- Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
- Vulnerability and Adaptation Theory and Practice
- Indigenous Cultures and Traditional Knowledge
- Inuit and Arctic Studies
- Tourism and the Environment
- Ethnographic Research Methods
- human dimensions of global environmental change
- vulnerability and adaptation to theory and practice
- Indigenous cultures and traditional knowledge
- Inuit and Arctic studies
- tourism and the environment
- ethnographic research methods
Dr Tristan Pearce is a Research Fellow in Geography with the Sustainability Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Geography at the University of Guelph, Canada. His research focuses on the human dimensions of global environmental change, in particular the vulnerability and adaptation of communities and socio-ecological systems to climate change. He is currently working on these issues in partnership with Indigenous communities in the Canadian Arctic, Pacific Islands, and Australia. In particular, he has long-term research relationships with Inuit communities in the Canadian Arctic that span over ten years. Tristan takes a grassroots, ethnographic approach to research, which emphasises the importance of studying first hand what people do and say in particular contexts. He is the author of over 30 publications in high-ranking peer-reviewed academic journals (e.g. Human Ecology, Global Environmental Change, Regional Environmental Change), several book chapters, and government and industry reports including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Prior to joining the Sustainability Research Centre at USC he completed his Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Guelph. Tristan is from Prince George, British Columbia, Canada.
- Vice-Chancellor and President's Awards for Excellence, University of the Sunshine Coast, 2015: Excellence in Research – Early Career Researcher
Current HDR and Honours students
- Rachelle Wilson, Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of the Sunshine Coast: Thesis – Indigenous land management on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
- Linnaea Jasiuk, Master of Arts (Geography), University of Guelph: Thesis – Inuit women's conceptualizations of, and approaches to, health in a changing climate
- Colleen Parker, Master of Science (Geography), University of Guelph: Thesis – Vulnerability of an Inuit food system to climate and socioeconomic change
- Genevieve Lalonde, Master of Arts (Geography), University of Guelph: Thesis – Cultural negotiation of Inuit education 2013–2015
- Evelyn Rodriguez Mejia, Master of Arts, University of the Sunshine Coast: Thesis – Is Australia adapting to climate change?
Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students
- adaptation to climate change
- Indigenous knowledge and the environment
- food security
- human–environment interactions — specifically in Australia and the Artic
You can also view Tristan's research publications at:
Tristan's top 5 research publications
Pearce T, Ford J, Cunsolo Willox, A and Smit B (2015). Inuit Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), subsistence hunting and adaptation to climate change in the Canadian Arctic. Arctic, 68(2).
Pearce T, Wright H, Notaina R, Kudlak A, Smit B, Ford J and Furgal C (2011) Transmission of environmental knowledge and land skills among Inuit men in Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories and adaptation to climate change. Human Ecology, 39: 271–288.
Pearce T, Ford J, Prno J, Duerden F, Pittman J, Beaumier M, Berrang-Ford L and Smit B (2011) Climate change and mining in Canada. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 16(3): 347–368.
Pearce T, Smit B, Duerden F, Ford J, Goose A and Kataoyak F (2010) Inuit vulnerability and adaptive capacity to climate change in Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories, Canada. Polar Record. 46(237): 157–177.
Pearce T, Ford J, Laidler G, Smit B, Duerden F, Allarut M, Andrachuk M, Baryluk S, Dialla A, Elee P, Goose A, Ikummaq T, Inuktalik R, Joamie E, Kataoyak F, Loring E, Meakin S, Nickels S, Scott A, Shappa K, Shirley J and Wandel J (2009) Community research collaboration in the Canadian Arctic. Polar Research, 28: 10–27.
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|Project name||Investigators||Funding body||Year|
|Vulnerability and resilience to climate change in the Canadian Arctic (VaRCCA)||Dr James Ford, Dr Tristan Pearce, Dr Bill Gough, Dr Christopher Furgal||Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) (C$500,000)||2014–2019|
|Community vulnerability, resilience and adaptation to climate change in the Canadian Arctic||Dr Tristan Pearce, Dr James Ford, Dr Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, Dr Bill Gough||ArticNet (Network Centre of Excellence, Canada) (C$387,484)||2015–2018|
|Knowledge co-production for the identification and selection of ecological, social, and economic indicators for the Beaufort Sea||Dr Tristan Pearce, Dr Lisa Loseto, Dr Rashid Sumaila||ArticNet (Network Centre of Excellence, Canada) (C$291,086)||2015–2018|
|TUMIVUT: Tracks of our ancestors towards a healthy future||Dr Tristan Pearce||Health Canada, Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program for Northern First Nations and Inuit Communities (C$140,321)||2014–2015|
|Inuit traditional knowledge for adapting to the health effects of climate change (IK-ADAPT).||Dr James Ford, Dr Tristan Pearce, Dr Christopher Furgal, Dr Victoria Edge, Dr Ian Mauro, Susan Chatwood, Sharilee Harper||Health Canada and the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) (C$1.2m)||2012–2015|
|Nunamin Illihakvia: Learning from the land||Dr Tristan Pearce||Health Canada, Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program for Northern First Nations and Inuit Communities (C$135,920)||2013–2014|
|Food security and climate change in Funafuti, Tuvalu||Dr Tristan Pearce, Sandra McCubbin, Dr James Ford||Collaborative Research Network Seed Funding grant||2012–2014|
|Transmission of environmental land knowledge and land skills among Inuit men||Dr Tristan Pearce||Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)||2009–2012|
|Adaptation planning for climate change in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (Artic Canada)||Dr Tristan Pearce and Dr James Ford||Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)||2009–2011|
|Literature review and gap analysis of what we know and don't know about climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (Artic Canada)||Dr Tristan Pearce and Dr James Ford||Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)||2008–2009|
|Climate change and the Canadian mining sector||Dr Tristan Pearce and Dr James Ford||ArticNorth Consulting and the David Suzuki Foundation||2008–2009|
|Community vulnerability, Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Canadian Arctic||Dr Tristan Pearce, Dr James Ford, Dr Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, Dr Bill Gough||ArcticNet (Network Centre for Excellence, Canada) ($387,484)||
|Knowledge Co-Production for the Identification and Selection of Ecological, Social and Economic Indicators for the Beaufort Sea||Dr Tristan Pearce, Dr Lisa Loseto, Dr Rashid Sumaila||ArcticNet (Network Centre for Excellence, Canada) ($291,086)||