Masters Positions in Environmental Studies, associated with the Nunavut Research Institute and Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

We are seeking several students to undertake their Masters programs and research associated with examining both qualitative and quantitative measures of water security in the territory of Nunavut, starting in September 2018. This research is associated with the Water Security for Northern Peoples Project at the Nunavut Research Institute, Nunavut Arctic College, in collaboration with the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, The Department of Geography, Environment, and Geomatics, University of Ottawa, and the Department of Biology, Trent University.

The Project: The concept of water security continues to evolve with recent conceptions tending towards increased breadth and inclusiveness. Operationally, we conceptualize water quality, quantity, and sustainability as key areas of focus for water management, to promote and protect human health and well-being, socio-economic development, and environmental sustainability. The Water Security for Northern Peoples project bridges scientific and social dimensions of research to link quantitative measures of water quality and quantity with northern communities whom are at the forefront of environmental change. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to build and enhance the capacity of northerners to monitor and adapt to the effects of environmental change on freshwater resources. As such, there are many opportunities for research associated with this project, including the realms of water quality analysis, hydrologic water-balance modelling, paleoclimate reconstruction, policy and governance impact, sustainability and conservation, and Indigenous knowledge systems.

Candidate profiles: Background and interests in northern and Indigenous knowledge of the environment, vulnerability assessment, isotopic and biological indicators of water quality and quantity, quantitative methods, spatial analysis, engineering, and/or hydrology would be considered an asset. Successful candidates will be expected to develop a thesis, major paper or major project in this area, and to work with the Water Security for Northern Peoples project as Research Assistants. Candidates will have opportunities to participate in field-based research in the territory of Nunavut, and integrate their research at a broader circumpolar scale.


We are offering a comprehensive research funding package with a Research Assistantship of up to $10,000 in 2018-2019, on top of the minimum graduate funding of $11,000/year. Additional funding is available to support travel and logistics associated with research. Exact renumeration will depend on qualifications, experience, and any additional support the student may receive upon entry to the graduate program. Details of the base funding model for Masters Students at York University can be found at: .

Information on the Masters Program at FES can be found at For more information about the Ecological Footprint project see

For information on the Project and instructions on how to apply, interested applicants should contact:

Dr. Andrew S. Medeiros

Northern Research Fellow

Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University