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Philip A. Loring PhD Arrell Chair and Associate Professor, University of Guelph

Research Area(s)

  • Food systems and security
  • Fisheries
  • Local food movements
  • Environmental justice
  • Climatic and environmental change
  • Indigenous cultures

Academic Credentials

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Indigenous Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Master of Arts in Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (Philosophy and Classic Studies), Florida Atlantic University

Research Profile

I am an applied social scientist with interests in food systems and security, community sustainability, and social and environmental justice. In his research he collaborates with First Nations in Alaska, and Western and Arctic Canada on projects related to conflict, climate change adaptation, and social justice in coastal community food systems. I draw from a diverse set of tools and methods, including ethnography, film, and social network analysis. I serve on the research management committee for the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response network in Canada; the governance team of the Rural Policy Learning Commons; and am co-lead of the “Fish as Food” cluster for the Too Big to Ignore Network.

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Current Research

  • Sustainability and Change in Haida Gwaii
  • Risk, Resilience, and Innovation in Gulf Islands Food Systems
  • Rural Policy Learning commons: Building Rural Policy Through International Comparative Analysis

Selected Publications

Huntington, H.P., Loring, P.A., Gannon, G., Gearheard, S., Gerlach, S.C., and Hamilton, L.C.  2017.  Staying in place during times of change in Arctic Alaska: The implications of attachment, alternatives, and buffering.  Regional Environmental Change. Online First: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-017-1221-6

Chan, M.N., Beaudreau, A.H., and Loring, P.A.  2017.  Evaluating Patterns and Drivers of Spatial Change in the Recreational Guided Fishing Sector in Alaska.  PLoS ONE, 12(6): e0179584. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0179584

Loring, P.A., Hinzman, M.S., and Neufeld, H.  2016.  Can People Be Sentinels of Sustainability? Exploring the Linkages among Ecosystem Health and Human Well-being.  Facets, 1: 148-162.  https://doi.org/10.1139/facets-2016-0022

Loring, P.A.  2017.  The Political Ecology of Gear Bans in Two Fisheries: Florida’s net ban and Alaska’s salmon wars.  Fish and Fisheries, 18(1): 94-104.  https://doi.org/10.1111/faf.12169

Loring, P.A.  2016.  Toward a Theory of Coexistence in Shared Social-ecological Systems: The case of Alaska’s Cook Inlet Salmon Fisheries.  Human Ecology, 44(2): 153-165.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10745-016-9806-0  

Loring, P.A. and Gerlach, S.C.  2015.  Searching for Progress on Food Security in the North American North: A Research Synthesis and Meta-analysis of the Peer-review Literature.  Arctic, 68(3):380-392.  http://www.jstor.org/stable/43872256

Loring, P.A., Harrison, H.L., and Gerlach. S.C.  2014.  Local Perceptions of the Sustainability of Alaska’s Cook Inlet Salmon Fisheries.  Society and Natural Resources, 27(2): 185-199.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2013.819955

Loring P.A. and Harrison, H.L..  2013.  "That’s what opening day is for:" Social and cultural dimensions of (not) fishing in Alaska’s Cook Inlet salmon fisheries. Maritime Studies, 12(12): 1-19.  https://doi.org/10.1186/2212-9790-12-12

Loring, P.A. and Gerlach S.C.  2009.  Food, Culture, and Human Health in Alaska: An integrative health approach to food security. Environmental Science and Policy, 12(4):466-478.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2008.10.006

Courses Taught

  • ENVS201 - Foundations of Sustainability
  • ENVS401 - Sustainability in Action
  • ENVS807 - Sustainability in Theory and Practice