PhD position:Human dimensions of marine ecosystem-based management in Nunatsiavut


Need | We are seeking a highly qualified and ambitious candidate interested in pursuing a PhD in marine socio-economics. The successful candidate will contribute to work of the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI,, and be housed within Module E: Ecosystem Indicators. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of contributing to safe, sustainable, and societally relevant ocean development. Based at Dalhousie University, in Halifax Canada, the successful candidate will be supervised by Dr. Megan Bailey.


Rationale | Characterizing the human dimensions of marine ecosystems, specifically values and benefits from ecosystems, requires quantitative and qualitative social, economic, and cultural indicators. Yet, while experts clearly identify the need for this information to contribute to EBM decisions, few actually use them. Given this gap, our action research will develop and spatialize indicators of community values and uses to inform EBM and marine spatial planning in Nunatsiavut (Figure 1).

MapProject | We will use action research and participatory GIS mapping (PGIS) in pursuit of three objectives: 1) to identify spatially the values associated with

use of the ocean and coast of Nunatsiavut; 2) to develop SMART (smart, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-bound) socio- economic and cultural (SEC) indicators to measure the extent of current delivery of different values; and 3) to analyse the extent to which changes in indicator values may provide information on ways that the ocean and coast are accessed, and how that access will likely change in the future.

Figure 1. Project area of focus will be Nunatsiavut.

Qualifications | The ideal candidate will have a Masters

degree in fisheries management, marine management, environmental policy, or a related discipline. Experience in, and knowledge of, quantitative and qualitative social research methods is preferred, and previous experience using GIS, or collecting spatial data is an asset. Candidates should also have (i) the ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment, (ii) strong written and oral communication skills and (iii) experience conducting fieldwork.They will also have a demonstrated ability to work as a constructive and positive member of a team. We are particularly interested in recruitment of Inuit candidates, and will work with candidates to ensure their program of study and supervisory committee is supportive of their personal and professional backgrounds.

Compensation | Student stipend for three years has been secured, in the amount of $23,000 per year. Funding is through the Ocean Frontier Institute, with partnership support from the Torngat Wildlife, Plants and Fisheries Secretariat.

To apply | Interested applicants should send a CV and cover letter to Closing date for applications will be December 1. The selected candidate will apply through the IDPhD program at Dalhousie (

Images courtesy of Tourism Nunatsiavut and Nunatsiavut Government

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