Department of Geography and Planning

Department of Geography and Planning
Department of Geography and Planning
Portrait of Heather Castleden.

Heather Castleden

Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair
Office:
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room E330
Phone:
613-533-6000 ext. 77216
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Dr. Castleden holds the Canada Research Chair in Reconciling Relations for Health, Environments, and Communities and is a jointly-appointed Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning and the Department of Public Health Sciences at Queen’s University.

As a broadly trained health geographer, Dr. Castleden mainly undertakes community-based participatory research in partnership with Indigenous peoples in Canada on issues that are important to them and fall within her programmatic areas of expertise: the nexus of culture, place, and power; and health equity through social and environmental justice lenses. Since 2009, she has been the Director of the Health, Environment, and Communities Research Lab (www.heclab.com), a vibrant community of research associates, trainees, and staff.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Anthropology and Native Studies) from the University of Manitoba (1996), Dr. Castleden went on to obtain a Master of Education Degree in Adult and Higher Education (2002), and a PhD (Human Geography) at the University of Alberta (2007). From there, she held NEARBC and SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Victoria before taking up a tenure-track appointment in the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia (2009-2014). She began her appointment at Queen’s University in 2014.

Courses for the 2016-2017 Academic Year: GPHY 240 and 836 (Qualitative Research Methods)`

Dr. Castleden is located in Kingston, where she and her partner are raising their two children. She's a big fan of swimming, snowboarding, biking and hiking, dodgeball, cross-country skiing, buttery popcorn, any chocolate, red wine, single malts, and this summer she learned to sail a Shark. After many failed attempts – this fall she may try, once again, to learn how to play the guitar.

To learn more about Dr. Castleden’s program of research, current projects, recent publications, and opportunities to study with her, please visit her Research Lab’s website or follow her on Twitter: @H_Castleden.

Links:

Health, Environment, Communities (HEC) Research Lab

Research Interests:

Dr. Castleden’s research interests include community-based participatory research, Indigenous research, Indigenous-settler relations, environment and health interconnections, research ethics, and arts-based methodologies. Her research is interdisciplinary and collaborative, and strives to address environmental and social injustices and health inequities. Specifically, her research is primarily unified through: participatory research with Indigenous partners concerning issues that are important to them; shared development and testing of innovative qualitative research tools that adhere to Indigenous principles for decolonizing methodologies; and engagement in studies concerning the ethical tensions and institutional barriers associated with community-based participatory research processes and outcomes.

Her work strives to build a program of integrated, methodologically- and ethically-sound community-based participatory research in the context of Canada. Her research is geared towards developing a response to these and other issues in a way that maintains her record of engaging in innovative scholarship that plans for and creates social and environmental change. She describes her work as the product of a balancing act between academic engagement and advocacy.