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Dr. Claudio Aporta

Associate Professor


Dr. Claudio Aporta - BA, PhD (Univesity of Alberta)

Marine Affairs Program

Email: claudio.aporta@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 494-7132
Mailing Address: 
Life Sciences Centre, Room 804, 1459 Oxford Street, PO Box 15000 Halifax NS B3H 4R2 Canada
Research Topics:
  • Indigenous Land Use
  • Indigenous Geographic Knowledge
  • Cartographic Representations
  • Arctic Anthropology
  • Inuit and Sea Ice
  • Northwest Passage History

Current Courses


Claudio was born and raised in the province of Mendoza, Argentina – where he also completed his BA in Communication at Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. In 1997, he moved to Canada to pursue graduate studies and he received his Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Alberta. Claudio was the holder of a SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) Postdoctoral Fellowship at Université Laval and was a faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University, before moving to Dalhousie in 2013.

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Research Interests

Since 1998 Claudio has been involved in ethnographic research within several Inuit communities in Nunavut. He has documented Inuit knowledge and use of marine and coastal areas in the Eastern Canadian Arctic. Claudio’s research has also focused on geospatial and multimedia representation of environmental and geographic knowledge. His projects have been funded by Wenner-Gren, SSHRC, NSERC, National Geographic Society, and the Government of Nunavut. He is also a faculty member of the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre at Carleton University. Some outcomes of Claudio’s work includes the creation of digital atlases (see http://paninuittrails.org, and http://sikuatlas.ca/index.html).

His current interests at the Marine Affairs Program are connected to co-management, sustainable communities, Marine Spatial Planning, indigenous and local coastal knowledge, and knowledge mobilization.

Latest Professional Honours

Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Canadian Studies (University of Washington, Seattle)

CRASSH Visiting Fellowship, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge, UK.
Claire Hall Visiting Scholar Fellowship, University of Cambridge, UK.
Research Achievement Award 2011-12, Carleton University

Refereed Publications 

Books Edited
Knowing Our Ice, Documenting Inuit Sea Ice Knowledge and Use.
 Krupnik, I., Aporta, C., Gearheard, S., Laidler, G. J. and Kielsen-Holm, L. Siku:, Netherlands, Springer (501 pages) (2010).

Journals Edited
Inuit Geographies of Sea Ice. Aporta, C., Taylor, F., Laidler, G. Special issue of The Canadian Geographer, 55(1) (2011). 

Chapters in Edited Books
The sea, the land, the coast and the winds: Understanding Inuit sea ice use in Context in Krupnik
, I., Aporta, C., Gearheard, S., Laidler, G. J., and Kielsen-Holm, L. Siku: Knowing Our Ice, Documenting Inuit Sea Ice Knowledge and Use, Netherlands, Springer  (pp. 165-182) (2010).

Life on the ice. In: Main Johnson, Leslie, and Hunn, E. (ed.) Landscape Ethnoecology: Concepts of Biotic and Physical Space, Berghahn Books, New York, pp. 175-199 (2010). 

SIKU: International Polar Year, #166 (An Overview). Krupnik, I., Aporta, C. and Laidler, G. J. (2010) in Krupnik, I., Aporta, C., Gearheard, S., Laidler, G. and Kielsen-Holm, L. Siku: Knowing Our Ice, Documenting Inuit Sea Ice Knowledge and Use, Netherlands, Springer  (pp1-29).

Mapping Inuit Sea Ice Knowledge, Use, and Change in Nunavut, Canada (Cape Dorset, Igloolik, Pangnirtung) Laidler, G. J., Elee, P., Ikummaq, T. Joamie, E. and Aporta, C. (2010), in Krupnik, I., Aporta, C., Gearheard, S., Laidler, G., and Kielsen-Holm, L. Siku: Knowing Our Ice, Documenting Inuit Sea Ice Knowledge and Use, Netherlands, Springer (pp. 47-82)

Articles in refereed journals
Shifting perspectives on shifting ice: Documenting and representing Inuit use of the sea ice. The Canadian Geographer, 55(1): 6-19 (2011).

The Igliniit Project: Inuit hunters document life on the trail to map and monitor Arctic change. Gearheard, S., Aporta, C., Aipellee, G., and O’Keefe, K. ‘’ The Canadian Geographer, 55(1): 42-55 (2011).

The Trail as Home: Inuit and Their Pan-Arctic Network of Routes. Human Ecology April 2009: Volume 37: 131–146; DOI 10.1007/s10745-009-9213-x (2009).

From map to horizons; from trail to journey: The challenges of documenting Inuit geographic knowledge. Études Inuit Studies, Volume 29 nos 1-2 (2005): 221-23.

Satellite Culture: Global Positioning Systems, Inuit Wayfinding, and the Need for a New Account of Technology,” With Eric Higgs, Current Anthropology, Volume 46, Number 5, December 2005: 729-754

Routes, trails and tracks: trail-breaking among the Inuit of Igloolik,” Études Inuit Studies (vol. 28(2), December 2004): 9-38 (2004).

Using GPS mapping software to map Inuit place names and trails,”  Arctic Vol. 56, No. 4: 321-327 (2003).

Life on the ice: Understanding the codes of a changing environment.” Polar Record 38 (207): 341-354 (2002).