Heather Castleden is a white Settler scholar-ally, trained as a health geographer. She undertakes community-based participatory research (CBPR) in partnership with (often) Indigenous peoples, communities, organizations, and Nations, on their priority issues that fall within her thematic areas of expertise: the nexus of cultures, places, power/resistance, and relational ethics. Prior to her current joint appointment in the Department of Geography and Planning and the Department of Public Health Sciences at Queen’s University, she earned tenure at Dalhousie University in the School for Resource and Environmental Studies (2009-2015).
Dr. Castleden is also the Director of the Health, Environment, and Communities Research Lab (HEC Lab) that focuses on reconciliatory, respectful, reciprocal, and responsible CBPR. The HEC Lab is committed to equity-oriented projects that apply social, environmental, and health lenses, and our work comes together through intersections of cultures, places, power/resistance, and relational ethics using innovative, decolonizing research methodologies.