Barry Hunter

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PhD Topic

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Athabasca Denesuline and Land Use Planning in Northern Canada


Professional Background

Barry has over 25 years of professional experience working at the interface of the natural and social sciences. He seeks to understand and address environmental, economic, social, and indigenous injustices that impede the development of empowered individuals, strong communities and sustainable livelihoods. Barry provides technical expertise, leadership, and support within professional consultancy teams that undertake applied research; advocacy; engagement; policy analysis and development; as well as training and education initiatives. He works closely with individuals, elected leaders, indigenous peoples, communities, governments, industries and NGOs. Barry has experience in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America.   Barry holds a BScF (New Brunswick, Canada), an MSc Geography (Durham, UK), and is a Registered Professional Forester (AB, BC) and a member of the Royal Geographical Society.

Barry joined the Department of Geography as a part-time, remote location PhD Candidate in the fall of 2013. His research explores how the interests, objectives, and involvement of indigenous people in land and resource planning are impacted by claims for political autonomy; differing concepts, interests, and systems of land and natural resources management; significant power asymmetries; and diverse state responses.

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