Greg Poelzer

Greg Poelzer
University of Saskatchewan | U of S · International Centre for Northern Governance and Development

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July 2003 - March 2015
University of Northern British Columbia
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  • Executive Chair, ICNGD

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Publications (25)
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Following its growing popularity in practice, social scientists have turned their attention to a greater understanding of community energy (CE). Beginning with Walker and Devine-Wright's 2008 framework, researchers have consistently been critical about the use of the term – especially when doing so to further powerful, non-local interests. Unpackin...
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The transition from fossil-fuel based power generation to renewable energy is well underway; however, this transition is highly uneven and not all regions and communities are engaging equally. The circumpolar north is one region where disparities in the uptake of community renewable energy (CRE) projects is evident. Many Northern, remote communitie...
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For many natural resource projects, the impact on Indigenous communities is a primary concern. Therefore, governance arrangements that account for the interests of companies, communities, and government are critical for the project’s success. This paper looked at two successful mining projects in northern Canada, McArthur River and Diavik, to exami...
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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is recognized as important to fostering sustainable natural resource development in the Circumpolar North. Governments are playing an increasingly active role in promoting and shaping CSR initiatives, often in collaboration with Indigenous communities and industry. This paper explores the role of CSR in mining...
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Community-led bioenergy projects show great promise to address a range of issues for remote and Indigenous Arctic communities that typically rely on diesel for meeting their energy demands. However, there is very little research devoted to better understanding what makes individual projects successful. In this study, we analyze the case of the Gale...
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With attention on the renewable energy sector to meet low-carbon transition goals, the need for more coordinated approaches to planning, carefully thought-out decision processes, and long-term policy designs to guide transitions is of increased importance. Despite repeated calls to advance more strategic forms of impact assessment in energy plannin...
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The adoption and encouragement of community energy, that is, the incentive to develop renewable energy projects with community participation and ownership, is a key ingredient of energy transition. Government policies and other instruments can pose both barriers and opportunities for community energy development; however, there has been little anal...
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Strategic environmental assessment (SEA) is emerging as an important tool for sustainability transitions, yet there has been limited research conceptualizing transitions-based SEA. If SEA's primary goal is to facilitate strategic change and guide decision-processes toward sustainability, an assessment framework that accounts for the multi-dimension...
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Wind energy is among the fastest-growing renewable energy source. Although not as controversial as fossil fuel-based energy projects, wind energy projects can be contested. Understanding common environmental assessment issues surrounding wind energy projects is important for addressing the transaction costs for renewable energy projects. This resea...
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Environmental assessment (EA) is an important entry point to the development of renewable energy projects, yet the role of EA in the renewable energy sector remains poorly understood in comparison to its role in assessing and managing the potential impacts of traditional fossil fuel-based energy developments. This paper examines the requirements an...
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There has emerged in recent years an increased industry and regulatory demand for the streamlining of environmental assessment (EA), and at the same time, persistent expectations by Aboriginal communities for more effective and meaningful engagement in development decisions. This paper examines the extent to which scholarly research has contributed...
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This paper explores the underlying practice-based challenges to meaningful and efficient Aboriginal participation in environmental assessment (EA) - participation that provides meaningful opportunities for Aboriginal communities to shape EA, yet assures a degree of efficiency for project proponents who need to obtain EA approvals in a timely and fi...
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This paper discusses contemporary issues surrounding the efficiency of environmental assessment (EA) and the effectiveness of community engagement with focus on Canadian practice in the last two decades. Based on a review of the EA literature, we provide a brief overview of the benefits of effective engagement in EA processes. We then identify and...
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Research to date on Aboriginal electoral participation - and the participation of Métis and off-reserve First Nations in particular - remains quite limited, leaving those policy makers and groups seeking to increase Aboriginal voter turnout to make assumptions about Aboriginal voter turnout that may or may not be valid. Drawing on original quantita...
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In Russia, as in Canada, Native peoples are attempting to gain greater control over their homelands. In the last decade, legislation at both the federal and sub-federal (provincial, republican, etc.) level has sanctioned the transfer of land to Native ‘possession’, though not ownership, for the pursuit of traditional activities. This paper surveys...
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During the last decade, aboriginal peoples in Russia have sought to improve their legal rights, including their rights to their homelands and the resources of these lands. The Russian government initially responded to an aboriginal lobby by including discrete articles addressing aboriginal rights in a number of its laws, including those on forests,...
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A framework is outlined for comparison of the views of ordinary members of aboriginal communities in Canada and Russia regarding the desirability of local self‐government. It is based on field research and interviews by the author in Gift Lake, Alberta and Tyanya, southwestern Sakha Republic. Interview questions were designed to elicit information...
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Aboriginal Peoples and Electoral Reform in CanadaMillenRobert A., ed. Research Studies of the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing, 9 Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1991, pp. xviii, 183 - Volume 28 Issue 1 - Greg Poelzer
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Submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Political Science. Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Alberta, 1996.

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The Delta Dialogue Network (DDN) is a transdisciplinary sustainability science project focused on co-creating usable knowledge in inland delta communities in northern Canada who were experiencing ecological and social change. The DDN initiated collaborative processes with five communities in three inland deltas -- Cumberland House, Saskatchewan and The Pas, Manitoba (Saskatchewan River Delta), Fort Chipewyan, Alberta (Peace-Athabasca Delta), and Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories and Fort Smith, Northwest Territories (Slave River and Delta) to synthesize, bridge, translate and mobilize knowledge from existing research and community monitoring programs. The DDN was initiated in 2014 and sought to complement the significant work by other researchers that had roots back to 2011.