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James Stinson

James Stinson

Postdoctoral Fellow, Planetary Health & Education

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James Stinson is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Planetary Health Education at York University, cross appointed to the Faculty of Education and the Dahdaleh Institute of Global Health Research. He is a cultural, environmental and public anthropologist with a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Toronto. His research explores intersections of Indigenous-led conservation, digital media and technologies, and nature-based recreation in efforts to preserve biodiversity and promote planetary health.

He is currently the Principal Investigator of two SSHRC-funded research projects, and Co-Principal Investigator of the York-funded “Partnership for Youth and Planetary Wellbeing.” Building on over a decade of engaged research with Indigenous Maya communities and conservation organizations in Belize, his current research examines how digital surveillance technologies and artificial intelligence – including the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) – are impacting environmental governance and shifting relations of power in and around parks and protected areas. A second project engages Indigenous youth in Belize and Canada to understand their experiences of climate change and support their efforts to promote planetary health and well-being. In addition to academic publications in Geoforum, Environment and Planning, and Challenges, he has written for The Conversation, the Canadian Climate Institute, Mountain Life, Wildlife Australia, and facilitated the production of Indigenous films for the United Nation’s Youth Climate Report.


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Smart Conservation and the Futures of Planetary Health, with James Stinson and Lee McLoughlin

Related Work


Update – Training and Research for the Partnership for Youth and Planetary Wellbeing Begins in Belize | 20 June 2023

Dahdaleh Postdoctoral Fellow Discusses Digitalization and Predictive Policing in Conservation | 8 June 2023

Recap — Conservation at What Cost? Surveillance Technology and Community Conservation | 21 April 2023

Update – Partnership for Youth and Planetary Wellbeing with Local NGOs and Community Organizations in Belize | 16 March 2023

Publication: Digital technologies for biodiversity protection and climate action: Solution or COP out? | 12 December 2022

Hot off the Press – Recent Publications by Dahdaleh Institute Researchers | 22 July 2022

New Publication: Mutual Care: Rethinking Our Relationship with Outdoor Spaces, by James Stinson | 15 October 2021

Re-advertisement - Student Opportunity: Decolonizing Planetary Health Research Assistant | 22 July 2021

Re-advertisement - Student Opportunity: SMART Conservation and the Production of Nature 3.0 Research Assistant | 22 July 2021

Biocultural nation making: Biopolitics, cultural-territorial belonging, and national protected areas | 5 March 2021

Dahdaleh Institute Launches Conversations on Decolonising Global Health Research | 14 September 2020

Student Opportunity: Decolonizing Planetary Health Research Assistant | 22 July 2020

Planetary Health & Education Fellow Interviewed on Re-Opening of National Parks on Global News Vancouver | 19 May 2020

James Stinson Co-Publishes in The Conversation | 13 May 2020

Eighteen Established and Emerging Scholars Joined Dahdaleh Institute in Six Months | 31 January 2020

James Stinson Participates in Maya-Led Ab’ink | 29 October 2019

Cross-Appointed Postdoc Fellow Joins Dahdaleh Institute | 28 October 2019

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