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Dr. Claudio Aporta
Professor, Canadian Chair
Marine Environmental Protection
World Maritime University (WMU),

I am an anthropologist by training, a professor at World Maritime University and an adjunct in the Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie University. Originally from Argentina, I obtained my PhD in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Alberta and did a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at Université Laval, before becoming a faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University, where I stayed until 2013.
I started my Arctic research in Igloolik (Nunavut) in 1998, and since then I have focused on documenting and understanding Inuit environmental and geographic knowledge across all the regions of the Canadian Arctic. My current projects include documenting Inuit mobility networks in Arctic Canada, exploring the impact of shipping in areas of significance to Inuit communities, and exploring the potential of geo-visualizations and marine spatial planning as processes that facilitate knowledge sharing and co-governance in cross-cultural contexts.
My work is at the crossroads of anthropology and geography, with a heavy reliance on participatory mapping as a methodological approach. I am also a faculty associate of the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre at Carleton University and I have developed several indigenous knowledge atlases involving partnerships with several organizations and communities.

Areas of Expertise:

Indigenous Land Use

Indigenous Geographic Knowledge

Cartographic Representations

Arctic Anthropology

Inuit and Sea Ice

Northwest Passage History

Marine Spatial Planning

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