Chapters in Books

Heyes, S. and M. Dowsley. 2018. Practises and Processes of Place-Making in the Canadian Arctic. The Handbook of Contemporary Indigenous Architecture. Elizabeth Grant, Kelly Greenop, Albert Refiti and Daniel Glenn, Editors. Springer. Pp 283-299

Dowsley, M. 2009. Polar bear management in Nunavut and Nunavik. In: Freeman, M.M.R. and L. Foote (eds), Inuit, Polar Bears, and Sustainable Use: Local, National and International Perspectives, pp. 215-231.Edmonton AB: CCI Press.

Clark, D.A., M. Tyrrell, M. Dowsley, L. Foote, M.M.R. Freeman and S.G. Clark. 2009. Polar bears, climate change, and human dignity: Seeking integrative conservation policies. In: Freeman, M.M.R. and L. Foote (eds), Inuit, Polar Bears, and Sustainable Use: Local, National and International Perspectives, pp. 233-242.Edmonton AB: CCI Press.


Papers in Refereed Journals

Dowsley, M. and C. Southcott.  2017.  An initial exploration of whether ‘Female Flight’ is a demographic problem in Eastern Canadian Arctic Inuit communities. Polar Geography 40(1): 1-18. 

York, J., M. Dowsley, A. Cornwell, M. Kuc and M. Taylor. 2016. Demographic and Traditional Knowledge Perspectives on the Current Status of Canadian Polar Bear Subpopulations.  Ecology and Evolution 6(9):2897-2924.

Møller, H., M. Dowsley, P. Wakewich, L. Bishop, K. Burnett, and M. Churchill.2015. A qualitative assessment of factors in the uptake of midwifery among diverse populations in Thunder Bay, Ontario.  Canadian Journal of Midwifery Research and Practice 14(3): 14-20, 24-29.

Dowsley, M.  2015.Identity and the evolving relationship between Inuit women and the land in the eastern Canadian Arctic. Polar Record 51(5): 536-549.

Dowsley, M. 2014. Identity and the evolving relationship between Inuit women and the land in the eastern Canadian Arctic.  Polar Record 50(4).

Dowsley, M., R. H. Lemelin and Washaho First Nation at Fort Severn.  2013.  Developing community capacities through scenario planning for natural resource management: A case study of polar bears. Society and Natural Resources. 26(8): 977-986.

Meek, C.L., A. L. Lovecraft, R. Varjopuro, M. Dowsley and A.T. Dale.  2011. Adaptive governance and the human dimensions of marine mammal management: implications for policy in a changing North.  Marine Policy 35(4): 466–476.

Lemelin, R. H., M. Dowsley, B. Walmark, F. Siebel, L. Bird, G. Hunter, T. Myles, M. Mack, M. Gull, M. Kakekaspan, the Washaho Cree Nation at Fort Severn, and the Weenusk Cree Nation at Peawanuck. 2010.  Wabusk of the Omushkegouk: Cree-polar bear (Ursus maritimus) interactions in northern Ontario.  Human Ecology 38:803-815.

Dowsley, M. S. Gearheard, N. Johnson and J. Inksetter.  2010.  Should we turn the tent? Inuit women and climate change.  Etudes/Inuit/Studies 34(1):151-165.

Dowsley, M. 2010.  The value of a polar bear: Evaluating the role of a multiple use resource in the Nunavut mixed economy.  Arctic Anthropology 47(1):39-56.

Schmidt, J.J. and M. Dowsley. 2010. Hunting with polar bears: problems with the passive properties of the commons.  Human Ecology 38(3):377-387.

Dowsley, M. 2009. Inuit organized polar bear sport hunting in Nunavut Territory, Canada. Journal of Ecotourism 8 (2): 161-175.

Dowsley, M. 2009.  Community clusters in wildlife and environmental management: Using TEK and community involvement to improve management in an era of rapid environmental change.  Polar Research 28: 43-59.

Dowsley, M. and G. Wenzel. 2008.  “The time of the most polar bears”: a co-management conflict in Nunavut. Arctic 61(2): 77-89.

Dowsley, M.  2008. Developing multi-level institutions from top-down ancestors.  International Journal of the Commons 1(2): 55-74. URL:

Dowsley, M.  2007. Inuit Perspectives on Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus) and Climate Change in Baffin Bay, Nunavut, Canada. Research and Practice 2(2): 53-74. URL: 

Dowsley, M. and A. Cirtwill.  2004.  Two Great Black-backed Gulls, Larus marinus Kill Male Longtailed Duck, Clangula hyemalis.The Canadian Field-Naturalist 118(4): 604-605.


Papers in Refereed Conference Proceedings

Dowsley, M. and Schmidt, J.J. 2008. Hunting with Polar Bears: Questioning Assumptions of Passive Property . To be presented July 2008 at International Association for the Study of the Commons, (IASC). 12 th Bienniel Meeting: Governing Shared Resources: Connecting Local Experiences to Global Challenges. Cheltenham, U.K.

Dowsley, M. The Role of Regional Government in Sustainable Use of Common Pool Resources: The Case of Polar Bear Management. Presented at the International Association for the Study Of Common Property (IASCP). 11 th Bienniel Meeting: Survival of the Commons: Mounting Challenges and New Realities. June 19-23 2006, Bali Indonesia. Available on line: 2006.

Dowsley, M. Polar Bear as a Multiple Use Resource in Nunavut: Local Governance and Common Property Conflicts. Presented at the Northern Research Forum 3 rd Open Meeting: The Resilient North. September 15-18, 2004, Yellowknife, NWT. Available on line: 2005.

Wenzel, G.W. and M. Dowsley . Economic and cultural aspects of polar bear hunting in Nunavut, Canada. People, Wildlife and Hunting: Emerging Conservation Paradigms. Eds. M. Freeman and L. Foote. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press pp 37-45. 2005.


Technical Reports

Kakekaspan, M., T. Miles, R.H. Lemelin, M. Dowsley, M. Beaulieu, F. Siebel and B. Walmark. 2010.  Giving Voice to Bear: Cree Observations and Documentation of Wabusk in Ontario: Research Report. Submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources for development of the polar bear recovery strategy.

Taylor, M. and M. Dowsley. 2008.  Potential Impacts of a Proposed Flatland Harbor, Lake Superior Development on Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrines anatum/tundrius). Report Prepared for Ontario Municipal Hearings on the Neebing Official Plan OMB File No. O050129 (MAH File No. 58-OP-0103) with respect to Ontario Municipal Board Case No. PL050804. 41pp.

McLoughlin, P., M.K Taylor, and M. Dowsley. COSEWIC Assessment and Status Report on Polar Bear Ursus maritimus in Canada. 65pp. COSEWCI Secretariat, c/o Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada, Ottawa, ON K1A 0H3. 2008.

Dowsley, M. and M.K. Taylor. Community Consultations with Qikiqtarjuaq, Clyde River and Pond Inlet on Management Concerns for the Baffin Bay (BB) Polar Bear Population: a summary of Inuit knowledge and community consultations. Government of Nunavut, Department of Environment, Final Wildlife Report: 2, Iqaluit, 83pp. 2006.

Dowsley, M. and M.K. Taylor. Management Consultations for the Western Hudson Bay (WH) Polar Bear Population (01-02 December 2005 ). Government of Nunavut, Department of Environment, Final Wildlife Report:3, Iqaluit. 55pp. 2006.

Dowsley, M. Inuit Knowledge Regarding Climate Change and the Baffin Bay Polar Bear Population. Government of Nunavut , Department of Environment, Final Wildlife Report:1, Iqaluit. 43pp. 2005.



Dowsley, M.   2007. The Development of Multi-level Governance for the Management of Polar Bears in Nunavut Territory , Canada . McGill University, Department of Geography. Ph.D. Thesis.

Dowsley, M.  2001. The Development of a Framework for the Analysis of Multiple-Use Common Pool Resource Institutions among Indigenous Amazonians with Case Studies from the Kayapó and Yanomamo Peoples of Brazil . University of Toronto , Faculty of Forestry, unpublished Master's of Forest Conservation thesis.