Margot Parkes bio

Margot Parkes is a Professor in the School of Health Sciences, cross-appointed in the northern Medical Program at the University of Northern British Columbia and is also an honorary Professor at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, at the University of Otago, in Aotearoa/New Zealand. She was born in Aotearoa/New Zealana and has been privileged to live, work and learn on Lheidli T’enneh Territoryin northern BC since 2009. In all her work, Margot works with others – across sectors, disciplines and cultural contexts – to enhance understanding of land, water and living systems (ecosystems) as foundational for health and well-being. Dr. Parkes’s research connects social and ecological determinants of health, especially in rural, remote and Indigenous communities, with a focus on integrative, partnered and Indigenous-informed approaches. She is founding co-lead of the Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health (CoPEH-Canada) and also research co-lead of the Environment, Community, Health Observatory Network, a pan-Canadian and international network. The ECHO Network focuses on the cumulative health impacts of complex health, equity and ecological challenges of issues such as resource extraction, climate change and watershed governance.