I am currently Co-PI on a $2.5M IHACC project (Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate change), funded by the IDRC and tri-councils IRIACC program. This international, interdisciplinary project aims to identify and characterize the vulnerability of Indigenous health systems to climate change and develop interventions to promote adaptation. The work involves participatory research with community partners in the Peruvian Amazon (Shipibo communities), Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda (Batwa pygmy communities), and the Canadian Arctic (Inuit), and close collaboration with researchers and stakeholders in Uganda, Peru and the Arctic. IHACC is currently entering its second year of a longitudinal health survey, and has begun qualitative health systems and vulnerability assessment, as well as policy review. Visit the IHACC website, or click here to watch a short video on the project.
- The burden and determinants of self-reported acute gastrointestinal illness among an Indigenous Batwa-Pygmy population in southwestern Uganda (Epidemiology and Infection, In-press) Clark et al.
- Vulnerability to the health effects of climate change in rural East Africa: a case study from Uganda (Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, In-press) Labbé et al.
- Lived experience of acute gastrointestinal illness in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut: “Just suffer through it” (Social Science and Medicine, 2015) Harper et al.
- Relative Undernourishment and Food Insecurity Associations with Plasmodium falciparum Among Batwa Pygmies in Uganda: Evidence from a Cross – Sectional Survey (The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 2014) Lewnard et al.
- Balancing Indigenous principles and institutional research guidelines for informed consent procedures in Indigenous health research: a case study from the Peruvian Amazon (American Journal of Bioethics, In press) Sherman et al.
- Community vulnerability to the health effects of climate change among Indigenous populations in the Peruvian Amazon: A case study from Panaillo and Nuevo Progresso (Mitigation & Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, In press) Hofmeijer et al.
- Vulnerability of indigenous health to climate change: A case study of Uganda’s Batwa pygmies (Social Science & Medicine, 2012) Berrang-Ford et al.
- Vulnerability of aboriginal health systems in Canada to climate change (Global Environmental Change, 2010) Ford et al.
- Incorporating Scale Dependence in Disease Burden Estimates: The Case of Human African Trypanosomiasis in Uganda (PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 2014) Hackett et al.
- Expert knowledge sourcing for public health surveillance: national tsetse mapping in Uganda. (Social Science and Medicine, 2013) Berrang-Ford et al.
- Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense Sleeping sickness, Uganda (Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2012) Berrang-Ford et al.
- Conflict and human African trypanosomiasis (Social Science & Medicine, 2011) Berrang-Ford et al.
- Sleeping sickness in south- eastern Uganda: a spatio-temporal analysis of disease risk, 1970-2003 (Vector-borne and Zoonotic Diseases, 2010) Berrang-Ford et al.
- The gloomy forebodings of this dread disease: climate, environment and sleeping sickness in East Africa around the turn of the twentieth century (The Geographical Journal, 2009) Enfield et al.
- Civil conflict and sleeping sickness in Africa in general and Uganda in particular(Conflict & Health, 2007) Berrang-Ford
- Spatial analysis of sleeping sickness, South-eastern Uganda, 1970-2003(Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2006) Berrang-Ford et al.
- Sleeping sickness in Uganda: revisiting historical distributions, 1905-1920(African Health Sciences, 2006) Berrang-Ford et al.
- Sleeping sickness in southeastern Uganda: a systems approach(EcoHealth, 2005) Berrang-Ford et al.
- A spatial analysis of individual- and neighbourhood-level determinants of malaria incidence in adults, Ontario, Canada (Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2012) Eckhardt et al.
- Expanding geographical distribution of the mosquito, Culex pipiens, in Canada under climate change (Applied Geography, 2012) Hongoh et al.
- Climate change and dengue: analysis of historical health and environment data for Peru (Tropical Medicine & International Health, 2011) Picard et al.
- Climate change and malaria in Canada: a systems approach (Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Infectious Diseases, 2009) Berrang-Ford et al.
- A review of environmental determinants and risk factors for avian-associated mosquito arboviruses in Canada (Biodiversity, 2009) Hongoh et al.
The Tracking Research on Adaptation to Climate Change Consortium, TRAC3, was launched in 2014 to link a growing network of researchers working to advance approaches for tracking progress on adaption to the impacts of climate change.TRAC3 was created to facilitate new collaborations that address conceptual, methodological, and practical challenges associated with tracking progress on adaptation around the world. TRAC3 was founded by Dr. Lea Berrang-Ford and Dr. James Ford, Associate Professors in the department of Geography at McGill University, and Dr. Robbert Biesboek, Assistant Professor in the department of Social Sciences at Wageningen University (Netherlands). Follow Trac3 on twitter @tradacptcc or click here to be redirected TRAC3′s main website. Related Publications:
- Systematic review approaches for climate change adaptation research (Regional Environmental Change, In-press) Berrang-Ford et al.
- The current status of climate change adaptation in Africa and Asia(Regional Environmental Change, In-press) Ford et al.
- The 4Cs of adaptation tracking: consistency, comparability, comprehensiveness, coherency (Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 2015) Ford and Berrang-Ford.
- Public health adaptation to climate change in Canadian jurisdictions (International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, In-press) Austin et al.
- How are we adapting to climate change? A global assessment (Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, In-press) Lesnikowski et al.
- What drives national adaptation? A global assessment (Climate Change, 2014) Berrang-Ford et al.
- How to Track Adaptation to Climate Change: A Typology of Approaches for National-Level Application (Ecology and Society, 2013) Ford et al.
- Adaptation to climate change in the Ontario public health sector (BMC Public Health, 2012) Paterson et al.
- Are we adapting to climate change? (Global Environmental Change, 2011) Berrang-Ford et al.
- Adapting to health impacts of climate change: a study of UNFCCC Annex I parties (Environmental Research Letters, 2011) Lesnikowski et al.
- Canadian federal support for climate change and health research compared with the risks posed (American Journal of Public Health, 2011) Ford et al.
- A systematic review of observed climate change adaptation in developed nations (Climatic Change, 2011) Ford et al.