Ben Brisbois | Bio

Doctoral Student, UBC School of Population & Public Health
MSc Environmental Studies (York University, 2006)
Diploma (McGill School of Environment, 2003)
BSc (McGill, 2001)

Research Interests

  • Pesticide related health impacts in Soutern Ecuador’s banana’s industry
  • Policy and knowledge translation
  • Community-based research methods
  • Discourse analysis and critical social theory

Select Publications

  • Brisbois, Ben (2012) Canada-Ecuador collaborations in pesticide epidemiology, knowledge translation and academic social movements: A discourse-historical analysis. Presented at the Canadian Public Health Association 2012 Annual Conference, June 11-14, Edmonton, AB. []
  • Morrison K, Feagan, M, Brisbois B (2012) Ecosystem approaches to health: Principles and histories. In: McCullagh S ed. (2012). Ecosystem Approaches to Health Teaching Manual. Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health. Available:
  • Parkes M, Brisbois B, Dannenmann K, Gray T, Root E, Woollard R (2012) Participation and research. In: McCullagh S ed. (2012). Ecosystem Approaches to Health Teaching Manual. Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health. Available:
  • Brisbois, Ben (2011) Pesticides, People and Power in Ecuador’s Banana Industry: Participatory Epidemiology and Political Ecology Approaches to Occupational Health and Safety. Antipode 43(1): 176-179.
  • Brisbois, Ben (2011). La colaboración universidad-comunidad, el banano y los efectos para la salud de los plaguicidas [University-community collaboration, banana production, and pesticide-related health effects]. Taller sobre Aplicación de un Enfoque Integral (Determinación Social y Ecosistémica) de Colaboración entre Comunidad – Universidad (Workshop on Community-University Collaboration Employing an Integrated Social – Ecosystemic Health Determination Focus), Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar. August 29, Quito, Ecuador.
  • Harris, Melissa; Brisbois, Benjamin; Lannigan, Robert (2011) The Effects of Climate Change on Health Security. In GA McBean et al. (eds.), The security of Canada and Canadians: Implications of climate change. University of Western Ontario, London: 132-173.
  • Brisbois, Ben (2010) ‘Scaling up’ Ecohealth: Insights from the political ecology of pesticide exposure in Ecuador’s banana industry. Presented at EcoHealth 2010, August 18-20, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.
  • Brisbois, Ben and S. Harris Ali  (2010) Climate change, vector-borne disease andinterdisciplinary research: Social science perspectives on an environment and health controversy. EcoHealth 7(4): 425-38.
  • Brisbois, Ben (2010) Pesticide use in Ecuador’s banana industry. In Sheila Harms & Vic Neufeld (eds.), Knowlege translation in low & middle-income countries. Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research and Canadian Institutes of Health Research:18.
  • Brisbois, Ben (2007) Dengue prevention in Latin America: Effectiveness and Multi-Scalar Policy Implications of Ecohealth Projects. Presented at International Ecohealth Forum 2008, December 1-5, Mérida, Mexico.
  • Brisbois, Ben (2008) “Questioning climate change’s brave new world and addressing the historical roots of health vulnerability” in Global Forum for Health Research, Young Voices in Research for Health 2008, pp. 52-55.
  • Brisbois, Ben and Jerry Spiegel (2007) IDRC vector-borne disease Ecohealth projects in Latin America and considerations of primary health care. Poster delivered at Canadian Conference for International Health, October 26-29, Ottawa, ON.
  • Brisbois, Ben (2006) Interdisciplinary boundary work and climate change scepticism in research on climate and vector-borne diseases. Presented at Ecological Integrity and a Sustainable Society Conference, June 23-27, Halifax, NS.
  • Brisbois, B., Diffenderfer, S.,  Fukuda, A., Ransom-Hodges, A., Pritchard, G., et al. (2002) Improving the Commission for  Environmental Cooperation’s Citizen Submission Procedure: recommendations based on human rights complaint mechanisms. McGill School of Environment group research course final report.