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Ben Brisbois

School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine
Ben Brisbois
School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine
School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine
Bridge Doctoral Fellow 2008 - 2014
Degrees: B.Sc. (2001) McGill University, Dip. Env. (2003) McGill University, MES (2006) York University
Supervisor: Jerry Spiegel
Committee Members:
  • Leila Harris, Assistant Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability and the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Anne Marie Nicol, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
  • Patricia Spittal, Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health

Awards & Scholarships

  • Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral Award
  • Liu Scholar, Liu Institute for Global Issues
  • Antipode graduate student scholarship

Internship Positions

  • Environmental Health Technical Consultant, Youth Challenge International, Toronto, Ontario


Ben completed his PhD in the School of Population and Public Health in September 2014. His doctoral research examined South-North collaborations addressing environmental health problems in the Americas, and focused especially on occupational and environmental pesticide exposure in Ecuador’s banana industry. He is currently working as a research fellow with the Communities of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health in Canada, and Latin America and the Caribbean. He is carrying out research on experiences of members of the communities of practice with research at the intersection of health, ecosystems and society.


My Masters research focused on the climate change and infectious disease, with related epistemological and policy-related considerations.

Work Experience

I've worked for the federal government at Health Canada and Environment Canada, and on a development project in Guyana with the NGO Youth Challenge International.


Brisbois, Ben (2014) Epidemiology and ‘developing countries’: Writing pesticides, poverty and political

engagement in Latin America. Social Studies of Science, online in advance of print. DOI: 10.1177/0306312714523514. 

Brisbois, BW (2011) Pesticides, People and Power in Ecuador's Banana Industry: Participatory Epidemiology and Political Ecology Approaches to Occupational Health and Safety. Antipode 43(1): 176-179.

Brisbois BW; Ali SH (2010) Climate Change, Vector-borne Disease and Interdisciplinary Research: Social Science Perspectives on an Environment and Health Controversy. EcoHealth 7(4): 425-438.

Morrison K, Feagan, M, Brisbois B (2012) Ecosystem approaches to health: Principles and histories. In: McCullagh S ed. (2012). Ecosystem Approaches to Health Teaching Manual. Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health. Available: www.copeh-canada.org

Parkes M, Brisbois B, Dannenmann K, Gray T, Root E, Woollard R (2012) Participation and research. In: McCullagh S ed. (2012). Ecosystem Approaches to Health Teaching Manual. Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health. Available: www.copeh-canada.org

Harris, Melissa; Brisbois, Benjamin; Lannigan, Robert (2011) The Effects of Climate Change on Health Security. In GA McBean et al. (eds.), The security of Canada and Canadians: Implications of climate
change. University of Western Ontario, London: 132-173.

Brisbois, Ben (2010) Pesticide use in Ecuador's banana industry. In Sheila Harms & Vic Neufeld (eds.), Knowlege translation in low & middle-income countries. Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research and Canadian Institutes of Health Research:18. Available online at http://www.ccghr.ca/docs/KT_in_LMICs_module_en.pdf

Brisbois, Ben (2014) Bananas, pesticides and the political ecology of health on Ecuador’s southern coast: A modified metanarrative approach to targeting research and interventions in global health. Poster presented at University of Toronto International Health Program (UTIHP)’s 2014 Health and Human Rights Conference, March 22 2014.

Brisbois, Ben (2013) Theoretical perspectives on international work in population and public health. University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health 'Research in Progress' class, invited lecture, February 1, Vancouver, BC

Brisbois, Ben (2012) Canada-Ecuador collaborations in pesticide epidemiology, knowledge translation and academic social movements: A discourse-historical analysis. Presented at the Canadian Public Health Association Annual Meeting, June 12, Edmonton, AB.

Brisbois, Ben (2011). La colaboración universidad-comunidad, el banano y los efectos para la salud de los plaguicidas [University-community collaboration, banana production, and pesticide-related health effects]. Taller sobre Aplicación de un Enfoque Integral (Determinación Social y Ecosistémica) de Colaboración entre Comunidad – Universidad (Workshop on Community-University Collaboration Employing an Integrated Social – Ecosystemic Health Determination Focus), Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar. August 29, Quito, Ecuador.

Brisbois, Ben (2010) 'Scaling up' Ecohealth: Insights from the political ecology of pesticide exposure in Ecuador's banana industry. Presented at EcoHealth 2010, August 18-20, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.

Brisbois, Ben (2007) Dengue prevention in Latin America: Effectiveness and Multi-Scalar Policy Implications of Ecohealth Projects. Presented at International Ecohealth Forum 2008, December 1-5, Mérida, Mexico.

Brisbois, Ben and Jerry Spiegel (2007) IDRC vector-borne disease Ecohealth projects in Latin America and considerations of primary health care. Poster delivered at Canadian Conference for International Health, October 26-29, Ottawa, ON.

Brisbois, Ben (2008) “Questioning climate change's brave new world and addressing the historical roots of health vulnerability” in Global Forum for Health Research, Young Voices in Research for Health 2008, pp. 52-55. Available online at http://www.globalforumhealth.org/Site/002__What%20we%20do/005__Publications/012__Young%20Voices%20in%20Research%20for%20Health.php

Brisbois, Ben (2006) Interdisciplinary boundary work and climate change scepticism in research on climate and vector-borne diseases. Presented at Ecological Integrity and a Sustainable Society Conference, June 23-27, Halifax, NS. Available online at http://ecologyintegrityconference.dal.ca/Participants/participants.html

Brisbois, B., Diffenderfer, S., Fukuda, A., Ransom-Hodges, A., Pritchard, G., et  al. (2002) Improving the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s Citizen Submission Procedure: recommendations based on human rights complaint mechanisms. McGill School of Environment group research course final report. Available online at http://mse-research.mcgill.ca/envr401_2002/nafta/finalreport.pdf

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