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Karim-Aly Kassam

International Professor of Environmental and Indigenous Studies

Karim-Aly Kassam

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. (Natural Resource Policy and Management with concentrations in Socio-Anthropology and Community Sociology) Cornell University, USA
  • M.Sc. (Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries) London School of Economics, UK
  • M.Phil. (Islamic Studies) University of Cambridge, UK
  • B.A. (Economics) University of Calgary, Canada



  • American Studies Program


  • Natural Resources
  • American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program


Dr. Kassam conducts research that has immediate impact on community agency, adaptation, and resilience. His research interests include:

  • Indigenous and place-based ecological knowledge
  • Human ecology
  • Ethnobiology
  • Biocultural diversity
  • Stewardship
  • Ecological calendars
  • Pluralism
  • Ways of knowing
  • Food sovereignty and security
  • Medicinal plants (health sovereignty)
  • Participatory action research
  • Climate change impacts and adaptation
  • Natural resource policy and management
  • Development studies
  • Indigenous land and marine use mapping
  • Gender analysis
  • Arctic social science
  • Social history of Muslim societies
  • Social change in indigenous communities
  • Community economic development


Fall 2020