt, Bruce Braun, Gavin Bridge, and Emily Gilbert), AAG Review of Books 4 (2): 107-110.

Gabel, C.  and E. Cameron. 2016. The Community Readiness Initiative in Kugluktuk, Nunavut: The Challenge of Adapting an Indigenous Community-Based Participatory Framework to a Multi-Stakeholder, Government-Designed Project Environment, Engaged Scholar Journal, 2 (1): 89-108.

Cameron, Emilie. (2015). Far Off Metal River: Inuit Lands, Settler Stories, and the Making of the Contemporary Arctic. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Cameron, Emilie, Rebecca Mearns, and Janet Tamalik McGrath. 2015. Translating Climate Change: Adaptation, Resilience, and Climate Politics in Nunavut, Canada, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 105 (1),

Cameron, Emilie and Tyler Levitan. 2014. Impact and Benefit Agreements and the Neoliberalization of Indigenous-State Relations and Resource Governance in Northern CanadaStudies in Political Economy, 93: 29-56.

Cameron, Emilie, Sarah de Leeuw, and Caroline Desbiens. 2014. Indigeneity and Ontology, Cultural Geographies 21 (1): 19-26.

Cameron, Emilie. 2012. New Geographies of Story and Storytelling, Progress in Human Geography, 36 (5): 572-591.

Cameron, Emilie. 2012. Securing Indigenous politics: a critique of the vulnerability and adaptation approach to the human dimensions of climate change in the Canadian Arctic, Global Environmental Change 22 (1): 103-114.

de Leeuw, Sarah, Emilie Cameron, and Margo Greenwood. 2012. Participatory and Community-Based Research, Indigenous Geographies, and the Spaces of Friendship: A Critical Engagement, The Canadian Geographer, 56(2): 180-194.

Cameron, Emilie. 2011. Reconciliation with Indigenous Ghosts: On the Politics of Postcolonial Ghost Stories. In May Chazan et al (eds.) Unsettling Multiculturalism: Lands, Labours, Bodies. Toronto: Between the Lines Press, 142-154.

Cameron, Emilie. 2011. Copper Stories: Imaginative Geographies and Material Orderings of the Central Canadian Arctic. In A. Baldwin, L. Cameron, and A. Kobayashi (eds.) Rethinking the Great White North: Race, Nature and the Historical Geographies of Whiteness in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press, 169-190.

de Leeuw, Sarah, Audrey Kobayashi, and Emilie Cameron. 2011. Difference. In V. Del Casino, R. Panelli, P. Cloke, and M. Thomas (eds) Blackwell Companion to Social Geography. Oxford: Blackwell, 17-37.

de Leeuw, Sarah, Margo Greenwood and Emilie Cameron. 2010. Deviant Constructions: How Governments Preserve Colonial Narratives of Violence and Mental Health to Intervene into the Lives of Indigenous Children and Families in Canada. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 8 (2): 282-295.

Cameron, Emilie. 2010. State of the Knowledge: Inuit Public Health. Prince George, BC: National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health

Cameron, Emilie, Sarah de Leeuw and Margo Greenwood. 2009. “Indigeneity”. In R. Kitchin and N. Thrift (eds.), International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. 5th Edition. London: Elsevier, pp 352-357.

Cameron, Emilie. 2009. Summer Stories: (Re)Ordering the Canadian Arctic, Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, 41 (1): 207-210.

Cameron, Emilie. 2009. ‘To Mourn’: Emotional Geographies and Natural Histories in the Canadian Arctic. In L. Bondi, L. Cameron, J. Davidson and M. Smith (eds.) Emotion, Place, and Culture. London: Ashgate, pp 163-186.

Cameron, Emilie. 2008. Senecio lugens in K. Yusoff (ed.) Bipolar. London: Arts Catalyst, pp. 104-105.

Cameron, Emilie. 2008. Indigenous Spectrality and the Politics of Postcolonial Ghost Stories. Cultural Geographies, 15(3): 383-393.

Cameron, Emilie. 2008. Life Going On. The Walrus Magazine. April 2008.

Cameron, Emilie. 2007. Exhibit and Point of Sale: Negotiating Commerce and Culture at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Social and Cultural Geography, 8 (4): 551-573.