About Us

A Research Collaborative for Global Health Equity

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Drs. Heather Aldersey, Eva Purkey, Colleen Davison and Susan Bartels

ARCH researchers work in close collaboration with individual, organizational and funding partners across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and North America. Our partnerships are guided by six Principles of Global Health Research put forward by the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research. These principles emphasize that global health research aims to promote greater equity worldwide, and calls researchers to work in ways that support or reflect:

  • authentic partnership
  • inclusion
  • shared benefit
  • a commitment to the future
  • responsiveness to the causes of inequities and
  • humility.

In enacting these principles, ARCH researchers and their collaborators consider how all parties can equitably benefit from and contribute to research projects and how partners can be equitably positioned with respect to each other in research teams. ARCH collaborators intentionally work to be inclusive of populations historically marginalized. 

Please see our list of current and completed projects to learn more about specific ARCH collaborations.

Read about our Founders
Learn about our Partners
Meet our Trainees

Please take a minute to view our video and learn more about ARCH


Founding Researchers

ARCH was founded by four global health researchers at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
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Dr. Heather Aldersey​

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Assistant Professor and Queen’s National Scholar – School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Interim Director – International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation (ICACBR)

Dr. Aldersey's research program focuses on the social construction of disability across cultures, support for people with disabilities and their families, public policy, family innovation, and family quality of life. Within this program, she has particularly focused on experiences of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in African contexts. The ultimate goal of Dr. Aldersey's scholarship is to draw upon local strengths and capabilities to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities and their families globally.


Dr. Susan Bartels

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Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences Queen's University
Emergency Physician, Kingston General Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital

Dr. Bartels is a practicing emergency room physician who is actively involved in global health research, primarily in conflict and disaster affected areas of the world. Her research aims to improve the science and practice of delivering humanitarian aid and her current focus is the impact of war on the health of women and children. Dr. Bartels has completed projects in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Asia and currently holds funding from the World Bank Group / Sexual Violence Research Initiative, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and ELRHA. 

Dr. Bartels collaborates closely with medical, public health and social science colleagues at Queen’s University while also maintaining an affiliation with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and with the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health. Other research partners include colleagues from the International Network for Interdisciplinary Research on Children Born of War and the Columbia Group for Children in Adversity. Dr. Bartels also collaborates closely with local partners in each of the countries where she works. 


Dr. Colleen Davison

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Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences Queen's University

Dr. Davison is a Social Epidemiologist and Population Health Researcher with strong interests in global health, child and adolescent health and the protection of child rights internationally. She combines quantitative, qualitative and community-based participatory methodologies to understand experiences of children and families in adversity, especially focusing on children in remote communities. Her past research projects have been in the Canadian north as well as Jamaica, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Lebanon and Mongolia. She has held appointments as Health Promotion Officer at PAHO/WHO in the Dominican Republic as well as Research Consultant with UNICEF- Mongolia, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health and the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research. Dr. Davison is involved in many global child health projects including leading a CIHR-funded operating grant using deliberative dialogue and arts-based discussion methods to explore wellness journeys with Inuit families in Arviat, Nunavut. 


Dr. Eva Purkey

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Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Queen’s University

Director of Global Health, Department of Family Medicine, Queen’s University
Dr. Purkey is a family physician who received her MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a certificate in International Health. Her clinical and research interests focus on vulnerable populations in Canada and overseas, with an emphasis on women's health. She has worked with refugee populations on the Thai-Burmese border, with aboriginal populations in northern Canada, and with underserved populations in Kingston including seven years at Kingston Community Health Centres where she had a general family practice with intrapartum obstetrics prior to moving to Queen's.  She has a particular interest in the long term effects of childhood adversity.


Our Partners

ARCH collaborates with multidisciplinary individuals, organizations and academic institutions around the world to improve global health equity. We welcome new opportunities to work with students, research teams and organizations who share our vision. 

Interested in discussing collaborative opportunities?  Please contact us!

Our Trainees

One of the key activities of ARCH is capacity development. ARCH faculty are involved in the training and supervision of researchers at many levels, from undergraduate students and graduate students to medical residents.
Learn more about our Trainees