Maya Gislason

Assistant Professor


  • BA, Sociology and Women's Studies, University of Victoria
  • MA, Sociology, University of Victoria
  • PhD, Medical Sociology, University of Sussex, UK


Maya Gislason joined FHS in September 2014 as an assistant professor with a focus on health equity. Prior to this, Maya has been a Banting postdoctoral fellow at the University of Northern British Columbia with a focus on researching the intersections between public health and large scale social and ecological game changers such as climate change and significant drivers such as intensive resource extraction. Maya also continues to retain her position as a Research Associate at the Centre for Global Health Policy at the University of Sussex in the UK and is a member of the EcoHealth Knowledge to Action Research Team based at the University of Northern British Columbia. Maya holds a doctorate in medical Sociology from the University of Sussex, a Masters in sociology and a double major in sociology and women’s studies both from the University of Victoria, BC. In 2012 Maya was awarded the Early Career Contributions to the Field of EcoHealth, which reflects her deep commitment to working upstream on public health issues and addressing the interconnection between the social and environmental determinants of health.

Research Interests

Dr. Gislason's research area focus on social and health inequalities, social-ecological public health, participatory methods and Aboriginal health. To leanr more about her work, please visit:

Teaching Interests

Dr. Gislason is currently accepting students who are interested in subject areas articulating the links between social and health inequities; critical theoretical perspectives in public health/global health research, social and environmental justice and health; qualitative and participatory action research methods; environmental and public health policy change; knowledge translation; the intersection between the social and ecological determinants of health; Aboriginal people's health and the First Nations Health Authority; the public health impacts of large scale game changers such as climate change and intensive resource extraction; ecosystem approaches to health (ecohealth).