Associate Professor and Department Chair, Department of Anthropology
- Ph.D. Penn State University, 1999
- M.A. University of Arkansas, 1994
- B.A. Bowdoin College, 1990
Cultural anthropology, human development, human ecology, hunting and gathering societies, Canadian Arctic, contemporary Inuit peoples
Dr. Collings’ research focuses on the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic. Though his research interests are varied, they revolve around two central themes, human development and human ecology.
The human development dimension draws on traditions in psychological anthropology and the anthropology of aging, and addresses the influence of historical time, social change and economic success on different age cohorts, on the structure of the Inuit life course, and on Inuit conceptions of successful aging.
The human ecology dimension of his research addresses the economics of contemporary subsistence, the influence of externally imposed regulations on foraging activities, change and continuity in food sharing practices within the context of climate change, and, most recently, the relationships between food insecurity and health and mental health.
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Collings, Peter. 2019. Technological Adaptation and Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Ulukhaktok, NT, Canada. Hunter-Gatherer Research 3(4):697-715. Available at:https://doi.org/10.3828/hgr.2017.35.
Collings, Peter, Tristan Pearce, and Joseph Kann. 2018. “We don’t know anything about whales:” Ecological Knowledge” and ways of knowing in Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories, Canada. Arctic Science 4(3):223-241. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/as-2017-0030.
Fawcett, David, Tristan Pearce, Roland Notaina, James D. Ford, and Peter Collings. 2018. Inuit Adaptability to Changing Environmental Conditions Over an 11-Year Period in Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories. Polar Record 54(275):119-132. Available at:
Waugh, Devin, Tristan Pearce, Sonja Ostertag, Peter Collings, and Lisa Loseto. 2018. Inuvialuit Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas) Under Changing Climatic Conditions in Tuktoyaktuk, NT. Arctic Science 4(3):242-258.
Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/as-2017-0034.
Collings, Peter, Meredith G. Marten, Tristan Pearce, and Alyson Young. 2016. Food Insecurity, Sharing Networks, and Female-Headed Households in Arctic Canada. Ecology of Food and Nutrition 55(1):30-49.
Collings, Peter. 2014. Becoming Inummarik: Men’s Lives in an Inuit Community. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Collings, Peter. 2011. Economic Strategies, Community, and Food Networks in Ulukhaktok, NT, Canada. Arctic. 64(2):207-219.
Collings, Peter. 2009a. Birth Order, Age, and Hunting Success in the Canadian Arctic. Human Nature 20(4):254-274.
Collings, Peter. 2009b. Participant Observation, Phased Assertion, and Fieldwork with Inuit. Field Methods 21(2): 133-153.
Collings, Peter. 2005. Housing Policy, Aging, and Life Course Construction in a Canadian Inuit Community. Arctic Anthropology 42(2):50-65.
Collings, Peter. 2001. “If You Got Everything, It’s Good Enough:” Inuit Perspectives on Successful Aging. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 16:127-155.
Collings, Peter. 2000. Aging and Life Course Development in an Inuit Community. Arctic Anthropology 37(2):111-125.
Collings, Peter, George Wenzel, and Richard G. Condon. 1998. Modern Food Sharing Networks and Community Integration in the Central Canadian Arctic. Arctic 51(4):301-314.
Condon, Richard G., Peter Collings, and George Wenzel. 1995. The Best Part of Life: Subsistence Hunting, Ethnic Identity, and Economic Adaptation among Young Adult Inuit Males. Arctic 48:31-46.
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