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Julia Christensen Project Director and Co-lead: Governance, Policy and Self-Determination focus area

Julia Christensen

Julia Christensen is a Canada Research Chair in Northern Governance and Public Policy in the Department of Geography at Memorial University, and holds a PhD in Geography from McGill University. She is settler Canadian, and was born and raised in the City of Yellowknife on Chief Drygeese Territory in Denendeh (Northwest Territories). Dr. Christensen has worked with themes of housing insecurity, home and homelessness, urbanization and health in collaboration with northern communities, governments and NGOs for the past 12 years. She currently works across the Canadian North as well as in Greenland and Alaska. In 2016, she co-edited the book Indigenous Homelessness: Perspectives from Canada, Australia and New Zealand (w/ Evelyn Peters, UManitoba Press), and in 2017, published her book No Home in a Homeland: Indigenous Peoples and Homelessness in the Canadian North (UBC Press). She is currently finalizing the edited volume Housing, Homelessness and Social Policy in the Urban North: Perspectives from Alaska, Canada and Greenland (w/ Sally Carraher, Travis Hedwig and Steven Arnfjord, University of Toronto Press). Along with Dr. Steven Arnfjord (University of Greenland), she is the co-founder of the Northern Social Policy Research Initiative.