Dr. Diana (Dee) Lewis is an Assistant Professor appointed to the Department of Geography, Environment & Geomatics, University of Guelph and cross-listed with Indigenous Studies at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. She is an Indigenous woman, a member of the Mi’kmaq Nation. Diana is Co-Director/Principal Investigator for A Shared Future: Achieving Strength, Health, and Autonomy through Renewable Energy Development for the Future, a large international research program which explores how Indigenous knowledge systems, as applied to renewable energy development, may have the potential to lead us towards ‘healthful environments’ through reconciling and healing our relations with each other as well as the land, air, and water around us. Diana’s long-term research interests are to foster a wider understanding of the unique aspects of Indigenous environmental health, specifically as it is impacted by resource or industrial development. She is in the early stages of developing a research agenda with a national Indigenous organization in Canada to apply Indigenous methodologies to human health risk assessment in First Nations across Canada.
Diana has recently received $1.3 million to fund the development of an Indigenous environmental health risk assessment approach in Canada.