As a broadly trained health geographer, Dr. Castleden mainly undertakes community-based participatory research in partnership with Indigenous peoples in Canada on issues that are important to them and fall within her programmatic areas of expertise: the nexus of culture, place, and power; and health equity through social and environmental justice lenses. Since 2009, she has been the Director of the Health, Environment, and Communities Research Lab (www.heclab.com), a vibrant community of research associates, trainees, and staff.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Anthropology and Native Studies) from the University of Manitoba (1996), Dr. Castleden went on to obtain a Master of Education Degree in Adult and Higher Education (2002), and a PhD (Human Geography) at the University of Alberta (2007). From there, she held NEARBC and SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Victoria before taking up a tenure-track appointment in the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia (2009-2014). She began her appointment at Queen’s University in 2014.