Research model

Knowledge exchange, two-way training, community engagement, and scientific excellence

Our research model

Our four-level research model explores sustainable and inclusive solutions to impacts on marine resource utilization, livelihoods, and food security. We want to ensure that this is done in a way that values knowledge exchange, two-way training, and community engagement, with the same precision and vigor as the excellent science produced. Our scientific model therefore incorporates some necessary extra steps in the scientific process, while ensuring a path towards Inuit self-determination.

Interactive research model

The four levels of our research model addresses the need to (A) develop empirical understanding of dynamic coastal systems and (B) plan for changes in these dynamics through (C) knowledge sharing and co-production.

Pragmatic Level
What can we do with what we learn?
invasive species, biodiversity hotspots, ecosystem functions
distribution & habitat shifts
Normative Level
What do we want to do with what we learn?
Develop designs for
spacial planning, resource monitoring, fisheries management
to inform
sustainable decision-making
Value Level
How do we do what we want to do respectfully?
Learn from
the knowledge co-production process
to combine
Inuit Knowledge, marine governance, western science
Empirical Level
What do we know and what do we need to ask?
On-ice and ocean monitoring
Coastal mapping & species migration
Predicting change
Evaluating knowledge co-production

Click on image below for a visual representation of the methods listed above that we use to tackle each level of inquiry.

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At the Pragmatic level we explore what we are capable of doing by learning from the science we conduct - predicting shifts in the distribution of species and habitats, invasive species, and hot and cold spots of biodiversity and ecosystem function.

At the Normative level, we explore what we want to do with this information, developing designs for spatial planning, resource use, fisheries management, and resource monitoring to enhance sustainability of ocean resources and offer insights into adaptive decision-making into the changing future.

The Value level explores how we will do what we would like to do, and how to do this in the most respectful and collaborative way. This will come from evaluations of the process and outcomes of knowledge co-production, involving marine science and Inuit knowledge, science governance, and relationship building.

The fourth level is the Empirical level, which adds structure to what we have and what we want to ask. Within this level, there are four areas of focus that encapsulate all knowledge production, providing structure to the data and methods required to achieve the objectives of our research model.

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