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Diana Lewis


Diana Lewis
Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology

Email: Diana.Lewis@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-6755
Mailing Address: 
Room 3119, McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue
PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Social justice and inequality
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Environmental health
  • Indigenous methodology
  • Embodiment
  • Social statistics

Cross appointment

  • Canadian Studies
  • International Development Studies


  • BA, McMaster University
  • MREM, Dalhousie University
  • PhD (Candidate), Dalhousie University

Research interests

Diana, as a Mi’kmaq woman, has focused her research on environmental health and impact assessment. She has worked for First Nation governments, provincial and federal governments, as well as the private and non-profit sectors before coming to Dalhousie University and is well connected with the local Indigenous communities. Using a community-based participatory research approach, she works with communities on priority areas they identify. Diana participated on the Mi’kmaq Fracking Technical Committee, which presented to the Nova Scotia Independent Review Panel on Hydraulic Fracturing in 2014. She has prepared submissions to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board on behalf of FemNorthNet and the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women. In May, she was one of five Canadians chosen to participate in a two-week “Spring Institute for New Global Health Researchers” supported by the World Health Organization, the Mongolian Ministry of Health, and the Canadian Coalition of Global Health Researchers, funded by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, in Mongolia.

Selected publications

  • Castleden, H., Martin, D., & Campbell, D. (2015). From embedded in to marginalized out of place: Indigenous peoples’ experience of health in Canada. Giesbrecht, M.D.  & Crooks, V. A. (Eds.). Place, Health & Diversity: A Canadian Perspective. Ashgate Press, United Kingdom (In Publication)
  • Lewis Campbell, D., Castleden, H., Francis, S., Strickland, K. & Denny, C. (2015). Increasing response rates on face-to-face surveys with Indigenous communities in Canada: Lessons from Pictou Landing. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. (In publication).
  • Masuda, J.R., Abernethy, P.K., David, L. & Lewis, D. (2015). Mobilities of wellbeing in children's health promotion: Confronting urban settings in geographically informed theory and practice. Ergler, C.R., Kearns, R. & Witten, K. (Eds.). Children's health and wellbeing in urban environments. Ashgate Publishing, United Kingdom (Accepted, under revision).