Get Involved

Our Team, September 2019. Missing from photo: Aaron Bailey, Anna Anbalagan, Seraphina Skands, Meshack Ashore, Erica Phipps, Sophy Chan, Adiba Mir

There are a number of ways that you can get involved with CEHE as either an undergraduate or graduate student. CEHE students receive an interdisciplinary training in health geography and critical health studies with the support and mentorship from faculty and graduate students from multiple disciplines and departments at Queen’s University.

Undergraduate Student Opportunities:

Undergraduate students have the chance to participate in a research internship at CEHE for course credit, usually in the third or fourth year of their degree program. Student interns are given the opportunity to develop a number of valuable research skills while working on ongoing CEHE projects – including, but not limited to academic writing, creating and maintaining research relationships with community partners, archival research, transcribing and analyzing interviews, academic presentations, etc. – under the mentorship of CEHE’s faculty members and graduate students. Our undergraduate students are currently engaged in a number of ongoing CEHE projects, including:

Undergraduate students may also have the opportunity to join CEHE as a SWEP student. If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please contact for more information.

Finally, undergraduate students from the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Department of Geography, or Department of Environmental Studies are able to complete an undergraduate thesis project under the supervision of CEHE faculty. Undergraduate thesis students are given the freedom and guidance to contribute to ongoing CEHE projects in ways that align with both their own disciplinary and personal interests, as well as contribute to our community-based projects and research deliverables in meaningful ways. If you are interested in undertaking an undergraduate thesis project at CEHE, please contact either of our faculty members, Dr. Jeffrey Masuda ( or Dr. Elijah Bisung (, to discuss this opportunity further.

Graduate Student Opportunities:

Potential graduate students at CEHE have the option of completing the following degrees under the supervision of our affiliated faculty:

Our graduate students are currently engaged in a number of projects locally, nationally, and globally. CEHE’s graduate student projects are oriented towards advancing social justice and health equity, are community-driven, and are informed by critical social theory, in a variety of contexts. Please see the Our Team page for more information on current graduate student work.

CEHE provides an enriching and supportive environment for graduate students. Students are actively encouraged to engage with each others’ work, be it reviewing one another’s funding applications or conference presentations, supporting each other through the difficulties of qualitative fieldwork, or working collaboratively on one of CEHE’s main projects. To learn more about the CEHE student experience, see the student testimonials below or feel free to contact one of the students on Our Team.

If you are interested in completing a graduate degree at CEHE, please contact either of our faculty members, Dr. Jeffrey Masuda ( or Dr. Elijah Bisung (, with a brief summary of your research interests.

Here are some examples of finished theses completed by CEHE graduate student alumni:

Kruger, A. (2019). Remaining in Death: A Critical Ethnography of Death, Remains, and Community in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Retrieved from Queen’s Graduate Theses and Dissertations,

Dery, F. A. (2019). Understanding Links Between Access to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), and Gender Empowerment: Evidence from Ghana. Retrieved from Queen’s Graduate Theses and Dissertations,

Nowell, M. (2018). Exploring Politics, Practices, and Discourses of Harm Reduction in the Overdose Crisis: The Case of the Tenant Overdose Response Organizers and the “Therapeutic Riskscape.” Retrieved from Queen’s Graduate Theses and Dissertations,

Sanchez-Pimienta, C. E. (2018). Promoting Healthy Urban Environments for Young Indigenous Peoples: The Case of M’Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource Centre. Retrieved from Queen’s Graduate Theses and Dissertations,

Hainstock, M. (2017). “We have a roof over our head, but we have to eat too”: Tracing the Impact of Shifting Foodscapes on Health and Wellbeing from Homelessness to Supportive Housing. Retrieved from Queen’s Graduate Theses and Dissertations,

Our Team, November 2016

Student Testimonials:

“Joining CEHE as an undergraduate student, working as a research assistant during my Master’s, and working as the lab’s Program Manager has been an important and transformative experience for me. Through my time at CEHE, I have learned invaluable lessons, developed research and practical skills, and gained experience that I will strive to build upon in all my future work.”

– Magnus Nowell, MSc 2018 & Program Manager


“I joined CEHE as a SWEP student and stayed on to work as a research assistant and complete my undergraduate thesis. In a short time, I’ve worked on multiple projects in different capacities and developed a variety of skills. CEHE strikes a great balance between providing opportunities to thrive independently and fostering a collaborative environment to draw support from. My experience in the lab has definitely helped build my confidence in preparation for post-graduate studies.”

– Anna Anbalagan, BAH Environmental Studies & Gender Studies, Fourth Year Thesis Student


“By comparing my experience as a graduate student with the experiences of other students, I realize that I was privileged to be part of CEHE because of the deep and long-term engagement I was able to develop with my community research partner, M’Wikwedong Indigenous Friendship Centre. CEHE’s commitment to building and sustaining accountable research relationships with community partners supported my decision to spend 16 months of my Master’s studies living in the community where my community partner works.”

– Carlos Sanchez-Pimienta, MSc 2018 & Research Associate