Research associate, PhD student

Erin AlexiukErin has an academic background in social-ecological resilience, critical indigenist methodologies, and social innovation. Through her PhD research, Erin aims to explore links between transformative learning theory and emerging literature on unsettling settler colonial society as a way to foster greater equity and sustainability in Canadian resource planning and management.

Prior to her graduate research, Erin travelled to Ellesmere Island, Nunavut to participate in the International Tundra Experiment, worked on the boreal caribou consultation process for Environment Canada’s recovery strategy, and studied intercultural approaches to resource management on Haida Gwaii with the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society. This work gave Erin first hand experience into the challenges ahead in achieving intercultural understanding and fostered her interest in studying Indigenous-settler relationships in Canada.

Research interests

Erin’s main research interests include:

·         Critical indigenist methodologies

·         Social innovation

·         Social-ecological system resilience

·         Indigenous-settler relationships in Canada



Environmental Science, University of British Columbia, Canada


Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo, Canada


In progress (matriculated July 2013), University of Waterloo, Canada


Viswanathan, L., McLeod, F., King, C., Macbeth, J. and Alexiuk, E. (2013). “Are we there yet?”: Making inroads to decolonize planning knowledge and practices in Southern Ontario. PLAN Canada, 53(2): 20-23.

Isogai, A.D., Alexiuk, E., Gardner, H., McCarthy, D., Edwards, V., Tsuji, L.J.S., and Spiegelaar, N.  (forthcoming). Sustaining a Local Food Security Initiative in a Remote Sub-Arctic Community. International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context.

McCarthy, D., Millen, M., Boyden, M., Alexiuk, E., Whitelaw, G., Viswanathan, L. and Westley, F. (forthcoming). A First Nations-led Social Innovation: A Moose, a Gold Mining Company and a Policy Window. Ecology and Society.

Alexiuk, E., McCarthy, D., King, C., Macbeth, J., Whitelaw, G., Viswanathan, L. (2013, submitted). A Critical Indigenist Approach to Social Innovation: Building Municipal-Indigenous Relations in Southern Ontario, Canada. Ecology and Society.

Recent awards and honours

Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies

University of Waterloo

October 2013

Provost Doctoral Entrance Award for Women 

University of Waterloo

June 2013

J. Alan George Student Leadership Award

University of Waterloo

November 2013

J. Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Social Science and Humanities Research Council

May 2012-May 2013

President’s Graduate Scholarship

University of Waterloo

May 2012-May 2013

University of Waterloo

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