I have a diverse background across social science disciplines that have culminated in my ongoing work as a PhD student in Rural Studies. With a BA (hons) in Criminology (Saint Mary's University) and a MA in Environmental Policy (Memorial University of Newfoundland), my work centers on issues facing rural and remote communities in Canada. In particular, as a settler-scholar (non-Indigenous scholar) with Mi'kmaw heritage, my work considers research and its potential to impact (positively or negatively) Indigenous communities. I have published across various mediums including a double-blind peer reviewed article, a podcast, op-ed style papers and blog posts. Working with Indigenous groups and rural and remote communities it is imperative that my research results are communicable to a wide audience and is not siloed in academia. I also consider alternatives to traditional academic publishing (journal articles or conference presentations) a better means to shift dominant narratives or discourse in media and ensure that academic research has benefits for the greater public.