Philip Loring

Assistant Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability
University of Saskatchewan, 105 Administration Place, Saskatoon, Canada
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  • Loring, P. A., and S. C. Gerlach. (2015). Searching for Progress on Food Security in the North American North: A Research Synthesis and Meta-analysis of the Peer-review Literature. Arctic 68:380–392.
  • Harrison, H. L., and P. A. Loring. (2014). Larger Than Life: The Emergent Nature of Conflict in Alaska’s Upper Cook Inlet Salmon Fisheries. SAGE Open 4:1–14.
  • Loring, P. A., S. C. Gerlach, and H. P. Huntington. (2013). The New Environmental Security: Linking Food, Water, and Energy for Integrative and Diagnostic Social-ecological Research. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development 3:55–61.
  • Loring, P. A., and L. K. Duffy. (2011). Managing environmental risks: the benefits of a place-based approach. Remote and Rural Health 11:1800.
  • Gerlach, S. C., P.A. Loring, A. Turner, and D. Atkinson. 2011. Food Systems, Climate Change, and Community Needs, in North by 2020, Edited by A. Lovecraft and H. Eicken. Fairbanks, AK: University of Alaska Press, pp. 89-109.
  • P. Ericksen, B. Stewart, J. Dixon, D. Barling, P.A. Loring, M. A
    nderson, J. Ingram. 2010. The Value of a Food System Approach. In Food Security and Global Environmental Change. Edited by J. Ingram, P. Ericksen and D. Liverman. UK: Earthscan, pp. 25-45.
  • Research on food systems, Alaska’s salmon fishery, and climate change adaptation.

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  • Currently working on a project exploring sustainability and health in Haida Gwaii. This research looks at the past and present human ecology of the islands, asking to what extent the herring fisheries and other aspects of the maritime environment contributed to regional sustainability historically and how should they be managed today
  • The Sustainable Futures North project is concerned with developing a comprehensive understanding of the interactions among environmental security, natural resource development, and climate change in the Arctic and Subarctic regions of North America. More information about this research project can be found by visiting the website:

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Phil’s research is driven by a desire to answer questions that are meaningful to the people with whom he works. He is interested in doing new research that will help him answer the following questions:
What wisdom is found in examples from past and present of sustainable human-environment interactions? How do we use that wisdom to reconnect people to local and regional ecosystems in ways that are sustainable, healthful, and just? -and-How do societies transition from where we are to where we need to be without paying tremendous human costs (recognizing that the path and
the destination are likely not the same)? This work may build on the findings of previous research dealing with food systems and security; fisheries; local food movements; environmental justice; climatic and environmental change; and Indigenous cultures.

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  • Human capital and Migration
  • Governance
  • Natural Resources
  • Research and Exchange
  • Publications
  • Institutes

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University of Saskatchewan
Personal Website: Conservation of Change