Brenda Parlee, PhD

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

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Resource Economics & Environmental Sociology
Email
brenda.parlee@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-6825
Address
507 General Services Building
9007 - 116 St NW
EdmontonAB
T6G 2H1

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

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


About


Dr. Brenda Parlee is Professor in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences; she held the position of Canada Research Chair in Social Responses to Ecological change between 2007-2017. She joined the department in 2004, graduating with a PhD from the University of Manitoba in Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM) in 2005. Over the last 20 years she has led and enaged in numerous research programs focus, embraced participatory and community-based research methodologies with the aim of elevating local and Indigenous knowledge systems and finding ways to improve the sustainability of natural resources both in Canada and globally.


A key focus of Parleeā€™s work has been on the sustainability of resource development in the arctic; critical attention has been paid to concepts of well-being, social capital and the importance of Indigenous knowledge and participation in natural resource management systems.


She also has a variety of other research focal points including: community-based monitoring, Indigenous knowledge of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and the sustainability of barren-ground and boreal caribou populations. An emerging project on the opportunities and challenges of cooperative management in Alberta will highlight the importance of Indigenous knowledge and best practices for conservation and sustainability.


Dr. Parlee is currently Principal Investigator of SSHRC Partnership Grant (www.trackingchange.ca) - a collaborative research initiative focused on the role of local and Indigenous knowledges in the sustainable governance of the Mackenzie River Basin, the lower Amazon and the lower Mekong River Basins. Dr. Parlee has been involved in numerous initiatives in Canada and internationally; she is currently a coordinating lead author of the Sustainable Use of Wild Species Assessment of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services (IPBES) which will be released in 2021..


For more information see: www.brendaparlee.ca and https://ipbes.net/users/bparlee



Research

Major Research Interests

  • 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 (environmental assessment in northern Canada) 

Courses

R SOC 365 - Sociology of Environment and Development

Examines the relationship between development and environment at the local, regional, national and international levels. Critically discusses development strategies, the environmental and social forces promoting them, and the distribution of environmental and social impacts. Also examines alternative development strategies, sustainable development experiences and relevant international policy.

Fall Term 2022

R SOC 416 - Collaborative and Participatory Research Methods

Designed for students seeking knowledge and skills for applied and collaborative social science research. Draws on diverse methodological theories with emphasis on themes, issues and tools needed for engaged scholarship. Prerequisite: R SOC 365.

Winter Term 2023

R SOC 443 - Resilience and Global Change

This course explores the links between community and environmental sustainability using the lens of social-ecological resilience. What values/beliefs, knowledge, practices and norms have contributed towards the sustainability of local resources and ecosystems? How are small social groups demonstrating resilience in the face of larger scale political, economic, cultural, and environmental change? Drawing on interdisciplinary social science literature, the course critically discusses concepts, theories and issues of resilience from around the globe. Normally offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: *60.

Fall Term 2022

R SOC 516 - Collaborative and Participatory Research Methods

Designed for students seeking knowledge and skills for applied and collaborative social science research. Draws on diverse methodological theories with emphasis on themes, issues and tools needed for engaged scholarship. Not to be taken if credit received for R SOC 416. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Winter Term 2023

R SOC 543 - Resilience and Global Change

This course explores the links between community and environmental sustainability using the lens of social-ecological resilience. What values / beliefs, knowledge, practices and norms have contributed towards the sustainability of local resources and ecosystems? How are small social groups demonstrating resilience in the face of larger scale political, economic, cultural, and environmental change? Drawing on interdisciplinary social science literature, the course critically discusses concepts, theories and issues of resilience from around the globe. Normally offered in alternate years. Not to be taken if credit received for R SOC 443. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Fall Term 2022

R SOC 665 - Sociology of Environment and Development

Examines the relationship between development and environment at the local, regional, national and international levels. Critically discusses development strategies, the environmental and social forces promoting them, and the distribution of environmental and social impacts. Also examines alternative development strategies, sustainable development experiences and relevant international policy. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Not to be taken if credit received for R SOC 365.

Fall Term 2022

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Publications

"These trees have stories to tell” - Linking Denésołiné oral history of caribou use with trample scar frequency on black spruce roots at ɁEda Cho Kué

Author(s): Dokis-Jansen, K., Parlee, B., Łutsël K’e Dene First Nation, Hik, D., Gendreau-Berthiaume, B., MacDonald, E., Stinn, C.
Publication Date: 9/1/2021
Publication: Arctic
Volume: 73
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 1
External Link: https://arctic.ucalgary.ca/arctic-journal

Towards energy security in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region: insights from community members and local residents

Author(s): McKay, Makenzie, Parlee, B. and Parkins, J.
Publication Date: 8/9/2021
Publication: Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability
Volume: Online First
Page Numbers: 1
External Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13549839.2021.1964455

“It’s Important to know about this” - Risk Communication and the Impacts of Chronic Wasting Disease on Indigenous Food Systems in Western Canada

Author(s): Parlee, BL., Ahkimnachie, K., Cunningham, H., Jordan, M. and Goddard, E.
Publication Date: 6/2/2021
Publication: Environmental Science and Policy
Volume: 123
Page Numbers: 190–201
External Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/environmental-science-and-policy/vol/123/suppl/C

The Downstream Impacts of Hydropower Dams and Indigenous and Local Knowledge: Examples from the Peace–Athabasca, Mekong, and Amazon.

Author(s): Baird, I, Silvano, R. Parlee, B., Maclean, B. Napoleon, A., Lepine, M. and Halwass, G.
Publication Date: 1/18/2021
Publication: Environmental Management
Volume: 67
Page Numbers: 682–696
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-020-01418-x

Frequent Flooding and Perceived Adaptive Capacity of Subarctic Kashechewan First Nation, Canada

Author(s): Khalafzai, M. A. K., McGee, T. K. and Parlee, B.
Publication Date: 12/1/2020
Publication: Arctic
Volume: 73
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 433-449
External Link: https://doi.org/10.14430/arctic71586

Fishing Livelihoods in the Mackenzie River Basin: Stories of the Délįne Got’ine

Author(s): Martin, C., Parlee BL., and Neyelle, M.
Publication Date: 9/15/2020
Publication: Sustainability
Volume: 12
Issue: 18
External Link: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/12/19/7888?type=check_update&version=1

Culturally Driven Monitoring: The Importance of Traditional Ecological Knowledge Indicators in Understanding Aquatic Ecosystem Change in the Northwest Territories’ Dehcho Region

Author(s): Stenekes, S., Parlee, BL., and Seixas, C.
Publication Date: 9/15/2020
Publication: Sustainability
Volume: 18
Issue: 5
External Link: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/12/19/7923

Aligning Intentions with Community: Graduate Students Reflect on Collaborative Methodologies with Indigenous Research Partners

Author(s): Wray, K., Soukhaphon, A., Parlee, BL., D’Souza, A., Freitas, C., Heredia, I., Martin, C., Oloriz, C., Proverbs, T., Spicer, N.
Publication Date: 8/1/2020
Publication: Sustainability
Volume: 12
Issue: 18
Page Numbers: 7534
External Link: https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187534

Fishing Livelihoods and Diversifications in the Mekong River Basin in the Context of the Pak Mun Dam, Thailand

Author(s): D’Souza, A. and Parlee, BL
Publication Date: 8/1/2020
Publication: Sustainability
Volume: 12
Issue: 18
Page Numbers: 7438
External Link: https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187438

Towards Biocultural Conservation: Local and Indigenous Knowledge, Cultural Values and Governance of the White Sturgeon (Canada)

Author(s): Oloriz, C. and Parlee, BL.
Publication Date: 8/1/2020
Publication: Sustainability
Volume: 12
Issue: 18
Page Numbers: 7320
External Link: https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187320

Drinking Water Consumption Patterns: An Exploration of Risk Perception and Governance in Two First Nations Communities

Author(s): Spicer, N., Parlee, BL. and Lamaline, D.
Publication Date: 8/1/2020
Publication: Sustainability
Volume: 12
Issue: 17
Page Numbers: 6851
External Link: https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176851

Youth Engagement in Climate Change Action: Case Study on Indigenous Youth at COP24

Author(s): Mackay, M., Parlee BL., and Kaarsgard, C.
Publication Date: 8/1/2020
Publication: Sustainability
Volume: 12
Issue: 16
Page Numbers: 6299
External Link: https://doi.org/10.3390/su12166299

The Politics of a Polar Bear Crash

Author(s): Parlee, BL. and the Inuvialuit Game Council
Publication Date: 5/1/2020
Publication: Arctic Crashes (Krupnik I., and Crowell, A. eds.) Washington DC: Smithsonian Institute
Volume: 1
Page Numbers: 200-215
External Link: https://scholarlypress.si.edu/store/new-releases/arctic-crashes-people-and-animals-changing-north/

Flooding in the James Bay region of Northern Ontario, Canada: Learning from traditional knowledge of Kashechewan First Nation

Author(s): Muhammad, AK., McGee, TK. and Parlee, B.
Publication Date: 5/1/2019
Publication: International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
Volume: 36
External Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420918306988

Beyond the Berger Inquiry: Can Extractive Resource Development Help the Sustainability of Canada's Arctic Communities?

Author(s): Southcott, C., Abele, F., Natcher, D., and Parlee, BL.
Publication Date: 12/1/2018
Publication: Arctic
Volume: 71
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 393-406
External Link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/26567069

Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic

Author(s): Southcott, C., Abele, F., Natcher, D., and Parlee, BL.
Publication Date: 10/4/2018
Publication: Routledge Press
External Link: https://www.routledge.com/Resources-and-Sustainable-Development-in-the-Arctic/Southcott-Abele-Natcher-Parlee/p/book/9781351019101

Well-being and Resource Development in the Arctic

Author(s): Parlee, BL.
Publication Date: 9/1/2018
Publication: Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic. (Southcott, C., Abele, F., Natcher, D., and Parlee, B. eds.). Toronto: Routledge.
External Link: https://www.routledge.com/Resources-and-Sustainable-Development-in-the-Arctic/Southcott-Abele-Natcher-Parlee/p/book/9781351019101

When the Caribou do not come: Indigenous Knowledge and Adaptive Management in the Western Arctic

Author(s): Parlee, BL. and Caine, K.
Publication Date: 5/1/2018
Publication: University of British Columbia Press
External Link: https://www.ubcpress.ca/when-the-caribou-do-not-come

Undermining Subsistence: Barren-ground Caribou in a “Tragedy of Open Access”

Author(s): Parlee, BL., Sandlos, J. and Natcher, D.
Publication Date: 2/28/2018
Publication: Science Advances
Volume: 4
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 1-14
External Link: https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/2/e1701611

How can extractive industry help rather than hurt arctic communities?

Author(s): Southcott, C., Abele, F., Natcher, D., and Parlee, BL.
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic, Routledge Press.
Page Numbers: 290–296
External Link: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781351019101

Stakeholder perspectives on triage in wildlife monitoring in a rapidly changing Arctic

Author(s): Wheeler, H.C., Berteaux, D. Furgal, C. Parlee, BL. Yoccoz, N. and Grémillet, D.
Publication Date: 11/15/2016
Publication: Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Volume: 4
Page Numbers: 12
External Link: https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2016.00128

Caribou consumption in northern Canadian Communities

Author(s): Chiu, A., Goddard, E. and Parlee, B.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Journal of Toxicology & Environ Health, Part A
Volume: 79
Issue: 16-17
Page Numbers: 762-797

Mobilizing to Address the Impacts of Oil Sands Development: First Nations in Environmental Governance in First World Petro-Politics: The Political Ecology and Governance of Alberta

Author(s): Parlee, B
Publication Date: 2016

Gender and the Social Dimensions of Changing Caribou Populations in the Western Arctic. in Living on the Land

Author(s): Parlee, B. and Wray, K
Publication Date: 2016

Avoiding the Resource Curse: Indigenous Communities and Canada’s Oil Sands

Author(s): Parlee, B. L.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: World Development
Volume: 74
Page Numbers: 425-436

Experiences of Opportunity in the Northern Resource Frontier

Author(s): Amati, C., Parlee, B. and Krogman, N.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Northern Review
Volume: 41
Page Numbers: 181-206

Tracking Change: Traditional Knowledge and Wildlife Health Monitoring in Northern Canada

Author(s): Parlee, B., Goddard, E., Smith, M. and Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Human Dimensions of Wildlife.
Volume: 19
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 47-61

Well-being in the Arctic: a synthesis of selected research from the Canadian international polar year

Author(s): Parlee, B. and C. Furgal
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Climatic Change
Volume: 114
Issue: S
Page Numbers: 1-38

Ways we respect caribou: rules in use in Tetl'it Zheh

Author(s): Wray, K. and B. Parlee
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Arctic
Volume: 65
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 1

Enculturation and alcohol use problems among Aboriginal university students

Author(s): Currie, C.L., T.C. Wild, D.P. Schopflocher, L. Laing, P. Veugelers, B. Parlee, D. McKennitt
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
Volume: 56
Issue: 12
Page Numbers: 735-742

A Culturally Appropriate Approach to Civic Engagement: Addressing Forestry and Cumulative Social Impacts in Southwest Yukon

Author(s): Christensen, L., N. Krogman and B. Parlee
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: Forestry Chronicle
Volume: 86
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 723-729

The Dene Way of Life -- Perspectives on Health from Northern Canada

Author(s): Parlee, B., O'Neil, J.D. and Lutsel K'e.
Publication Date: 2007
Publication: Journal of Canadian Studies.
Volume: 41
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 112-133

Indigenous Knowledge of Ecological Variability and Commons Management: A Case Study on Berry Harvesting from Northern Canada

Author(s): Parlee, B., Berkes, F. and Teetl it Gwich in Renewable Resource Council
Publication Date: 2006
Publication: Human Ecology
Volume: 34
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 515-528

Health of the Land, Health of the People: A Case Study on Gwich in Berry Harvesting

Author(s): Parlee, B., Berkes, F. and Teetlit Gwich in Renewable Resource Council
Publication Date: 2005
Publication: EcoHealth
Volume: 2
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 127-137

Understanding and Communicating About Ecological Change: Denesoline Indicators of Ecosystem Health

Author(s): Parlee, B., Manseau, M. and Lutsel Ke Dene First Nation
Publication Date: 2005
Publication: Breaking Ice: Integrated Ocean Management in the Canadian North
Page Numbers: 165-182

Using Traditional Knowledge to Adapt to Change: Denesoline Monitoring of Caribou Movements

Author(s): Parlee, B., Manseau, M. and Lutsel K Dene First Nation
Publication Date: 2005
Publication: Artic
Volume: 58
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 26-37

A Place for Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Resource Management

Author(s): Manseau, M., Parlee, B. and Ayles, B.
Publication Date: 2005
Publication: Breaking Ice: Integrated Ocean Management in the Canadian North
Page Numbers: 141-164