Inuit Health Education and Adaptation

Current research projects (2019-2023)

Climate change and future Inuit health risks

Climate change has widespread and sweeping impacts in the Arctic, that have important implications for Inuit culture, livelihoods, identity, and health and wellness. Past research documents clear links between past climate change and Inuit mental health and physical health impacts; however, less is known about how these risks will change in the future. Indeed, recent systematic literature reviews have found a complete absence of published research projecting future climate change Inuit health risks (i.e., zero articles published). Despite this Arctic research gap, there have been exponential increases in articles published on future climate change health risks for other world regions. Considering the Arctic is one of the fastest warming places on the planet, this geographical research disparity is striking and does not reflect the health risks posed in the Arctic. In addition to this geographical disparity in climate-health projections research, there are stark authorship disparities in top climate change research articles. Indeed, research has documented that high-impact climate change publications are predominately authored by white European men, resulting in critical gaps in the climate change evidence-base. Our project responds to the documented absence of climate-health projection research for the Arctic, and the lack of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the authorship of high-impact climate change research. We will (1) use existing data to estimate future climate-health risks in Nunatsiavut, Labrador; (2) publish our results in high-impact journals; and (3) break climate change authorship trends and bias with diverse author teams of Inuit, women, and authors originally from outside of Canada.