Fondahl, Dr. Gail

Dr. Gail Fondahl
PhD, MA (University of California - Berkeley), BA (Dartmouth College) Adjunct Professor Professor Emerita


Dr. Gail Fondahl is a recently retired Professor of Geography at UNBC and is now an Adjunct Professor of Geography. Her PhD is from the University of California-Berkeley.

Professor Fondahl’s research focuses on the legal geographies of indigenous territorial rights in the Russian North, and the cultural and governance dimensions of arctic sustainability. She served president of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (2011 to 2014), and Canada’s representative to the International Arctic Science Committee’s Social and Human Sciences Working Group (2011-2018).

Fondahl co-edited the second Arctic Human Development Report (2014) and Northern Sustainabilities: Understanding and Addressing Change in the Circumpolar World (Springer, 2017).

Research and Expertise

Research Fields:
  • Environment
  • First Nations
  • Geography
  • Human Rights
  • Natural Resources
  • Northern Issues
  • Sustainability
Areas of Expertise:

Indigenous rights in Russia; Arctic human development; Arctic social indicators

Languages Spoken:
  • English
  • Russian
Not accepting graduate students
Available to be contacted by the media as a subject matter expert

Selected Publications