Dr. Loukacheva is Canada Research Chair in ‘Aboriginal Governance and Law’ and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern British Columbia. Prior to joining the Faculty she was a Research Associate at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto (2004-2013); the first visiting Fridtjof Nansen Professor of Arctic Studies in Iceland (Norway-Iceland initiative of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, 2013). She is also an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School LL.M. program on energy and infrastructure, York University (Toronto), a distinguished alumni fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (Ottawa), and an Associate Scientist with the Stefansson Arctic Institute. She was the founding Director of the Graduate Polar Law Program and taught Polar law at the University of Akureyri, Iceland (2008-2010). She holds a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada), a Doctor of Philosophy (law) from the Urals State Law University (Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation), and degree in Jurisprudence LL.B./LL.M. Cum Laude (with distinction) from the Urals State Law University.
Dr. Loukacheva specializes in international and comparative constitutional law, with a research interest in the Arctic. She is the author of The Arctic Promise: Legal and Political Autonomy of Greenland and Nunavut (University of Toronto Press, 2007); the editor and project leader of the first ever Polar Law Textbook, (the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM), TemaNord 538:2010); of the Polar Law Textbook II, ( NCM, TemaNord 535:2013) and of the Polar Law and Resources book (NCM, TemaNord 533:2015), see: www.norden.org; all three books won the grant of the highly competitive international Arctic cooperation program of the NCM; special editor of the Yearbook of Polar Law, Vol. 2, 2010 (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, www.brill.nl/pola) and guest editor of the Arctic Review on Law and Politics, No. 2, 2012 (Co-Action & Cappelen Dam Akademisk Publishers, Norway http://arcticreview.no/index.php/arctic/index). Since 2012 she has also served as an Associate Editor for the Arctic Review on Law and Politics.
In 2014, 2015 and 2018 she was selected as an Arctic politics and law expert and educator for the International Arctic Floating University research expedition which took place on the Northern Sea Route and in 2014 was organized under the auspices of the Arctic Council.
In September 2013 she was invited as an Arctic expert-lecturer on the Action Canada expedition to the Northwest Passage on board the Canadian icebreaker CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent. In August 2013 she took part as an Arctic expert in the International Nansen Expedition on the Northern Sea Route. In 2012 she participated as an observer- Arctic expert at the Canadian Armed Forces Operation Nanook in Canada’s Western Arctic.
From 2008 to 2018 Dr. Loukacheva chaired an International Thematic Network group on Legal Issues in the Arctic of the Northern Research Forum.