I was born in England and grew up in a suburb of Ottawa called Kanata. I completed my undergraduate degree in Health Studies at Queen’s University and I am now working towards an MSc in Health Promotion under the supervision of Dr. Jeff Masuda. I am interested in community-based research, the politics of health and illness, housing, human rights, and harm reduction. I will be spending the next year living in Vancouver for my fieldwork in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside area and I anticipate that my thesis research will explore aspects of the community-driven harm reduction response to the fentanyl overdose crisis.
I am also volunteering for and working with the DTES SRO Collaborative and other CEHE researcher partners on a community-based research project that explores the habitability conditions of privately-owned, low-income single-room occupancy hotels in the DTES as experienced by tenants.