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Bryan Grimwood Ph.D.


Graduated from Carleton University with PhD in 2011

Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo

I was born in Sarnia, ON, at the southern point of Lake Huron and the mouth of the St. Clair River and now living with my spouse, Kate, and daughter, Edyn, in Cambridge, ON. Following a Master of Arts degree (2005) in Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University and full-time professional work in the field of outdoor education, I began my PhD in geography at Carleton University in 2007. Informed by geographical understandings of ethics and responsibility, this doctoral research involved working with tourists and inhabitants of the Thelon River watershed in Arctic Canada to document and dialogue knowledges related to nature-based travel, learning, and experience. This multi-dimensional case study was guided by three central objectives emphasized in all of my research activities:

  1. 1.To develop collaborative and responsible research partnerships with communities (e.g., with Inuit living in Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake, Nunavut) or river tourists)

  2. 2.To share knowledge about special and changing places within and between cultural groups (e.g., Inuit, tourists, and research communities) through interactive, experiential, and on-the-land encounters

  3. 3.To use this dialoguing of knowledges to cultivate enhanced social-ecological responsibility and place-based understanding.

While studying at Carleton, I was thrilled to assist Dr. Gita Laidler and community partners in Rankin Inlet and Gjoa Haven, as part of the "Qanuittumik takuvit?" research team. My contributions to this project compliment involvement in an IPY project lead by Dr. Nancy Doubleday. As a new northern researcher, these community-based research activities have contributed to my immersion, learning, and relationships within all three Nunavut regions. Since October 2011, I have been working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo. In taking on this new role, I look forward to continuing to build research relationships with individuals and institutions in Nunavut communities and other northern regions.

Contact Me:

Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue W.
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1

Phone: (519) 888-4567

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