Ingrid Waldron

Associate Professor


Email: iwaldron@dal.ca
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

Biography

Dr. Ingrid Waldron, Ph.D. was born in Montreal to Trinidadian parents. She is a sociologist, an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University, the Director of the Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities & Community Health Project (The ENRICH Project), and the Flagship Project Co-Lead of Improving the Health of People of African Descent at Dalhousie’s Healthy Populations Institute.

Dr. Waldron received a BA in Psychology from McGill University, an MA in Intercultural Education: Race, Ethnicity & Culture from the Institute of Education at the University of London, and a Ph.D. in Sociology & Equity Studies in Education from the University of Toronto. She was also a postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Her doctoral and postdoctoral research at the University of Toronto focused on the impacts of discrimination on the mental health of Black women in Toronto, their conceptualizations of mental illness and help-seeking, and racism within psychiatric discourse and practice.

Her research, teaching, and community leadership and advocacy work in Nova Scotia are examining and addressing the health and mental health impacts of structural inequalities within health and mental health care, child welfare, and the environment in Indigenous, Black, immigrant, and refugee communities.

She recently completed a study titled Black Women’s Experiences with Mental Illness, Help-Seeking & Coping in the Halifax Regional Municipality: A Study Conducted to Inform NSHA’s Nova Scotia Sisterhood Initiative. The findings will be used to inform a new health service for Black women in the HRM.

As the Director of the ENRICH Project over the last 8 years, Dr. Waldron has been investigating the socio-economic, political, and health effects of environmental racism in Mi’kmaq and African Nova Scotian communities. The ENRICH Project formed the basis to the creation of the provincial bill An Act to Redress Environmental Racism (Bill 31) in April 2015 and the federal bill a National Strategy to Redress Environmental Racism (Bill C230) in February 2020.

The ENRICH Project also formed the basis to Dr. Waldron’s first book There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities, which was published in 2018 by Fernwood Publishing. The book received the 2020 Society for Socialist Studies Errol Sharpe Book Prize and the 2019 Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing.

The Netflix documentary There’s Something in the Water is based on Dr. Waldron’s book and was co-produced by Waldron, actress Ellen Page, Ian Daniel, and Julia Sanderson, and co-directed by Page and Daniel.

Memberships

  • 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

Awards

  • 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.

Publications

  • 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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