Shirley Roburn

Shirley Roburn’s current research focuses on the role of multimedia storytelling in growing community involvement in campaigns for marine protection along the British Columbia coast. Her doctoral research analyzed the role of the film Being Caribou as part of a constellation of "public stories" that northern First Nations communities and environmental groups told about the Arctic National Wildlife refuge, in order to effectively garner public support and influence Congressional votes on allowing oil and gas development in the calving grounds of the Porcupine caribou.

Shirley has served as an employee, volunteer and organizer for many environmental justice and human rights organizations, ranging in scope from Amnesty International to the Yukon Conservation Society,  CoCo (an umbrella organization that builds capacity in the allophone and anglophone Quebec community sector) and SPEC, the community group that helped initiate and support  Greenpeace. She has also worked as a journalist, editor, creative writer and media producer, with a focus on environmental justice.