Sherilee Harper, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Public Health

Contact

Associate Professor, School of Public Health
Email
sherilee.harper@ualberta.ca

Overview

About

My research investigates associations between weather and Indigenous health in the context of climate change. I collaborate with Indigenous partners to prioritize climate-related health actions, planning, interventions, and research.

I am co-lead the Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change (IHACC) program, an international research initiative that works closely with Indigenous peoples and their organizations in the Canadian Arctic, Ugandan Impenetrable Forest, and the Peruvian Amazon. The program aims to utilize science and Indigenous knowledge to strengthen health systems in light of a rapidly changing climate, within three areas of foci: food security; malaria; and foodborne and waterborne disease. 


Degrees
PhD, University of Guelph, 2013
MSc, University of Guelph, 2009


Keywords 

  • climate change and health
  • climate change adaptation
  • Indigenous peoples' health
  • community-led research; community-based, participatory research
  • social and environmental epidemiology
  • mixed (qualitative and quantitative) research methods
  • Inuit Nunangat; Uganda; Peru


Research Service



Courses

SPH 501 - Determinants of Health

Students will be expected to apply knowledge of selected social determinants of health to multi-level interventions to improve health of individuals, communities, and populations. The course takes an ecological approach to the analysis of health needs and the design of public health actions. Students will apply key social science theories to the analysis of social determinants of health. May contain alternate delivery sections; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar.

Fall Term 2021 Fall Term 2022

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Scholarly Activities

Research - Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change (IHACC)

Ended: 2021

Funded by CIHR Team Grant

IHACC

Publications

Adaptation financing for projects focused on food systems through the UNFCCC
Author(s): Conevska, A., Ford, J., Lesnikowski, A., Harper, S.L.
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Climate Policy
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/14693062.2018.1466682
How are perceptions associated with water consumption in Canadian Inuit? A cross-sectional survey in Rigolet, Labrador
Author(s): Wright, C.J., Sargeant, J.M., Edge, V.L., Ford, J.D., Farahbakhsh, K., Shiwak, I., Flowers, C., Gordon, A.C., RICG, IHACC Research Team (Berrang-Ford, L., Carcamo, C., Llanos, A., Lwasa, S., Namanya, D.B.), Harper, S.L.
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Science of The Total Environment
Volume: 618
Issue: 15
Page Numbers: 369-378
External Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969717329625
Multiple non-climatic drivers of food insecurity reinforce climate change maladaptation trajectories among Peruvian Indigenous Shawi in the Amazon
Author(s): Zavaleta, C., Berrang-Ford, L., Ford, J., Llanos-Cuentas, A., Carcamo, C., Ross, N., Lancha, G., Sherman, M., Harper, S.L., IHACC Research Team
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: PLoS ONE
Volume: 13
Issue: 10
External Link: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0205714
Participatory scenario planning and climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability research in the Arctic
Author(s): Flynn, M., Ford, J., Pearce, T., Harper, S.L., IHACC Research Team
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Environmental Science & Policy
Volume: 79
Page Numbers: 45-53
External Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901116309212
Preparing for the health impacts of climate change in Indigenous communities: The role of community-based adaptation
Author(s): Ford, J.D., Sherman, M., Berrang-Ford, L., Llanos, A., Carcamo, C., Harper, S.L., Lwasa, S., Namanya, D.B., Marcello, T., Maillet, M., Edge, V.
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Global Environmental Change
Volume: 49
Page Numbers: 129-139
External Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378016304447