Diana Lewis

Lecturer; Coordinator, Indigenous Studies Program

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, renewable energy, and climate change. Using a community-based participatory research approach, Diana conducts research with First Nation communities, governments, and Indigenous organizations on priority areas they identify. She recently prepared a climate change report exploring impacts, including health impacts, on First Nation water and wastewater systems, the Aboriginal fishery, and aquaculture operations. Diana participated on the Mi’kmaq Fracking Technical Committee, which presented to the Nova Scotia Independent Review Panel on Hydraulic Fracturing in 2014. She developed several Environmental Assessment Toolkits for use when dealing with energy, mining, and nuclear waste management in traditional territories. 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. Her doctoral research looks at the impacts of a pulp and paper mill on the Pictou Landing First Nation.

Selected publications

  • Castleden, H., Bennett, E., Group, P., Lewis, D., & Martin, D. (2017). "Put It Near the Indians": Indigenous Perspectives on Pulp Mill Contaminants in Their Traditional Territories (Pictou Landing First Nation, Canada). Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 11(1), 23-24.
  • Masuda, J., Abernethy, P., David, L. & Lewis, D. (2017). Mobilities of wellbeing in children’s environmental health equity: Confronting urban-rural dichotomies through practice perspectives. In Ergler, C. & Kearns, R. (Eds.). Children’s health and wellbeing in urban environments. Geographies of Health series for Ashgate Press.
  • Lewis, D., Castleden, H., Francis, S., Strickland, K., Denny, C. & Pictou Landing Native Women’s Group. (2016). Increasing response rates on face-to-face surveys with Indigenous communities in Canada: Lessons from Pictou Landing. Progress in Community Health Partnerships, Vol. 10(2), p. 197-205.
  • Castleden, H.  Martin, D., & Lewis, D. (2016). From embedded in to marginalized out of place: Indigenous peoples’ experience of health in Canada. In Crooks, V. & Giesbrecht, M. (Eds). Place, Health & Diversity: A Canadian Perspective. Geographies of Health series for Ashgate Press.