Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies

Gender Matters Speaker Series

"Water is Life!: Critical Perspectives on Social and Environmental Justice"

Elijah Bisung (School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University), Heather Castleden (Department of Geography and Planning and Department of Public Health Sciences, Queen’s University), and Deborah McGregor (Osgoode Hall Law School,York University)

Wednesday, January 24th
Mackintosh-Corry Hall D201 (former Geography and Planning Office space)

Professor Elijah Bisung is Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen's University. He is a health geographer whose primary area of research focuses on the social and environmental production of health and wellbeing. His scholarly contributions include collective action for environmental health promotion, environmental stress and psychosocial health, community based participatory research, health systems resilience to climate change, and safe water and sanitation interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa.  He collaborates with researchers, policy makers, and development agencies on research and intervention projects in Kenya, Ghana, and Burkina Faso. His work has been published in venues such as the Journal of Water and Health, the Journal of Public Health, and Social Science and Medicine.

Professor Heather Castleden is a white settler scholar who 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, also known as the HEC Lab. Her work has been published in venues such as the International Journal of Indigenous Health, Health & Place, and Social Science & Medicine

Professor Deborah McGregor is Associate Professor of Law at York University and a cross-appointee with the Faculty of Environmental Studies. Her research has focused on Indigenous knowledge systems and their various applications in diverse contexts including water and environmental governance, environmental justice, forest policy and management, and sustainable development. Dr. McGregor's work has been published in a variety of national and international journals and she has delivered numerous public and academic presentations relating to Indigenous knowledge systems, governance and sustainability. She co-edited Indigenous Peoples and Autonomy: Insights for a Global Age  (2010). She is co-editor of the Anishinaabewin conference proceedings series. Professor McGregor, who is Anishinaabe from Whitefish River First Nation, Birch Island, Ontario.