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Laura Jane Brubacher

BSc (Hons.) Biomedical Science

Profile

Laura Jane is currently pursuing a collaborative PhD in Population Medicine and International Development Studies at the University of Guelph, under the co-supervision of Dr. Cate Dewey and Dr. Sherilee Harper. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science in 2015. During her undergraduate degree, she worked on a mixed methods project that analyzed health-seeking behaviour in response to acute gastrointestinal illness among the Indigenous Batwa peoples in Uganda, a population that was recently forcibly evicted from their ancestral lands. It was over the course of this project that she became interested in the importance of place to Indigenous peoples and the influence of displacement, loss of sense of place, on health and well-being.

As such, Laura Jane’s doctoral research will involve understanding the centrality of place and connection to the land in Inuit conceptions of well-being in the Canadian Arctic. She will also be using geospatial epidemiological tools to analyze healthcare access and health-seeking behaviour, and how these are influenced by displacement, in northern health systems.

Research Interests

  • Health and place
  • Indigenous health; circumpolar health
  • Rural and remote health systems; health management
  • Understanding and addressing health inequities, particularly with respect to healthcare access
  • Decolonizing, participatory research methodologies (ie: storytelling, photovoice)