Ingrid Waldron
Professor, HOPE Chair in Peace and Health

Dr. Ingrid Waldron (MA, University of London; PhD, University of Toronto) is the HOPE Chair in Peace and Health in the Global Peace and Social Justice Program in the Faculty of Humanities at McMaster University. She teaches Peace, Environment and Health and Race, Place & Geographies of Violence in Indigenous & Black Communities (Special Topics Course) in the Global Peace and Social Justice Program in the Faculty of Humanities. She also teaches Social Justice Perspectives on Gender and Health in the Gender Studies and Feminist Research Graduate Program in the Faculty of Humanities. Previously, she taught in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University, the Sociology and Equity Studies in Education Department, the Department of Sociology, and the Study of Women & Gender Program at the University of Toronto. She was also a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Women’s Health in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a Visiting Professor in the International Research Infrastructure on Social inequalities in Health in the Department of Sociology at McGill University.

Dr. Waldron’s research interests focus on ecological violence and the structural determinants of health. She has a specific interest in the social, political, environmental, and health impacts of inequality and discrimination, the relationship between structural/state violence and the social, structural, and environmental determinants of health, health disparities in racialized communities, environmental racism, climate change inequities, mental illness, and COVID-19 in Black, Indigenous, immigrant, and refugee communities. Her articles on these themes have appeared in sociology, health and medicine, women’s studies, and environmental justice journals - Canadian Review of Sociology, Environmental Sociology, Environmental Justice, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion: An International Journal, Women’s Health and Urban Life: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal, Diversity & Equality in Health & Care, and Hawaii Journal of Medicine & Public Health.

Dr. Waldron is the author of There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities (Fernwood Publishing), which was turned into a 2020 Netflix documentary of the same name and was co-produced by Waldron, actor Elliot Page, Ian Daniel, and Julia Sanderson and directed by Page and Daniel. Her book received the 2020 Society for Socialist Studies Errol Sharpe Book Prize and the 2019 Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing. She is the recipient of several other awards, including Research Canada’s Leadership in Advocacy Award (Individual Category), Dalhousie University’s President’s Research Excellence Award – Research Impact, the Dalhousie Faculty of Health Early Career Research Excellence Award, and Springtide Collective’s Advocate of the Year Award.

Dr. Waldron is the founder and Director of the Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities and Community Health Project (The ENRICH Project), which inspired the federal private members bill a National Strategy Respecting Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice (Bill C-230). Bill C-230 was introduced in the House of Commons on February 26, 2020, by MP Lenore Zam and approved at second reading on March 24, 2021, and at amendments on June 21, 2021. She also co-founded the Anti-Environmental Racism Coalition, which has brought together organizations in the environment and climate change sector across Canada to collaborate on projects and share expertise and resources to address environmental racism and climate change inequities in Indigenous, Black, and other racialized communities in Canada. She is also a Member of the Board of Directors at Research Canada.

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