Ingrid Waldron

Associate Professor

Phone: 902-494-4267
Fax: 902-494-3487
Mailing Address: 
Room G19, Forrest Bldg.,
Dalhousie University
PO Box 15000
5869 University Avenue
Halifax NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Environmental Racism
  • Medical Sociology
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Mental Illness in Black Canadian, Immigrant and Indigenous Communities
  • COVID-19 and Vulnerable Populations
  • Health Inequalities
  • Environmental Health Inequities


Dr. Ingrid Waldron holds a PhD from the Sociology & Equity Studies in Education Department at the University of Toronto, a MA in Intercultural Education: Race, Ethnicity and Culture from the University of London (England) and a BA in Psychology from McGill University. She was also awarded a Postdoctoral Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Award by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies and the Ontario Women’s Health Council in 2003 to conduct postdoctoral research at the Center for Women’s Health in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Her scholarship focuses specifically on the impact of inequality and discrimination on the health and mental health of African Nova Scotian, African Canadian, Mi’kmaw, immigrant and refugee communities in Canada. Dr. Waldron’s recent research projects focus on the health effects of environmental racism in African Nova Scotian and Mi’kmaw communities and the social determinants of health in African Nova Scotian and immigrant communities in Halifax. Her methodological expertise is in critical anti-oppression approaches, including Black feminist, anti-colonial, antiracism, African-centred, and Indigenous knowledge theories. Dr. Waldron has used diverse knowledge mobilization approaches to share her research findings, including a live-streamed bi-weekly talk show; documentary film and film festivals; television, radio and print interviews; online live chats; webinars; Facebook; Twitter; project websites; and community and government workshops, presentations and meetings.


  • CIHR College of Reviewers
  • Canadian Sociological Association (CSA)
  • Cross-Appointed Faculty, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University
  • Cross-Appointed Faculty, Health & Human Performance, Dalhousie University
  • Cross-Appointed Faculty, School of Occupational Therapy, Dalhousie University
  • Cross-Appointed Faculty, Department of Sociology & Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University
  • Cross-Appointed Faculty, Gender & Women’s Studies, Dalhousie University
  • Cross-Appointed Faculty, International Development Studies Program


  • The Society for Socialist Studies Errol Sharpe Book Prize for my book There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous & Black Communities, Society for Socialist Studies, $500, June 8, 2020.
  • Green Gala Award for Most Original Research for my Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities and Community Health Project, Dalhousie Student Union Sustainability Office, Dalhousie University, May 1st, 2020.
    Awards & Honours
  • Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Award, There's Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities. 2019. Photo
  • Faculty of Health Early Career Research Excellence Award, 2019.
  • President’s Excellence Research Award – Research Impact, President’s Office, Dalhousie University, June 22, 2018: 
  • Faculty of Health Professions Research Establishment Grant, Dalhousie University, 2016
  • Advocate of the Year Award for 2015 for “Environmental Noxiousness, racial inequities & community health project”, Better Politics Award, Springtide Collective, 2016.
  • Green Campaign of the Year Award, 6th Annual Greenie Awards, for “Time to clear the air: Art on environmental racism by Mi’kmaw & African Nova Scotian youth”, Dalhousie Student Union Sustainability Office, Dalhousie University, 2015.


  • Waldron, I.R.G (2019). African Nova Scotians on the front lines: Narratives of resistance in the fight against environmental racism. In M. Mascarenhas (Ed.), Lessons in environmental justice: From civil rights to Black Lives and Idle No More. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing.
  • Waldron, I.R.G (2019). Archetypes of Black womanhood: Implications for mental health, coping and help-seeking. In M. Zangeneh (Ed), Advances in mental health and addiction. New York: Springer Publishing.
  • Waldron, I. (2018) There’s something in the water: Environmental racism in Indigenous & Black communities. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing.
  • Waldron, I.R.G. (2018). “Women on the frontlines: Grassroots movements against environmental violence in Indigenous and Black communities in Canada”, Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies (Special Issue: articles based on the symposium “Over the Line: A Conversation About Race, Place and the Environment”, organized by Ingrid Waldron). In press.
  • Waldron, I.R.G (2018). “The ENRICH Project: Blurring the borders between community and the ivory tower”, Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies (Special Issue: articles based on the symposium “Over the Line: A Conversation About Race, Place, & the Environment”, organized by Ingrid Waldron). In press.
  • Waldron, I. (2018). “Re-thinking waste: Mapping racial geographies of violence on the colonial landscape”, Environmental Sociology (Special Issue: Environmental Justice & Deep Intersectionality), 4 (1), 36-53.

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