Viviane Hippmann Gauer

PICS Graduate Fellow

I am originally from Porto Alegre, southern Brazil. I have been living in Canada since 2016 Fall, when I started my Master’s degree (MRM Planning) at Simon Fraser University. As a researcher, I am broadly interested in applying social science research to inform climate change adaptation and mitigation solutions. For my Master's, I have been working with Prof. John Welch on adaptation to climate change in North American Indigenous contexts. I have engaged with two Indigenous organizations that share cultural heritage stewardship missions, the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre (Stó:lō Nation, BC) and the Fort Apache Heritage Foundation (White Mountain Apache Tribe, AZ). This study aims to (i) develop recommendations for these organizations to support the communities they serve in adapting to a changing climate; as well as (ii) achieve a better understanding of Indigenous community adaptation to climate change through a two case studies approach. I love travelling and getting to know new cultures, hiking, and music in general.