Research projects under this theme relate to understanding how community conditions, e.g. levels of deprivation and inequality, urban-rural location, housing conditions, social cohesion, influence peoples’ health and well-being.

1. Extractive industries and community health

The rapid environmental, socio-cultural, and economic changes experienced in Northern Canada are likely to be exacerbated in the years to come as some of these regions are expected to be the site of large development projects (e.g. mining, oil and gas). By changing community conditions, large-scale economic development is likely to have enormous impacts on the health of the population.

Prof. Riva collaborates with Prof Thierry Rodon, Northern Sustainable Development Research Chair at Université Laval on projects assessing the social impacts of extractive industries in Northern Quebec (Eeyou Istchee, Nunavik), Nordic countries, Australia and New Caledonia. Funding for these projects are from the Fond de recherche du Quebec – Nature et technologies (2014-2017), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2016-2021). Knowledge from these projects is expected to contribute to the identification of locally and culturally relevant mitigation and adaptation strategies to the social and health impacts of large development projects.