Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo

Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo
Labrador Institute of Memorial University
P. O. Box 490, Station B
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
A0P 1E0 

Room 110, Labrador Institute
College of the North Atlantic Building
Happy Valley-Goose Bay Campus
Tel: (709) 896-6210
Fax: (709) 896-2970
Email: ashlee.cunsolo@mun.ca

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PhD, 2012, University of Guelph
BAH, 2004, University of Guelph

Awards & Honours:

  • Inaugural Member, Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists, & Scientists
  • Nature Canada's Women for Nature Founding Member

Research Interests

  1. The social, climatic, environmental, and cultural determinants of physical, mental, and emotional health, with a focus on Indigenous health and well-being;
  2. The human dimensions of climatic and environmental change, particularly in a Circumpolar context;
  3. Individual, social, community, and health systems adaptation within the context of large-scale and rapid change;
  4. Community health and development, including cultural reclamation and revitalization;
  5. Fostering youth mental health and resilience to rapid change;
  6. Health equity and health justice;
  7. Human-environment relations and environmental ethics and praxis;
  8. Emotional, psychological, health geographies and place-based ways of knowing;
  9. Innovative qualitative methods and research design;
  10. Indigenization of higher education.

Ashlee Cunsolo is a passionate researcher and environmental advocate working with research and policy to make a difference in how we live with and in this world. As a community-engaged social science and health researcher working at the intersection of place, culture, health, and environment, she has a particular interest in the social, environmental, and cultural determinants of Indigenous health, intercultural learning and dialogue, capacity development, environmental ethics, and the social justice implications of social, environmental, and health inequality.

For the past 10 years, she has been working with Indigenous communities and leaders across Canada on a variety of community-led and community-identified research initiatives, ranging from climate change impacts on physical and mental health, cultural reclamation and intergenerational knowledge transmission, suicide reduction and prevention, land-based education and healing programs, environmental grief and mourning, and Indigenization of higher education.

Ashlee has been recognized nationally and internationally for her community-based research and science outreach, including being inducted as one of the inaugural members of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists and being chosen as one of Nature Canada’s 75 Women for Nature. She has given over 200 talks and presentations, was a recent TEDx Cape Breton speaker, and her research was highlighted in a feature interview on CBC’s Quirks & Quarks. She is a former Tier II Canada Research Chair in Determinants of Healthy Communities and Associate Professor at Cape Breton University. Ashlee completed a postdoc with the Climate Change Adaptation Research Group at McGill University, and her PhD at the University of Guelph.



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