University of Ottawa

Jackie Dawson


Dr. Jackie Dawson (PhD) is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Geomatics and holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in The Human and Policy Dimensions of Climate Change. She is also a Scientific Director of the Network of Centres of Excellence, ArcticNet. Dr. Dawson is an Applied Scientist working on the human and policy dimensions of environmental change in ocean and coastal regions and is considered an expert in Arctic shipping, Arctic tourism, and Arctic oceans governance. She is an elected fellow of the prestigious College of the Royal Society of Canada, the Global Young Academy and the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. She has won several research awards including Ontario Early Career Researcher award, the Faculty of Arts Young Researcher of the Year award, and the University of Ottawa Young Research of the Year Award. She has served as an invited expert on two Canadian Council of Academies (CCA) Expert Panels and now serves on the CCA Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr. Dawson is also currently serving on the United Nations Decade of Oceans Science (2021-2030) Arctic Task Force. From 2015-18, she served as the co-chair of the World Meteorological Organization’s Social and Economics Research Applications working group and continues to participate as a committee member. In 2018 she was selected by the Minister of Science and the Royal Society of Canada to lead the drafting of the G7 science statement on Arctic oceans and resilient communities, which was signed by the academic academies of all G7 nations. She served as an invited Contributing Author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Oceans and the Cryosphere and as an invited Lead Author on the IPCC 6th Assessment report. She also acted as an invited lead author on Arctic Council’s report ‘Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic’, and continues to contribute to several Arctic Council working groups.