Webinar: Participation and the role of research advocacy


The CCGHR Working Group on Climate Change and Health and CoPEH Canada are pleased to invite you to a joint webinar!

Date: Thursday, June 3, 2021

Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EDT 

Where: Zoom

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This joint webinar on participation and the role of research advocacy is co-organized by CoPEH-Canada and the CCGHR’s  Working Group on Climate Change and Health (WGCCH). Guest presenters Mumbi Maina and Tim Takaro, along with host, Johanne Saint-Charles, will explore the theme “Working the hyphen: Navigating the space between advocacy and academia.” Through this focus we aim to encourage reflection on the role of researchers in civil society and advocacy. Each presenter will speak to the topic through concrete examples from their own work in governance, research and education. Links to health and the climate crisis will be drawn. Each guest will give a 15-20-minute presentation followed by a discussion.



Mumbi Maina is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a Social Planner in the Social Policy and Projects Division at the City of Vancouver. Mumbi’swork has focused on grassroots social and environmental justice organizing, anti-racist education and cross-cultural collaboration with immigrant and other communities across North America. Her recently completed doctoral program focused on the uptake of sustainability in Canadian higher education, examining how various actors, including historically marginalized groups, are involved in the enactment of sustainability in policy and practice. Her published work covers topics such as sustainability in higher education, intersectionality in environmental education and newcomers’ roles in reconciliation. Mumbi was the first Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Fellow in the Sustainability Group at the City of Vancouver and in her current position as a Social Planner she works to imagine how municipal governments can effectively tackle the challenges of rising social and environmental inequities that are emblematic of many metropolitan cities across the globe. This work uses decolonizing, racial equity, and intersectional approaches to transform City policies, practices and processes.

Tim Takaro is a physician-scientist trained in occupational and environmental medicine, public health and toxicology, at Yale, the University of North Carolina and University of Washington. His research is primarily directed toward the links between human exposures and disease, and determining public health based preventive solutions to such risks. His work includes use of biological and other markers for medical surveillance, exposure assessment, and disease susceptibility with a focus on immunologic lung disease, human health and war, clinical occupational and environmental health and population resiliency in the health effects of climate change. Current research on human health and climate change focus on water quality in BC communities and the interaction of cumulative exposures related to resource extraction and climate change.