Dr. Elizabeth McGibbon is a critical health social scientist. Her focus is on how public policy created oppression “gets under the skin” to deepen disadvantage and create intergenerational health damage. She draws on political economy of health perspectives and related complexity science applications in health. Her current work uses these ideas to build a theoretical foundation for analyzing synergies among the structural determinants of health (e.g., social murder, slow violence), the ecological determinants of health (e.g., pollution, ecotoxicity, resource, and ozone layer depletion, species extinction, biodiversity loss) and the social determinants of health. She is one of three leads in establishing the National Collaborating Center, Determinants of Health (Public Health Agency of Canada). Books include Anti-racist Health Care Practice (with Dr. Josephine Etowa) and Oppression: A Social Determinant of Health, 2ed in press. She published the first Canadian books to address anti-racism specifically in health care practice (McGibbon & Etowa, 2009) and oppression as a social determinant of health (2nd Edition, Spring 2021). She is an invited author in seven multiple edition Canadian books about critical social science applications and health, and the first book to address complexity science applications in the criminal justice system (Pycroft & Bartollas, Eds., UK, 2014). Along with social justice colleagues, her awards include recognition from The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission (anti-racism community action), and the Canadian Armed Forces (refugee humanitarian work).
We live and work in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral
and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People