Ashlee Cunsolo, PhD
Founding Dean, School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies
Labrador Institute of Memorial University
Researcher | Educator | Environmental Advocate
Former Canada Research Chair Tier II
Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists
Nature Canada Women for Nature Founding Member
Ashlee Cunsolo, PhD, is a health geographer and the founding Dean of the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies in the Labrador Institute of Memorial University.
As a community-engaged social science and health researcher working at the intersection of place, culture, health, and environment, Ashlee has a particular interest in the climatic, social, environmental, and cultural determinants of Indigenous health, intercultural learning and dialogue, environmental ethics, and the social justice implications of social, environmental, and health inequality.
She is a leading voice nationally and internationally on climate change and mental health, ecological grief, and intangible losses and damages that arise from climate change, and works more broadly at the intersection of place, culture, health, and environment. She has been recognized nationally and internationally for her community-based research and science outreach, and is a regular media contributor on climate change, mental health, and ecological grief.
She holds a variety of climate change leadership roles, including being a contributing author to the IPCC AR6 Chapter 12: North America and Cross-Chapter Paper: Polar Regions, a Lead Author on Chapters in the Natural Resources Canada and the Health Canada Climate Change Assessment Reports, and a Commissioner for the Lancet Arctic Health Commission.
She is a former Canada Research Chair (Tier II), and a member of the Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists.
In her role as Dean of the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies, and formerly the Director of the Labrador Institute, Ashlee is working with multiple partners in Labrador and at Memorial University to lead the development of an academic unit in Labrador to offer Northern-led and Northern-focused undergraduate, graduate, and professional learning opportunities in Labrador, and working on the establishment of a Labrador Campus of Memorial University (read related Op Eds, Northern Sovereignty and Towards a Labrador Campus).
She is also working with local farmers and organizations to establish the Pye Centre for Northern Boreal Food Systems, a new 80 acre research, education, and experimental farm focused on enhancing and expanding Northern food security and food sovereignty in Labrador, and growing the agricultural industry.
She sits on a variety of research and education councils and boards, both at Memorial University and externally, and focuses on institution building, equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education, Northern sovereignty in research and education, and Indigenization and decolonization of the academy.
She currently lives in Labrador, Canada.