Kaitlyn Rathwell is a Senior Research Associate at The Conference Board of Canada Indigenous and Northern Communities, in Ottawa. Dr. Rathwell is a social-ecological systems scholar and practicing performance artist.
Dr. Rathwell leads custom research projects with Indigenous and Northern Communities. She uses both quantitative and qualitative research design and takes an action research approach implementation. Indigenous self-determination in research and governance is a priority in her research and methodologies. Dr Rathwell is a skilled facilitator and brings together multiple stake and rights holder groups. She leads research collaborations that cross the disciplines of our organisation such as economics, political ecology and climate change.
Her research capacity has grown from pursuing an Honors of Arts degree at McGill University, Canada, a Master of Science at The Stockholm Resilience Center, Sweden, and by working as a researcher at The Hafen City University in Hamburg and The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Kitchener, Canada. Rathwell earned a PhD from University of Waterloo in Canada in 2016. She won several awards for her research on the intersection of climate change and Inuit arts. She is a proud alumni of the Environmental Change Governance Group (ECGG) lead by Prof. Armitage at The University of Waterloo, Canada, and of the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience, where she was mentored by Prof. Frances Westley.
Dr Rathwell writes and performs music under the stage alias K. La Luna. She recently wrote and recorded four original music works as part of the international Radical Ocean Futures Project. She was also proud to perform alongside Tanya Tagaq at the Climate is Culture exhibit in Toronto. Kaitlyn performs locally and internationally and, when appropriate, incorporates the arts into her research processes. Kaitlyn is passionate about advancing the role of the arts into how society navigates complex social-environmental changes.