Chanda L. Meek
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Dr. Chanda Meek is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) specializing in environmental and marine policy. She has worked with and researched policy options for community-based resource management (especially involving Indigenous-State relations) and collaborative management since the mid-1990s and now teaches courses related to government and politics in Canada, the Arctic, Indigenous nations and research design for graduate students and undergraduate students at UAF. Within the SESMAD group, she is working to map the dynamics underlying the success of institutions for governing the atmospheric commons like the Montreal Protocol, migratory species, and other types of institutions. Besides the SESMAD project, Chanda is also involved in other Resilience Alliance-affiliated projected involving resilience and the science-policy interface, an international comparison of co-management, and an appraisal of resilience concepts. She has recently begun collaborating with disaster scholars to look at the access of marginalized groups to the policy process after large-scale disasters. In her Arctic research, she is currently collaborating with the Bristol Bay Native Association on a project mapping Indigenous knowledge for marine planning processes. She is also supervising graduate students investigating the role of informal institutions in Arctic ocean governance.