Ashlee Cunsolo, PhD
Director, 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 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.
Before becoming the Director of the Labrador Institute of Memorial University, Ashlee was the Canada Research Chair in Determinants of Healthy Communities and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Nursing and Indigenous Studies at Cape Breton University in Unama’ki/Cape Breton. She 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 the founding members of Nature Canada’s 75 Women for Nature.She has given over 250 talks and presentations, was a recent TEDx Cape Breton speaker, and her research is regularly highlighted in national and international news media. Ashlee completed a postdoc with the Climate Change Adaptation Research Group at McGill University, and her PhD at the University of Guelph.
In 2014, she released a documentary film, collaboratively produced with the five Inuit communities in Nunatsiavut, Labrador, about the impacts of climate change on Inuit culture, livelihoods, and wellbeing (www.lamentfortheland.ca).