Karine Gagné’s work examines the intersection between the material environment, embodied knowledge and environmental ethics. In particular, her research focuses on the reciprocity between practice and worldview and how the production of the state and climate change alter these processes. Her research work is based in North India and the Himalayas and her further interests include questions related to temporality, movements, human-animal relations, Buddhism and everyday life and moral ambiguity.
Her postdoctoral research examines the melting of ice roads in the region of Zanskar in India in a project that spans the political ecology of infrastructure, natural hazards and climate change risks and the taming of the Himalayan mountains as a statemaking strategy in a border area.
Karine holds a PhD in Anthropology (University of Montreal, 2015) and has been Visiting Scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She is currently sponsored by a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Her research interests are shaped by her experiences of living and working in the Indian Himalayas. A strong commitment to long-term engaged fieldwork and a keen interest for oral history underpin her work.