Health & Resource Development

Health & Resource Development is an emerging research theme involving researchers across UNBC and several members of the Ecohealth Knowledge to Action Research Group. This involves a series of collaborations focused on the health, environmental,  and community dynamics of resource development in northern BC, nationally and internationally.

Examples of relevant projects and publications are included here. More details will be forthcoming as these initiatives develop. For more information contact Jamie Reschny

Relevant projects:

  • Knowledge Synthesis: Understanding health impacts of resource extraction and development relevant to northern BC, and strategies to address these impacts through public health practices, policies and procedures. Co-leads Margot Parkes, Henry Harder (UNBC), Sandra Allison (Northern Health). [2015-2018]
  • The ECHO Network (Environment, Community, Health Observatory): Strengthening intersectoral capacity to understand and respond to health impacts of resource development.  The ECHO Network officially launched in May of 2017 in Prince George, BC. More information available here.
  • CIRC Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium, UNBC. Visit the site here.
  • Telling Stories About Storytelling Workshop: Dr. Margot Parkes, Dr. Sarah de Leeuw and team gathered in Smithers, BC to engage in a workshop focused on exploring the utility of storytelling, narrative and new media for health promotion and programming in Aboriginal communities in Northern BC. Funding for the project provided by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). [January 28-29, 2015]

Relevant publications:

Buse, C., Jackson. J., Nowak. N., Fyfe, T., & Halseth, G. (2016). A scoping review on the community impacts of unconventional natural gas development for northern BC [Internet]. Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium. Available here.

Gillingham, M.P., Halseth G.R., Johnson C.J., Parkes, M.W. (Eds.), The Integration Imperative: Cumulative Environmental, Community and Health Effects of Multiple Natural Resource Developments (pp. 3-20). New York. NY: Springer International Publishing AG. Available here.

de Leeuw, S., Parkes, M., Sloan Morgan, V., Christensen, J., Lindsay, N., Mitchell-Foster, K., & Russell, J. (in press). Going Unscripted: A Call to Critically Engage Storytelling Methods and Methodologies in Geography and the Medical-Health Sciences The Canadian Geographer. Accepted 17 July 2016

Parkes, M.W (2016). Cumulative Determinants of Health Impacts in Rural, Remote, and Resource-Dependent Communities. In Gillingham, M.P., Halseth G.R., Johnson C.J., Parkes, M.W. (Eds.), The Integration Imperative: Cumulative Environmental, Community and Health Effects of Multiple Natural Resource Developments (pp. 117-152). New York. NY: Springer International Publishing AG. Available here.

Picketts, I., Parkes M.W., & Dery, S. (in press) Climate change and resource development impacts in watersheds: Insights from the Nechako River Basin, Canada. The Canadian Geographer. Accepted 18 July, 2016.

Tosh, G., & Gislason, M. (in press). Fracking is a feminist issue: An intersectional ecofeminist commentary on natural resource extraction and rape. Psychology of Women Section Review. Pre-publication version available here. 

Resources from our research partners:

Northern Health Office of Health and Resource Development
The Office of Health and Resource Development coordinates Northern Health’s response to inquiries related to natural resource development, including liquid natural gas, oil and gas, mining and other resource extraction activities. It is our goal to work collaboratively with industry, communities and other stakeholders to identify and minimize potential health impacts associated with resource development activities.