• Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change: Uganda study site, Photo credit: IHACC group

About the lab

The climate and health research unit is based in the Priestley International Centre for Climate at the University of Leeds, and is a joint collaboration between the Leeds School of Earth and Environment, and the Leeds Institute for Health Sciences. Led by Dr Lea Berrang Ford, the group’s research takes place at the interface between science and policy, with a strong focus on health, climate change vulnerability and adaptation and among Indigenous populations in particular.

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Professor Berrang Ford has moved to Leeds University in England. She is now working as the Chair in Climate and Health at the Priestly International Centre for Climate. In this position she will work to better understand how we can adjust existing health and social systems to be more climate-resilient. That means understanding how health and social systems interact with climate and weather. We know surprisingly little about those interactions. That will be one of my key areas of focus at Leeds. – Lea Read more about the new appointment here.Read More →

Last December, the project ‘Climate Change and Indigenous Food System, Food Security, and Food Safety (Climate Change IFS3)’ was awarded  CIHR’s Environments and Health team grant. The project was led by our colleague Dr. Sherilee Harper, based at University of Guelph. Climate Change IFS3 will be funded for a 5-year period, and will build upon community partnerships with Inuit (Canada), Batwa (Uganda), and Shawi (Peru) populations that were established throughout IHACC’s research program. Climate Change IFS3 has 3 research pillars: Community-driven environment and health surveillance, Projecting climate change impacts on agri-health outcomes, and Developing place-based adaptation pathways.   A full description of the proposed project can be found hereRead More →

Last December, Dr. Lea Berrang Ford was officially awarded the Canada Research Chair -Tier 2- in Global Health and Environmental Change.  CRCs are granted to “outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields” (source: Meaghan Thurston, McGill reporter, full article available here). Congratulations Lea!Read More →

In September 2016, Margot travelled to Merida, Mexico, to take part in the 23rd annual Regular Session of the Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America. This year’s Council session focused on youth involvement in the areas of ecosystems and climate change. Margot was invited to be part of Canada’s youth delegation to participate and share some of her research findings during the public town hall session of the event. More information about the CEC activities available here  Read More →

MA student Malcolm Araos talked with Stephen Buranyi from Vice Magazine this month to discuss the results of his masters research. Malcolm collected and analyzed climate change adaptations from more than 400 cities worldwide, and found that only a handful of cities are actually preparing for climate change. See the Vice article here. Read Malcolm’s research articles here: Climate change adaptation planning in large cities: A systematic global assessment Public Health Adaptation to Climate Change in Large Cities: A Global Baseline And keep your eye out for a third publication from Malcolm’s masters, focusing on adaptation planning in Dhaka, Bangladesh.Read More →

McGill Geography MA student Dylan Clark’s masters research was in the news this week. Dylan’s work, which builds on environmental epidemiology tools to model weather impacts on search and rescue events in the Arctic, was published recently in the journal Public Health. Dylan is supervised by Dr. James Ford, and Dr. Lea Berrang Ford was a committee advisor for his quantitative analysis. See the CBC article here. See the research article here.Read More →

Joe Lewnard, who began his environmental epidemiology training in the McGill Geographical and Environmental Epidemiology Lab, contributes to international risk assessment and planning for Zika during the Brazil Olympics this month. See the CBC article here. See a related article by Joe in The WIRE here. More information on Joe can be found on his website.Read More →

I was pleased to be selected as one of the speakers for McGill’s Mini-Science 2016: Weather and Climate: Going to Extremes. My lecture focused on the widely held recognition that the global climate is changing and that societies will need to adapt. Using results obtained through the IHACC and TRAC3 projects (1: Ford, Berrang-Ford; 2: Lesnikowsk, Ford, Biesbroek, Berrang-Ford, Heymann), my lecture explored the implications of the dispersion of global funds to support adaptation. With $20-64 billion in fast-tracked funding already being invested, the 2015 Paris Agreement will increase this amount to $100 billion annually by 2020. Canada is among the largest adaptation donors toRead More →

I am pleased to congratulate lab member Isha Berry on her recent publication in Social Science & Medicine! The article, entitled Leishmaniasis, conflict, and political terror: A spatio-temporal analysis, examines Leishmaniasis’ relationship to terror or political conflict. Isha’s study joins some of the few key quantitative examinations as to how Leishmaniasis coincides with conflict or political terror. Currently pursuing graduate studies at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, this study is one of the great to come from Isha. You can find the article here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.04.038 Full citation: Berry, I., & Berrang-Ford, L. (May 01, 2016). Leishmaniasis, conflict, and political terror: A spatio-temporalRead More →

The lab is pleased to announce that Blanaid Donnelly successfully defended her PhD thesis this past week. Congratulations to Blanaid! Our lab network has one more alumni, and we look forward to supporting you in your next endeavour. Blanaid’s thesis is titled, “Livestock livelihoods and Indigenous health vulnerability in Kanungu District, Uganda.” Blanaid has two articles published, and two more in preparation. Blanaid’s past publications include Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasitaemia among indigenous Batwa and non-indigenous communities of Kanungu district, Uganda and A systematic, realist review of zooprophylaxis for malaria control. Summer plans for the lab are quite exciting and we could not have had aRead More →