Chris G. Buse, Ph.D.


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

Adjunct Professor, School of Health Sciences, UNBC

Chris’s interdisciplinary research program focuses on understanding and responding to the health impacts of environmental change (e.g. climate change; resource development). Chris holds a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship (2018-2021) supported by the UBC Centre for Environmental Assessment Research where he is investigating how to incorporate the broader ecological, socio-economic, cultural, and political determinants of health into provincial and federal environmental assessment processes.

Chris was the inaugural Project Lead (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. He held a Postdoctoral Fellowship (2016-2018) through the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research to support his integrative and discipline-spanning research on the cumulative health impacts of resource development across northern BC’s rural and remote communities.

Chris received his PhD in 2015 from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. He 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. As an ‘Ecohealth’ scholar, his research interests operate at the nexus of public health, community development and environmental studies, and include a variety of projects focusing on adaptation to climate change, resource development impacts on rural and remote communities and energy and environmental justice. Given the complexity inherent to his interdisciplinary research program, Chris uses both epidemiological and cutting edge social science research designs with diverse teams to conduct his research. Chris is committed to supporting allied organizations in generating new research evidence on environmental and community health issues, and works intensively with regional public health agencies to move knowledge to action.

Representative Publications

Buse CG. (2018). Why should Canadian public health agencies conduct climate change and health vulnerability assessments? Canadian Journal of Public Health,

Buse CG, Lai V, Cornish K, Parkes MW. (2018). Towards environmental health equity in health impact assessment: Innovations and opportunities. International Journal of Public Health, DOI: 10.1007/s00038-018-1135-1

Buse CG, Smith M, Silva D. (2018). Attending to scalar ethical issues in emerging approaches to environmental health research and practice. Monash Bioethics Review, DOI: 10.1007/s40592-018-0080-3

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. Sustenabilidade em Debate,9(1), 45-65. DOI: 18472/SustDeb.v9n1.2018.28258

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. DOI: 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.

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.

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:

Buse CG. (2015). Health equity, population health, and climate change adaptation in Ontario, Canada. Health Tomorrow, 3, 26-51.

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.

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


  • 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. (2018, November 5). Vulnerability to climate change: Locating health equity during a slow-moving emergency. Making the Links,Kelowna BC.
  • Buse CG. (2018, September 27). What does research on cumulative impacts of resource development look like in practice? Inheritors of the Future Youth Learning Conference, Prince George 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:
  • 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:

Examples of Workshops and Conferences Organized

  • 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.