Dr. Lisa Rankin recognized for distinguished scholarship
In recognition of her pioneering research in southern Labrador, Dr. Lisa Rankin is the recipient of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2018 Dean's Award for Distinguished Scholarship.
Since 2001, Dr. Rankin has developed strong community-university partnerships with the Labrador Inuit. With an exceptional track record of funding success and publications of international significance, Dr. Rankin's work is particularly important for the sustained and positive outcomes seen at the community level.
With SSHRC Community-University Research Alliance funding and working in partnership with the Southern Inuit of NunatuKavut and with Nunatsiavut, Dr. Rankin's research project, Understanding the Past to Build the Future, has transformed our understanding of Inuit settlement and socio-economic patterns of southern Labrador during the period of Inuit-European contact and subsequent interaction.
More recently, as project leader of Tradition and Transition among the Labrador Inuit, Dr. Rankin, and her colleagues, blend academic research with traditional Inuit knowledge to ensure the preservation and revitalization of Inuit culture and language.
Dr. Rankin's research is ground breaking, engaged and fosters ethical practice, not only furthering our knowledge and understanding of the past peoples of Labrador but also moving discussions into the realm of social justice and reconciliation.
Congratulations Dr. Rankin!