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Emilie Cameron

Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

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

Sabbatical: January 2021 – December 2021


My primary research interest is in critical northern geographies. Most recently I have been focusing on mineral exploration and mine development in the Canadian Arctic, examining how mining interweaves with comprehensive land claim agreements, environmental assessment institutions, self-determination movements, and histories of colonial knowledge production. Working with partners at the University of British Columbia and Memorial University, I’m part of a larger project examining the ways in which industrial mineral economies have transformed social, environmental, economic, and cultural geographies in the Canadian North. I have a longstanding interest in non-Inuit knowledge production, including the geographies of northern social science research and the broader material effects of storying the North. My doctoral research, forthcoming as a book with UBC Press, examined the ways in which stories have materially shaped Qablunaaq (non-Inuit) relations with the Arctic. The book aims to make sense of how shifting geographies of capital, resources, governance, climate, and political mobilization in the contemporary Arctic are made sensible, legible, and political through stories.

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


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, CanadaAnnals 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 StorytellingProgress 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 ArcticGlobal 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 CanadaInternational 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 StoriesCultural Geographies, 15(3): 383-393.

Cameron, Emilie. 2008. Life Going OnThe Walrus Magazine. April 2008.

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