Dr. Nancy Doubleday specializes in transdisciplinary transformations to incorporate values rooted in peace, health, justice and sustainability in legal, governmental and organizational frameworks. Her training includes degrees in biology, education, law and environmental studies, with specializations in international law of indigenous peoples and environment; and in paleoecological reconstructions of climate change and anthropogenic impacts. As a lawyer, she has participated in land claims negotiations, and provided representation to a range of international entities including: meetings of the parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, the International Whaling Commission, IUCN, the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, and to various federal bodies and initiatives in Canada, including the Arctic Marine Conservation Strategy, the Working Group on Northern Conservation, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Research Council and the Defence Advisory Board.
Currently Doubleday co-chairs (with Fraser Taylor of Carleton University) the Arctic Ocean Working Group of the Ocean Canada Partnership (PI: Rashid Sumaila, UBC); where she is developing linkages among community sustainability, livelihoods, freshwater and ocean health. She is also a co-investigator in the Participedia Partnership, (PI: Mark Warren, UBC), for which she is investigating participatory decision-making in the context of adaptive governance and co-management of commons and natural resources. She chairs the Cold Region Environments Commission of the International Geographical Union which focuses on the future and fate of polar and high altitude environments, including their role in water security, climate change and sustainable ocean regimes.
At McMaster, Nancy Doubleday is the HOPE Chair in Peace and Health, specializing in proactive approaches to peace, health, justice and sustainability in complex social-cultural-ecological systems, and is appointed to the Department of Philosophy.