Brenda Parlee

Coordinator ReSDA Theme 4 – Sustainable Environments

Assistant Professor,
Dept. of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, University of Alberta

Update:  Dr. Parlee received funding from SSHRC (2015-2022), for a new project known as “Tracking Change” . This research will examine local and traditional knowledge in watershed governance.  For more information about this network and the research visit

Brenda3001The leader of the Sustainable Environment theme is Brenda Parlee. She is Canada Research Chair in Social Responses to Ecological Changes at the University of Alberta. An active and engaged community researcher, Parlee’s publications are based upon a number of studies of Indigenous health perspectives, caribou, and traditional ecological knowledge in resource management. Current projects include mining and community well-being, the importance of caribou in the diets of selected northern communities (an aspect of the International Polar Year Project Arctic Peoples, Cultures, Resilience and Caribou), the northern social economy, among others. Since receiving her doctorate in 2006, Parlee has established an international reputation as a scholar in these fields.

Dept. Resource Economics & Envir. Sociology, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences
1-07 Pembina Hall, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB T6G 2H8
T. 780-492-6825
F. 780-492-0268