Research

Current Research

My scholarship is situated at the intersection between health, justice and the land. As a settler scholar I also focus on creating decolonizing solidarities through knowledge mobilization. I am currently focusing on the following broad themes…

Healing with the land

I am particularly interested in how Indigenous care practices focused on presence on the land are deployed locally and the intersection with struggles for health justice against extractive industries, particularly focusing on community-based initiatives that engage in protection and preservation of ecosystems by employing a health/wellness analysis.

Health governance and policy

I am interested in community participation in health policy and governance with focus on cultural safety, interactions of  determinants of health (especially oppression as determinant of health), and youth and gender analysis. Some examples include, cultural teachings and practices that inform planning and programming in mental health and addictions (and its link with restorative justice programs), food security and traditional foods, interdisciplinary and interagency service provision, and increasing local capacity for health system governance.

Knowledge systems

I am interested in emerging models of Indigeneity and decolonization solidarity with a focus on knowledge mobilization and social justice, especially around the university-community interactions, collaborative research and research ethics. I focus on research-creation as a mode of knowledge transmission that incorporates Indigenous storytelling and oral history as well as Indigenous pedagogies and life-long learning perspectives. A connected interest is the role of academics as allies and social justice activists that align with Indigenous decolonization priorities.

Interests

  • Knowledge mobilization
  • Oral History
  • Settler-Indigenous relations
  • Anthropology of Health
  • Collaborative & community-driven research
  • Engaged Scholarship
  • Health justice and extractive industries