I recently completed my Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies (political economy, social anthropology and sociology) at the University of New Brunswick on unceded Wəlastəkwiyik territory. I hold a regular teaching appointment with the Environment & Society program and School of Social Work at St. Thomas University. I also teach sociology courses at the University of New Brunswick.
My dissertation is entitled “‘No One Can Say the Karonsi’e Dongi Were Not Here’: A Photovoice Study of Gendered Resistance to Mining in Indonesia.” My research, grounded in feminist political economy and everyday resistance theory, sheds light on the gendered nature of everyday resistance to mining in Sorowako, Indonesia. I use photovoice, a participatory action research method, to uncover the complexities of the gendered nature of resistance to resource extraction.
I am currently conducting research for the Migrant Workers in the Canadian Maritimes research project and the Refugee Integration in South East Europe project. I recently conducted research for RAVEN – Rural Action and Voices of the Environment – a SSHRC-funded project at the University of New Brunswick. With RAVEN, I completed a photovoice study with rural environmental activists in New Brunswick. I plan to continue my photovoice research on gender, coal and resistance in communities of the Global South and Global North.
Co-author of the book, The Great Trees of New Brunswick, 2nd Edition (Goose Lane, 2019), I have published in the academic press on community forestry in New Brunswick and have several journal articles and chapters in press. I am also the author of a number of publications for non-governmental organizations such as the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, the Common Front for Social Justice and the NB Health Coalition.
My feminist participatory action research in Indonesia has been supported with a Harrison McCain Research Grant, the 2017 Dr. Nora Ni Chuiv CFUW Fredericton Graduate Scholarship and the 2017 Dr. Vicki Gray Graduate Memorial Scholarship. As a Gordon Global Fellow in 2009, I traveled to Guatemala to produce analysis on gender and mining in relation to the UN Millennium Development Goals related to gender.
As the forest campaigner at the Conservation Council of New Brunswick from 2006 to 2018, I worked on forestry policies, including community forestry and banning glyphosate spraying in forestry. My community service has been recognized with several awards in Fredericton, NB and St. John’s, NL, where I was a graduate student. Prior to my graduate work, in the early 2000s, I was a CUSO co-operant and international campaigner on mining, oil and gas with the Mining Advocacy Network (JATAM), based in Jakarta, Indonesia. I can speak Bahasa Indonesian and I am working on learning French and Spanish.