Dr. Elizabeth McGibbon
I received my doctorate at University of Toronto in 2004 and completed my postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Dennis Raphael, York University, in 2008. As an applied health researcher, I center on the study of health as it relates to instigating public policy change for justice in population health outcomes. My publications and presentations are about translating critical social science into readable, actionable ideas and strategies to address oppression as a social determinant of health—how public policy created oppression “gets under the skin” to deepen disadvantage and create intergenerational health damage, while at the same time enhancing privilege and wealth for some. I am particularly interested in synergies among the structural determinants of health, the ecological determinants of health, and the social determinants of health. I draw on the works of Friedrich Engels, Angela Davis, Johan Galtung, and many others to illustrate the root causes of oppression and violence that increasingly destroys human and plant health. I live and work near the sea with my partner Pat on the East Coast of Canada in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.