Gita J. Ljubicic (née Laidler)
Inuit ecological knowledge; Cross-cultural collaborative research methodologies and ethics; Linking Inuit and scientific knowledge in decision-making
|Degrees:||Honours B.E.S. (York), M.Sc. (Queen’s) Ph.D. (Toronto)|
I have been working in northern Canada since 1998 after first being introduced to northern research through Labrador field work as an undergraduate research assistant at York University. Fascinated by the remote sensing perspective, I pursued my M.Sc. in Geography at Queen’s University focused on tundra vegetation studies using multiple sensor types and resolutions. My 2001 field research was based out of Taloyoak, Nunavut, with two months of camping on Boothia Peninsula to conduct ground truthing. After this summer on the tundra I was hooked on the Arctic! However, in continuing to a Ph.D. my research focus shifted to cultural and environmental geography with emphasis on collaborative research with Inuit communities. My doctoral research sought to characterize the local importance of sea ice processes, use, and change based on Inuit expertise, and in so doing to provide points of intersection with scientific sea ice monitoring and investigations. This research involved close collaborations with the Nunavut communities of Pangnirtung, Cape Dorset, and Igloolik beginning in 2003 and expanding into broader aspects of remote sensing, data management, and northern education through the International Polar Year until 2011. More recent project partnerships have evolved in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut with an emphasis on Elder-youth land camps to learn about caribou in the region (2009 – 2015) and in Makkovik, Nunatsiavut (northern Labrador) to learn about the reciprocal relationships of people and plants (2012 – 2015).
With increasing national and international interest in the effects of climate change on arctic environments and people (and related global climate feedbacks), political implications of circumpolar access and control, socio-economic challenges experienced in remote communities, and ongoing struggles for Aboriginal rights and cultural vitality, I am committed to undertaking research that addresses northern needs and interests through the coupling of social and environmental research. I am also interested in exploring the utility and applicability of collaborative research approaches within a range of potential topics, to address local concerns in other Aboriginal or local expert groups in southern Canadian or even developing nation contexts.
• Inuit knowledge of arctic environments
• relationships between language, knowledge, and use of northern environments
• geomatics and multi-media tools to represent dynamic knowledge and environmental systems
• sea ice and marine environments
• human dimensions of environmental change
• cross-cultural, collaborative, research methods
• linking Inuit and scientific knowledge in a complementary manner
• northern content and contributions in education materials and programs
Nymand Larsen, J. and Anisimov, O. A. (Lead Chapter Authors) 2014. Chapter 28: Polar Regions. Ljubicic, G. J. among the Contributing Chapter Authors. In: Field, C., Barros, V., Mach, K., and Mastrandrea, M. (Coordinating Lead Report Authors). Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Working Group II Contribution to the IPCC 5th Assessment Report – Changes to the Underlying Scientific/Technical Assessment. 71pp.
Ljubicic, G. J., Pulsifer, P. L., Hayes, A., and Taylor, D. R. F. 2014. The Creation of the Inuit siku (Sea Ice) Atlas. In: Taylor, D. R. F. and Lauriault, T. P. (eds.). Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography: Applications and Indigenous Mapping (2nd Edition). Elsevier Science, 201-218.
Taylor, D. R. F., Cowan, C., Ljubicic, G. J., and Sullivan, C., 2014. Cybercartography for Education: The Application of Cybercartography to Teaching and Learning in Nunavut, Canada. In: Taylor, D. R. F. and Lauriault, T. P. (eds.). Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography: Applications and Indigenous Mapping (2nd Edition). Elsevier Science, 297-324.
Di Leo Browne, T. and Ljubicic, G. J. 2014. Considerations for Informed Consent in the Context of Online, Interactive, Atlas Creation. In: Taylor, D. R. F. and Lauriault, T. P. (eds.). Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography: Applications and Indigenous Mapping (2nd Edition). Elsevier Science, 263-278.
Laidler, G. J., and Petrov, A. N. 2013. The North: Balancing Tradition and Change. In: Tremblay, R. and Chicoine, H. (eds.). The Geographies of Canada. Bruxelles: Peter Lang. pp. 393-452.
Kelley, K. A., and Ljubicic, G. J. 2012. Policies and practicalities of shipping in arctic waters: Inuit perspectives from Cape Dorset, Nunavut. Polar Geography, 31, 1: 19-49.
Grimwood, B. S. R., Doubleday, N. C., Ljubicic, G. J., Donaldson, S. G., and Blangy, S. 2012. Engaged acclimatization: Towards responsible community-based participatory research in Nunavut. The Canadian Geographer: DOI: 10.1111/j.1541-0064.2012.00416.x.
Laidler, G. 2012. Societal Aspects of Changing Cold Environments. In: French, H., and Slaymaker, O. (eds.) Changing Cold Environments: A Canadian Perspective. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 267-300.
Laidler, G. J., Hirose, T., Kapfer, M., Ikummaq, T., Joamie, E., and Elee, P. 2011. Evaluating the Floe Edge Service: How well can SAR imagery address Inuit community concerns around sea ice change and travel safety? The Canadian Geographer, 55, 1: 91-107.
Pulsifer, P. L., Laidler, G. J., Taylor, D. R. F., and Hayes, A. 2011. Towards an Indigenist Data Management Program: Reflections on Experiences Developing an Atlas of Sea Ice Knowledge and Use. The Canadian Geographer, 55, 1: 108-124.
Laidler, G. J., Elee, P., Ikummaq, T., Joamie, E., and Aporta, C. 2010. Mapping Sea-Ice Knowledge, Use, and Change in Nunavut, Canada (Cape Dorset, Igloolik, Pangnirtung). In: Krupnik, I., Aporta, C., Gearheard, S., Laidler, G. J., and Kielsen-Holm, L. (eds.). SIKU: Knowing Our Ice, Documenting Inuit Sea-Ice Knowledge and Use. Dordrecht: Springer. pp. 45-80.
Pulsifer, P. L., Laidler, G. J., Taylor, D. R. F., and Hayes, A. 2010. Creating an Online Cybercartographic Atlas of Inuit Sea Ice Knowledge and Use. In: Krupnik, I., Aporta, C., Gearheard, S., Laidler, G. J., and Kielsen-Holm, L. (eds.). SIKU: Knowing Our Ice, Documenting Inuit Sea-Ice Knowledge and Use. Dordrecht: Springer. 229-254.
Krupnik, I., Aporta, C., Gearheard, S., Laidler, G. J., and Kielsen-Holm, L. (eds.). 2010 SIKU: Knowing Our Ice, Documenting Inuit Sea-Ice Knowledge and Use. Dordrecht: Springer.
Laidler, G. J., Ford, J., Gough, W. A., Ikummaq, I., Gagnon, A., Kowal, S., Qrunnut, K., and Irngaut, C. 2009. Travelling and hunting in a changing arctic: Assessing Inuit vulnerability to sea ice change in Igloolik, Nunavut. Climatic Change, 94: 363-397.
Pearce, T., Ford, J., Laidler, G., Smit, B., Duerden, F., Allarut, M., Andrachuk, M., Baryluk, S., Dialla, A., Elee, P., Goose, A., Ikummaq, T., Joamie, E., Kataoyak, F., Loring, E., Meakin, S., Nickels, S., Scott, A., Shappa, K., Shirley, J., and Wandel, J. 2009. Community Collaboration and Climate Change Research in the Canadian Arctic. Polar Research, 28: 10-27.
Ford, J. D., Gough, W. A., Laidler, G. J., MacDonald, J., Irngaut, C., and Qrunnut, K. 2009. Sea ice, climate change, and community vulnerability in northern Foxe Basin, Canada. Climate Research. 38: 137-154.
Arctic Institute of North America
Canadian Association of Geographers
Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre
International Arctic Social Sciences Association
Ontario Early Researcher Award (2014)
Carleton University Research Achievement Award (2013)
SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2013-2015)
SSHRC Standard Research Grant (2011-2014)
SSHRC Research Development Grant (2009-2011)
International Polar Year Training/Communication/Outreach Grant (2008-2011)
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2007/08)
CAG Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Award (2007)
CAG Robin P. Armstrong Memorial Prize in Native Studies (2007)
For information on current students, research projects, and communication materials, please visit my website: www.straightupnorth.ca.