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Dean, School of Arctic & Subarctic Studies, Labrador Institute, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo is the founding Dean of the School of Arctic & Subarctic Studies at Labrador Institute of Memorial University, working together with the Inuit and Innu of Labrador to re-envision research, education, and outreach by and for the North. A passionate researcher and environmental advocate, Ashlee works with research, education, and policy to make a difference in how we live in this world. As a community-engaged social science and health researcher, she has had the honour of working with Indigenous communities and leaders across Canada on a variety of community-led and community-identified research initiatives, ranging from climate change impacts on physical and mental health, cultural reclamation and intergenerational knowledge transmission, land-based education and healing programs, Indigenization and decolonization of higher education, and ecological grief and mourning. Before becoming the Director of the Labrador Institute, Ashlee was a Canada Research Chair in the Determinants of Healthy Communities and Associate Professor at Cape Breton University. She has been recognized nationally and internationally for her community-led research and science outreach, including being inducted as one of the inaugural members of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists and being chosen as one of the founding members of Nature Canada's 75 Women for Nature. She has given over 250 talks, and her work is regularly featured in national and international news media.


  • –present
    Director, Labrador Institute of Memorial University Cross-Appointed, Community Health & Humanities, Memorial University of Newfoundland


Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists