Rural Economy and Native Studies
Brenda completed her Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Management at the University of Manitoba in 2005. She is currently Assistant Professor and a Canada Research Chair at the University of Alberta.
Her teaching and research activities are interdisciplinary and collaborative involving graduate students, community researchers, elders and fellow scientists alike.
Guided by her experiences growing up in northern Ontario, Parlee’s current work explores the interrelationships between the health and well-being of northern peoples and the “land” and the socio-economic, cultural and healthy implications of environment change (ecological variability, global warming and resource development, wildlife disease).
Over the last ten years Brenda has developed research collaborations in northern Alberta, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon and Nunavut. A key area of interest is on socio-economic and cultural implications of declining barren ground populations in the western arctic.
SSHRC funded case study research from seven communities in the Inuvialuit, Sahtu and Gwich’in regions (2007-2010) are being presented in a co-edited volume (Parlee et. al 2011) involving co-management leaders, graduate students and colleagues from the Inuvialuit Game Council, Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board and Sahtu Renewable Resources Board at the University of Manitoba, Memorial University Trent University and University of Alberta. The volume entitled “Rethinking Caribou”: The Social-Ecological Complexity of Community-Caribou Relations in the Western Arctic” highlight tensions related to traditional knowledge and science, conservation and northern food security and governance with the aim of understanding more about individual, household and community level resilience to the changing availability of this valued resource. A related article can be found in Artic Institute of North America, Vol. 58, No. 1 (2005).