[Photo of Dr. Laura Jean Cameron.]

Dr. Laura Jean Cameron


Department of Geography and Planning

(on leave for Winter term 2024)



Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room E303

People Directory Affiliation Category

Canada Research Chair in Historical Geographies of Nature (2003-2012)

I grew up in Stó:lō Territory and my degrees in history (BA - 1989; MA - 1994) are from the University of British Columbia where I became fascinated with the relations between stories and places. A Commonwealth Scholarship allowed me to follow my interests in environmental history over to historical geography at the University of Cambridge in England. I received my Ph.D. from the Cambridge Department of Geography in 2001. I was Junior Research Fellow in Historical Geography at Churchill College, Cambridge (1999-2002) and arrived in Kingston with my partner and son to experience my first Ontario winter, January 2003. Since then, we have enjoyed the lakes in every season and the creative communities which enliven the University and our neck of the woods near Skeleton Park.


Research Interests

Where is 'nature' and for whom?

This question is key in my current work on historical geographies of nature which involves the study of cultural encounters between people and places in several interrelated projects, some SSHRC-funded:

SSHRC Insight Grant (2014-2020) Recording Nature: The Life Geography of William W.H. Gunn

SSHRC NFRF (2019-2022) Rekindle the Past to Spark the Future: New Frontiers in Glacier Research. Collaborator with Laura Thomson (PI), Department of Geography and Planning, Queen’s University

SSHRC Insight Grant (2020-2024) A Totem Pole on a Pile of Garbage: Contending with Colonial and Environmental Violence in Kingston, Ontario. Collaborator with Dorit Naaman (PI), Laura Murray and Erin Sutherland, et al.