Brenda Parlee, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Resource Economics & Environmental Sociology

Pronouns: she, her, hers;


Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Resource Economics & Environmental Sociology
557 General Services Building
9007 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H1


Area of Study / Keywords

community-based natural resource management monitoring capacity-building biodiversity conservation


Dr. Brenda Parlee is an ally/settler scholar located in Treaty #6 Territory of Alberta and the homeland of the Métis (Alberta, Canada).

Parlee is a Professor and UNESCO Co-Chair in Collaboration for Indigenous-Led Research in Biodiversity Conservation, Health and Well-being at the University of Alberta (Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences).  She is the Nominated PI of the NFRF funded project: ⴰⵔⵔⴰⵎⴰⵜ Ărramăt: Biodiversity Conservation and Indigenous Health and Well-being (2022-2027) and PI of Tracking Change: Local & Traditional Knowledge in Watershed Governance (SSHRC-PG) (2011-2019).  She was a coordinating lead author of the IPBES Assessment on Sustainable Use of Wild Species. Parlee held the position of Canada Research Chair in Social Responses to Ecological change between 2007-2017 at the University of Alberta.

Parlee grew up in north-eastern Ontario and joined the University of Alberta in in 2004.  She completed her BA at the University of Guelph, an M.E.S at the University of Waterloo and received her PhD from the University of Manitoba in Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM).  Over the last 25 years, she has led and engaged in numerous research programs, embracing collaborative and community-based research methodologies with the aim of elevating local and Indigenous Knowledge systems and finding ways to improve the sustainability of people and nature both in Canada and globally.


Research  Approach

Parlee's research program is focused on strengthening capacities for community-based research and monitoring and developing opportunities for collaboration with Indigenous organizations and governments. She has a strong focus on interdisciplinary issues of ecosystem and human health and well-being both in Canada and internationally. A key focus of her work has been on biodiversity conservation, the sustainability of resource development in the arctic as well as issues of wildlife population, health and management.  She has published more than 150 journal articles and books highlighting the importance of Indigenous Knowledge, leadership and participation in natural resource management; themes have included mining impacts on well-being and culture, community-based monitoring, wildlife disease risk, freshwater ecosystem health, sustainability of barren-ground and boreal caribou populations, youth engagement in action for biodiversity conservation.

Major Research Interests

  • collaboration for biodiversity conservation and Indigenous health and well-being
  • community-based natural resource management and community-based monitoring
  • health and well-being of Indigenous communities;
  • social-ecological systems and resilience;
  • participatory and collaborative research methodologies;
  • assessment, monitoring and management of resource development;
  • public involvement processes in natural resource management (e.g., environmental assessment in northern Canada) 

Featured Publications

Dokis-Jansen, K., Parlee, B., Łutsël K’e Dene First Nation, Hik, D., Gendreau-Berthiaume, B., MacDonald, E., Stinn, C.

Arctic. 2021 September; 73 (3):1

McKay, Makenzie, Parlee, B. and Parkins, J.

Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. 2021 August; Online First

Parlee, BL., Ahkimnachie, K., Cunningham, H., Jordan, M. and Goddard, E.

Environmental Science and Policy . 2021 June; 123

Baird, I, Silvano, R. Parlee, B., Maclean, B. Napoleon, A., Lepine, M. and Halwass, G.

Environmental Management. 2021 January; 67

Khalafzai, M. A. K., McGee, T. K. and Parlee, B.

Arctic. 2020 December; 73 (4):433-449

Martin, C., Parlee BL., and Neyelle, M.

Sustainability . 2020 September; 12 (18)

Stenekes, S., Parlee, BL., and Seixas, C.

Sustainability . 2020 September; 18 (5)

Wray, K., Soukhaphon, A., Parlee, BL., D’Souza, A., Freitas, C., Heredia, I., Martin, C., Oloriz, C., Proverbs, T., Spicer, N.

Sustainability. 2020 August; 12 (18):7534

D’Souza, A. and Parlee, BL

Sustainability. 2020 August; 12 (18):7438

Oloriz, C. and Parlee, BL.

Sustainability. 2020 August; 12 (18):7320

Spicer, N., Parlee, BL. and Lamaline, D.

Sustainability . 2020 August; 12 (17):6851

Mackay, M., Parlee BL., and Kaarsgard, C.

Sustainability . 2020 August; 12 (16):6299

Parlee, BL. and the Inuvialuit Game Council

Arctic Crashes (Krupnik I., and Crowell, A. eds.) Washington DC: Smithsonian Institute. 2020 May; 1

Muhammad, AK., McGee, TK. and Parlee, B.

International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 2019 May; 36

Southcott, C., Abele, F., Natcher, D., and Parlee, BL.

Arctic. 2018 December; 71 (4):393-406

Southcott, C., Abele, F., Natcher, D., and Parlee, BL.

Routledge Press. 2018 October;

Parlee, BL.

Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic. (Southcott, C., Abele, F., Natcher, D., and Parlee, B. eds.). Toronto: Routledge.. 2018 September;

Parlee, BL. and Caine, K.

University of British Columbia Press. 2018 May;

Parlee, BL., Sandlos, J. and Natcher, D.

Science Advances. 2018 February; 4 (2):1-14

Southcott, C., Abele, F., Natcher, D., and Parlee, BL.

Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic, Routledge Press.. 2018 January;

Wheeler, H.C., Berteaux, D. Furgal, C. Parlee, BL. Yoccoz, N. and Grémillet, D.

Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 2016 November; 4

Chiu, A., Goddard, E. and Parlee, B.

Journal of Toxicology & Environ Health, Part A. 2016 January; 79 (16-17):762-797

Parlee, B

2016 January;

Parlee, B. and Wray, K

2016 January;

Parlee, B. L.

World Development. 2015 January; 74

Amati, C., Parlee, B. and Krogman, N.

Northern Review. 2015 January; 41

Parlee, B., Goddard, E., Smith, M. and Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation

Human Dimensions of Wildlife.. 2014 January; 19 (1):47-61

Parlee, B. and C. Furgal

Climatic Change. 2012 January; 114 (S):1-38

Wray, K. and B. Parlee

Arctic. 2012 January; 65 (4):1

Currie, C.L., T.C. Wild, D.P. Schopflocher, L. Laing, P. Veugelers, B. Parlee, D. McKennitt

Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 2011 January; 56 (12):735-742

Christensen, L., N. Krogman and B. Parlee

Forestry Chronicle. 2010 January; 86 (6):723-729

Parlee, B., O'Neil, J.D. and Lutsel K'e.

Journal of Canadian Studies.. 2007 January; 41 (3):112-133

Parlee, B., Berkes, F. and Teetl it Gwich in Renewable Resource Council

Human Ecology. 2006 January; 34 (4):515-528

Parlee, B., Berkes, F. and Teetlit Gwich in Renewable Resource Council

EcoHealth. 2005 January; 2 (2):127-137

Parlee, B., Manseau, M. and Lutsel Ke Dene First Nation

Breaking Ice: Integrated Ocean Management in the Canadian North. 2005 January;

Parlee, B., Manseau, M. and Lutsel K Dene First Nation

Artic. 2005 January; 58 (1):26-37

Manseau, M., Parlee, B. and Ayles, B.

Breaking Ice: Integrated Ocean Management in the Canadian North. 2005 January;

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