Liesl Gambold

Associate Professor


Related information

Phone: 902-494-3689
Mailing Address: 
Room 3114, McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue
PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Economy, work and development
  • Critical health studies
  • Aging and retirement
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Migration - immigration
  • Political economy
  • Post-socialism
  • Europe

Cross appointment

  • Gender and Women's Studies


  • BA, University of Illinois
  • MA, PhD, University of California Los Angeles

Research interests

Liesl Gambold is an anthropologist whose earlier work in Russia focused on economic and social responses to political and market restructuring, gender relations in rural communities, and the struggle between individual and group ideologies. She studied the structures in Russian village life that were salient to local residents, who were not fundamentally resistant towards the changing power structures of their rural agricultural sectors, but were less inclined to decollectivize the social nature of their village. This led to further research on the emotional ties of collective work and property as they relate to two areas: reason and emotion in socialist culture; and anthropological and economic accounts of the moral economy and governance of the commons.

Dr. Gambold’s current anthropological research is on aging and international retirement migration. As baby boomers enter retirement age, shifts in their demographics and lifestyle choices are increasingly salient in policy-making and academic discussions. Dr. Gambold has conducted research in Mexico among Canadians and Americans who have permanently migrated south, in southern France and Spain, which have been popular European retirement destinations for decades, in Sweden and Germany, where she interviewed residents at LGBT aging and housing facilities, and in Brussels where she interviewed European Union officials about EU pensioner, migration and health policies. Dr. Gambold is a research associate at Dalhousie’s European Union Centre of Excellence.

Selected publications

  • 2018a  Wranik, W.D., Zielinska, D.A., Gambold, L., & Sevgur, S. “Threats to the value of health technology assessment: Qualitative evidence from Canada and Poland. Health Policy.
  • 2018b  “DIY Aging: Retirement migration as a new age-inscription”, Anthropology & Aging Quarterly, 39(1), 82-93.
  • 2017  “’Maybe you will remember’: Interpretation and life course reflexivity”, AREA, 49(4), 402-408. doi: 10.1111/area.12344
  • Wranik, W. D., Gambold, L., Hanson, N., & Levy, A. 2016  "The evolution of the cancer formulary review in Canada: Can centralization improve the use of economic evaluation?" The International Journal of Health Planning and Management (early online view).
  • 2014 Op-Ed “A sunny prospect: outsourcing the elderly,” The Chronicle Herald. April 7.
  • 2013 “Retirement Abroad as a Women’s Aging Strategy”, Anthropology & Aging Quarterly, 34(2), 184-198.
  • 2010 “Into the Hands of the Many: Production and Persistence in Rural Russia,” Anthropologica, Vol. 52, No. 2, pp. 273-289.