Frances Abele is Professor of Public Policy and Administration at CarletonUniversity, Academic Director of the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation, Fellow of the Centre for Governance and Public Management, Academic Fellow of the Centre for European Studies, and Research Fellow at the Institute for Research on Public Policy. She is adjunct professor in the doctoral program in Native Studies at TrentUniversity. A former director of the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton, Dr. Abele was president of the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies. During1992-96, she was deputy director of research and policy at the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.
A political scientist born in Alberta, Dr. Abele attended the University of Calgary, University of Toronto and YorkUniversity. She has worked with Indigenous peoples all over Canada for over thirty years. Her research has focused on community and regional economic and political development, Aboriginal self-government, policy and programs important to Aboriginal people living in cities, and more generally, citizen engagement and issues in public management. She received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for service in post-secondary education. At Carleton University, she established the Nunavut Certificate in Public Service Studies, and she continues to work on means to make university education accessible to Indigenous people from a variety of circumstances, at Carleton and in an advisory capacity to other universities.
In 2011, Frances Abele received the Carleton University Research Achievement Award. In addition tosixty peer-reviewed academic publications, Dr. Abele has prepared substantial research reports for the National Centre on First Nations Governance, Canadian Policy Research Networks, the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Institute for Research on Public Policy, the National Committee on Inuit Education and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. She is currently a member of the editorial boards of Aboriginal Policy Studies, Northern Public Affairs, and Canadian Public Administration.