Dr. Chris Southcott

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Academic Qualifications: 

Hon. B. Soc. Sc. , University of Ottawa, 1981
Diplôme de l’É.H.É.S.S., École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris., 1983
Doctorat de 3ième cycle, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Directeur de thèse : Edgar Morin, 1986

Date joined Lakehead: 
September, 1986
Previous Teaching/Work: 

2003 - Present       Full Professor, Lakehead University

2009 - Present       Adjunct Professor, Yukon College, Whitehorse, Yukon

2011 - Present       Principal Investigator, Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic

2011-  2014            Executive Member, International Arctic Social Science Association

2012 - 2015            Vice-Chair, Research Outreach Committee, University of the Arctic, and                                       Board of UArctic Research Office, Arkhangelsk, Russia

2013 – 2016           Steering Committee Member, International Conference on Arctic Research                                  Planning III (ICARP III), Potsdam, Germany and Tokyo, Japan

2009- 2012             Lead, Knowledge and Dialogue, University of the Arctic

2009- 2010             Chercheur invité, LAMES, CNRS, France

2006- 2012             Principal Investigator and Chair, Social Economy Research Network for                                      Northern Canada, Yukon College

2006- 2009            Research Associate, Northern Research Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon

2005- 2012            Chair, Research Outreach Program Team, University of the Arctic

2003- 2012            Chair, Canadian Circumpolar Mobility Consortium

2002- 2003            Chercheur invité, LAMES, CNRS, France        

2000 -2001            Guest Professor, Shotoku Gakuen University, Gifu, Japan

1995- 1996            Professeur invité, Université Aix-Marseille 1

1993- 2003            Associate Professor, Lakehead University

1986 -1993            Assistant Professor, Lakehead University


Research Interests: 

Chris Southcott has been involved in community-based research in the circumpolar north for over 30 years. During these years he has published over 120 scientific reports, books, book chapters, and articles dealing with social and economic change in Northern Canada and the rest of the circumpolar world.  Over the past 18 years he has successfully led a number of major Canadian and international research initiatives dealing with social and economic development in northern regions.  These include organizing international curriculum, international mobility, and research outreach for the University of the Arctic, and establishing the Social Economy Research Network for Northern Canada. Currently he is the Principal Investigator for an international project, Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic (ReSDA), with base funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Major Collaborative Research Initiatives program.  Its mandate is to develop ways to ensure that a larger share of resource development benefits stay in the region with fewer negative impacts to communities.

In the News:

October 5, 2012

Lakehead Professor Hosts Prince Albert II of...

Lakehead University sociology professor Dr. Chris Southcott recently hosted Prince Albert II of...


February 25, 2011

Lakehead Researchers Receive $2.5 Million in...

Lakehead researchers, led by Dr. Chris Southcott, have received $2.5 million from the Social...