Alexandra Pedersen

Business Development Officer

Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute

Queen's University

Alexandra Pedersen is a Business Development Officer (McDonald Institute) by day and an Adjunct Professor (Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering) by night. Alex, as she prefers, earned a PhD in Geography (Queen’s University) and holds a Master’s in International Studies (University of Northern British Columbia). Her graduate research focused on Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous communities’ experiences with, and resistance to, imposed development. Most often, discussions of imposed development linked back to Canada’s extractive industries. Alex continues her activist academic work through education and outreach. Her photography related to the struggle of the Indigenous Q’eqchi’ Maya of Guatemala and their resistance to the Fenix nickel mine in El Estor, Guatemala has been featured at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Winnipeg, MB), The Guardian, and Lo Donna (an Italian women’s magazine). Her published academic and non-academic writings can be found in the Journal of Latin American Geography, Harvard’s ReVista Magazine, TeleSur, and Upside Down World. As an Adjunct Professor, Alex embraces new learning platforms and revels in opportunities to engage with undergraduate, graduate, and professional students for both their studies and career aspirations. Outside of work, Alex can be found in her apiary buzzing with the bees.

EERL 811 Sector-Focused Project