Chris G. Buse, Ph.D. | chris.buse@ubc.ca

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Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Environmental Assessment Research, University of British Columbia (Sponsored by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research)

Adjunct Professor, School of Health Sciences, UNBC

Adjunct Professor, Northern Medical Program, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

I study intersectoral responses to the health impacts of environmental change using social science, epidemiological and community-engaged research strategies. My goal is to understand environmental health outcomes that manifest as a result of dynamic interactions between sociocultural, economic and ecological systems. Through a range of policy- and practice-relevant projects, my research responds to some the world’s most pressing sustainability and equity challenges.

I currently hold a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship (2018-2021) at the UBC Centre for Environmental Assessment Research (CEAR) with three areas of research concentration: [1] piloting integrative impact assessment methods to understand the cumulative environment, community and health impacts of multiple land uses; [2] developing intersectoral policy to incorporate ecological, socio-economic, cultural, and political determinants of health into provincial and federal environmental assessment processes; and [3] public health adaptation to climate change.

I was the inaugural Lead and Steering Committee Chair (2015-2018) for the Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium–a research and outreach initiative at the University of Northern British Columbia seeking to understand the cumulative environmental, community and health impacts associated with resource development. During this time, I held a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship (2016-2018) that supported my integrative and discipline-spanning research on the cumulative health impacts of resource development across northern BC’s rural and remote communities.

I received my PhD in 2015 from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and completed a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Alberta.

Representative Publications

Buse CG, Poland B, Haluza-Delay R, Wong J. (2019). “We’re all brave pioneers on this road”: Climate change adaptation activities among public health units in Ontario, Canada. Critical Public Health, published online in advance of print version: https://doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2019.1682123

Howard C, Buse C, Rose C, MacNeill A, Parkes M. (2019). Lancet Countdown 2019 Report: Briefing for Canadian Policymakers. London UK: University College of London and the Lancet. Available: https://storage.googleapis.com/lancet-countdown/2019/11/Lancet-Countdown_Policy-brief-for-Canada_FINAL.pdf

Buse CG, Smith M, Silva D. (2018). Attending to scalar ethical issues in emerging approaches to environmental health research and practice. Monash Bioethics Review, 37(1-2):4-21, https://doi.org/10.1007/s40592-018-0080-3

Buse CG, Sax M, Nowak N, Jackson J, Fresco T, Fyfe T, Halseth G. (2019). Community impacts of unconventional natural gas across the supply chain: A scoping review. Extractive Industries and Society, 6(2), 620-629, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2019.03.002.

Parkes MW, Allison S, Harder H, Hoogeveen D, Kutzner D, Aalhus A, Adams E, Beck L, Brisbois B, Buse CG,et al. (2019). Addressing the environmental, community and health impacts of resource development: Challenges across scales, sectors and sites. Challenges, 10(22): 1-27, https://doi.org/10.3390/challe10010022.

Buse CG, Lai V, Cornish K, Parkes MW. (2019). Towards environmental health equity in health impact assessment: Innovations and opportunities. International Journal of Public Health,64(1): 15-26, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00038-018-1135-1.

Poland B, Buse CG, Antze P, Haluza-Delay R, Ling C, Newman L, Teelucksingh C, Cohen R, Hasdell R, Hayes K, Massot S, Zook M. (2019). The emergence of the Transition Movement in Canada: Successes and impact through the eyes of initiative leadership. Local Environment, 24(3), 180-200, https://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2018.1555579

Brisbois BW, Reschny J, Fyfe T, Harder H, Parkes MW, Allison S, Buse CG, Fumerton R, Oke B. (2019). Mapping research on resource extraction and health: A scoping review. Extractive Industries and Society, 6(1): 250-259, https://10.1016/j.exis.2018.10.017.

Buse CG. (2018). Why should Canadian public health agencies conduct climate change and health vulnerability assessments? Canadian Journal of Public Health, 109(5), 782-785, https://doi.org/17269/s41997-018-0118-6.

Oestreicher JS, Buse C, Brisbois B, Patrick R, Jenkins A, Kingsley J, Tevora R, Fatorelli L. (2018). Where ecosystems, people and health meet: Academic traditions and emerging fields for research and practice. Sustainability in Debate,9(1), 45-65, http://periodicos.unb.br/index.php/sust/article/view/16698/14980

Buse CG, Oestereicher JS, Ellis N, Patrick R, Brisbois B, Jenkins AP, McKellar K, Kingsley JY, Gislason M, Galway LP, Macfarlane R, Walker J, Frumkin H, Parkes M. (2018). A public health guide to field developments linking ecosystems, environments and health in the Anthropocene. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health,72(5), 420-425, https://doi.org/10.1136/jech-2017-210082.

Gislason M, Buse C, Dolan S, Parkes M, Tosh J, Woolard B. (2017). The complex impacts of intensive resource extraction on women, children and Aboriginal peoples: Towards contextually-informed approaches to climate change and health. In M.G. Cohen (ed.) Climate change, gender and labour in rich countries. New York, NY: Routledge, pp. 215-230.

[Listed as Authorless*] (2017). Aspirational statement from the One Health Ecohealth 2016 Congress in Melbourne, Victoria: Towards a healthier future through converging communities of inquiry and practice. Ecohealth, 14(2), 197-199, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10393-017-1218-0

Buse C. (2016). Are climate change adaptation policies a game changer? A case study using perspectives from public health officials in Ontario, Canada. In M. Bouzid (ed.) Examining the Role of Environmental Change on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Pandemics. Norwich: IGI Global, pp. 230-257.

Teelucksingh C, Poland B, Buse CG, Hasdell R. (2016). Environmental justice in the ENGO landscape of Toronto. Canadian Geographer, 60(3), 381-393, https://doi.org/10.1111/cag.12278

Buse CG, Jackson J, Nowak N, Halseth G, Fyfe T. (2016). A scoping review on the community impacts of unconventional natural gas development for northern BC: A closer look at policy, regulatory and governance strategies to maximize benefits and mitigate harms. Prince George, BC: University of Northern British Columbia. Available at:  http://www.unbc.ca/sites/default/files/sections/cumulative-impacts/circknowledgesynthsis-ungpolicyandregulation.pdf

Buse CG. (2015). Health equity, population health, and climate change adaptation in Ontario, Canada. Health Tomorrow, 3, 26-51, https://ht.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/ht/article/view/40177/36364

Buse C, Teelucksingh C, Hasdell R. (2015). Seeking explanations for the ‘wind turbine syndrome’ debate in Ontario, Canada: Contributions from procedural justice in the form of community power. In S. Thompson, C. Ling and R. Katz-Rosen (eds.) Sustainability Soup. Waterloo, ON: Environmental Studies Association of Canada, pp. 33-55.

Berry P, Patterson J, Buse C.  (2014). Assessing health vulnerability to climate change in Middlesex-London. City of London: Middlesex-London Health Unit. Full Report

Buse C. (2013). Intersectoral action for health equity as it relates to climate change in Canada: Contributions from critical systems heuristics. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 19(6), 1095-1100, https://doi.org/10.1111/jep.12069

Academic Fellowships

  • 2018-2021, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, University of British Columbia
  • 2016-2018, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, University of Northern British Columbia
  • 2013-2014, Research Associate, Lupina Comparative Program on Health and Society, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
  • 2012-2014, Doctoral Fellow, Transition Emerging Study, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
  • 2012-2013, Lupina Senior Doctoral Fellow, Lupina Comparative Program on ealth and Society, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
  • 2011-2013, Doctoral Fellow, CIHR Strategic Training Program in Public Health Policy, University of Toronto
  • 2009-2014, University of Toronto Open Fellowship, University of Toronto

Awards

  • 2018, Prince George Top 40 Under 40, Prince George Chamber of Commerce
  • 2017,  Ecohealth Knowledge Translation Award, International Association for Ecology and Health
  • 2016, CIHR Travel Award, Canadian Institutes for Health Research
  • 2012, Best Research Poster, Dalla Lana School of Public Health Student Research and Practice Day, University of Toronto

Sample Invited Presentations

  • Buse CG. (2019, November 15). The Lancet Countdown on Climate Change and Health: Report on the 2019 policy brief for Canadian decision-makers. Public Health Association of BC, Vancouver BC.
  • Buse CG. (2019, October 28). Health equity in a warming world: Clarifying our imperative for public health. Livable Cities Forum, Victoria BC.
  • Buse CG, Oestreicher JS. (2019, May 16). Integrative imperatives for planetary health. InVivo Planetary Health Conference, Detroit, MI.
  • Gyapay J, Parkes MW, Buse CG. (2019, April 9). Climate change and health in resource-dependent communities: Exploring frameworks and perspectives from Northern British Columbia. Health Research Institute Seminar Series, Prince George BC.
  • Buse CG. (2019, February 3). Cumulative health impacts: Beyond toxicological risk. Children’s Environmental Health Collaborative Annual Meeting, Fredericton, NB.
  • Gislason M, Buse CG. (2018, November 6). Communicating climate change and its health impacts in the Canadian provincial north. Making the Links,Kelowna BC.
  • Buse CG. (2018, November 5). Vulnerability to climate change: Locating health equity during a slow-moving emergency. Making the Links,Kelowna BC.
  • Buse CG. (2018, September 26). What’s a ‘cumulative impact’, anyways? Understanding and responding to the environmental, community and health impacts of resource development. Bulkley-Valley Research Centre Lecture Series, Smithers BC.
  • Buse CG. (2018, May 18). Exploring the environmental, community and health impacts of resource development across Northern British Columbia. SFU School of Health Sciences Occupational and Environmental Health Research Seminar Series, Vancouver BC.
  • Buse CG. (2018, January 15). New horizons in health impact assessment. UNBC Health Research Institute Symposia, Prince George BC. Available: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l9MpDXCDhA
  • Buse CG, Parkes MW. (2017, October 1). Cumulative impacts of resource development across time and space: Exploring practical implications of the ‘integration imperative’. Rural Alberta Innovation and Development Commons Annual Conference, Olds AB.
  • Buse CG. (2017, February 23). Cumulative environmental, community and health impacts of resource development. Association of BC Professional Foresters Annual Meeting, Prince George BC.
  • Buse CG. (2016, September 26). Deploying ecohealth principles to understand the cumulative impacts of resource development in northern British Columbia. Under Western Skies, Calgary AB.
  • Buse CG. (2016, March 26). What’s health got to do with it? Exploring BC’s unconventional natural gas sector through the lens of community and health impacts. Innovation and Development Commons Brown Bag Lunch Webinar Series, Prince George BC.
  • Buse CG. (2016, March 2). Towards integrated efforts to identify the cumulative impacts of resource development across northern BC. Canadian Institute Conference on Cumulative Effects and the Future of Natural Resource Development, Vancouver BC.
  • Buse CG. (2014, November 4). Locating social equity in resilient cities. Special session on Urbanism, Health and the Growth of Megacities: When is more, more? Pandemic of Health Global Conference, Toronto ON.
  • Buse CG. (2014, February 28). Climate Change + Policy Change = Game Change? Ontario’s Public Health Policy Response to the International Climate Crisis. CIHR Strategic Training Program in Public Health Policy Monthly Policy Rounds, University of Toronto, Toronto ON. Available: https://media.library.utoronto.ca/play.php?39LdMtdIaxEE&id=18096&access=public

Examples of Workshops and Conferences Organized

  • Faure A, Surette C, Buse CG. (2019, February 6). Cumulative impacts of resource development in New Brunswick, Canada. Children’s Environmental Health Collective Annual Meeting. Fredericton, NB.
  • Buse C, Wilson M, Sax M, Connolly M. (2018, January 18-19). Cumulative impacts of resource development policy symposium. Supported by PICS and the ECHO Network. Prince George, BC.
  • Buse C, Wilson M, O’Toole R, Baddeley J, Gothreau J, Sharma-Gauli B. (2017, April 28). Youth perspectives on environmental, community and health values in the Nechako Region. Supported by the Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium and the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, Vanderhoof BC.
  • Wilson M, Delorey R, Buse C. (2016, November 29). Cumulative impacts assessment and management workshop. Supported by the Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium and the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, Fort St. John BC.
  • Buse C. (2015, October 2-3). Launch of the Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium. Two-day workshop hosted by the Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium, Prince George BC.
  • Gislason M, Parkes MW, Buse C, Allison S, Yates MJ. (2014, August 12). Bridging EcoHealth and public health competencies. Pre-conference workshop. Presentation at International Conference for Ecology and Health, Montreal QC, August 11-15, 2014.
  • Buse C, Schwartz R, Smith B, Bytautus J, Mah C. (2012, June 12).  Public health policy nexus for leadership: Using pods for meaningful policy, practice, research collaboration. Presentation made at the CPHA 2012 Annual Conference: Creating and sustaining healthy environments, Edmonton, AB.
  • Buse C, Hasdell R, Poland B. (2010, October 1). Using arts-based approaches to engage with social and environmental justice concepts in ‘the classroom. Presentation at the 5th Annual Dalla Lana School of Public Health Student-led Conference: The art of public health, Toronto, ON.