sherilee harper

EcoHealth Research with Indigenous Communities

Research Approach

My current research mobilizes an ecosystem approach to study global environmental change impacts on waterborne disease in Indigenous populations in the Canadian Arctic (Inuit) and the Ugandan Impenetrable Forest (Batwa), and is a part of the Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change project (  This ecohealth research is grounded in a rigourous epidemiology research design, which utilizes quantitative methods to understand population level trends and associations, as well as qualitative methods to develop an in-depth understanding of the beliefs, perceptions, attitudes, and lived experience of waterborne disease.  Ecohealth principles are at the core of all of my research; all of my research projects are guided by principles of transdisciplinarity, systems thinking, sustainability, social equity, as well as respectful and mutually-beneficial community participation and collaboration at all stages of the research process.

The following video was created by Kenny Michelin, a community member in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut.  In his video, Kenny describes how he values this type of approach to research.