Emily Skinner

HEC Lab Managing DirectorEmily Skinner Profile Pic 2014

Biography: Emily Skinner was the HEC Lab Managing Director from 2012 to June 2014. Emily earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Arts in Geography from the University of Manitoba. She came with a wealth of experience in coordinating participatory research projects in partnership with both youth and adult-centered community-based groups and organizations. Emily has a strong passion for building relationships between the academy and community and was delighted to work with the HEC Lab’s diverse team of students, staff, and community members to address important social, environmental, and health issues.


2011-2012 Graduate Fellowship in Aboriginal Health, Manitoba NEAHR Program, Centre for Aboriginal Health

2010-2011 – Western Regional Training Centre for Health Services Research studentship


Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources Graduate Initiative Prize


Journal Articles

Skinner, E., & Masuda, J. R. (2013). Right to a healthy city? Examining the relationship between urban space and health inequity by Aboriginal youth artist-activists in Winnipeg. Social Science & Medicine, 91, 210-218.

Masuda, J.R., Teelucksingh, C., Zupancic, T., Crabtree, A., Haber, R., Skinner, E., Poland, B., Frankish, J., & Fridell, M. (2012). Out of our inner city backyards: Re-scaling urban environmental health inequity assessment. Social Science & Medicine75(7), 1244-1253.

Book Chapters

Castleden, H., & Skinner, E. (Forthcoming). Whitewashing water rights in Canadian Indigenous communities. In D. Stucker & E. Lopez-Gunn (Eds.), Adaptation to climate change through water resource management: Capacity, equity, and sustainability. London, UK: EarthScan.

Skinner, E., & Masuda, J.R. (Forthcoming). Mapping the geography of health inequity through participatory hip hop. In G. Andrews, R. Kearns, P. Kingsbury, & N. Forrester (Eds), Soundscapes of wellbeing in popular music. London, UK: Ashgate’s ‘Geographies of Health’ Series.


Masuda, JR, Teelucksingh, C., Zupancic, T., Crabtree, A., Haber, R., & Skinner, E. (2011). Where everyone is sort of, ‘Me and Mine’: Relocating environmental health inequity in the city through the photos of inner city residents in Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Toronto. Winnipeg, University of Manitoba.

Masuda, J.R., Skinner, E. et al. (2011). Towards a transmedia laboratory for environmental, health, and social equity: Final report. Transmedia and Justice Research Group (with support of the Academic Enhancement Fund). University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB.

Conference Presentations:

Skinner, E., & Masuda, J. R. (February 25, 2012). “Going down the wrong road is easier than the right”: Articulating urban injustice, health, and the “Right to the City” for Aboriginal youth. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2012. February 24-28, 2012. New York City, NY, United States.

Skinner, E., & Masuda, J. R. (July 14, 2011). Tired of being dissed: Legitimating youth ‘ways of knowing’ in qualitative inquiry through hip-hop and youth culture. International Medical Geography Symposium (IMGS). July 10-15, 2011. Durham, United Kingdom.

Skinner, E., & Masuda, J.R(December 2, 2011). Aboriginal youth action for urban health equality through participatory hip hop. Manitoba NEAHR & Faculty of Medicine First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) Health Research Symposium. December 1-2, 2011. Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Poster Presentations:

Skinner, E., & Masuda, J.R. (May 10, 2011). Urban hip hop mapping: Revealing local geography of health inequities in Winnipeg’s inner city. Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR). May 9-12, 2011. Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Skinner, E., & Masuda, J.R. (June 2, 2010). Identifying “best practices” in youth-led participatory research on urban environmental inequality: A systematic review. The Prairie Summit 2010 – joint conference between the Canadian Association of Geographers, the Canadian Cartographic Association, the Canadian Geomorphology Research group and the Canadian Remote Sensing Society. June 1-5, 2010. University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan.

Blog Entries:

Skinner, E., Zupancic, T., and Masuda, J.R. (2011). Artivism: Exploring youth’s vision for an environmentally ‘just’ city. Centre for Environmental Health Equity (CEHE). http://www.cehe.ca/GAPAYAC

Skinner, E., Zupancic, T., and Masuda, J.R. (2011). Voicing youth’s right to the city through urban art. Centre for Environmental Health Equity (CEHE). http://www.cehe.ca/gap

Community-Based Research Grants:

2011-2012 Graduate Research Grant in Aboriginal Health, Manitoba NEAHR Program (Principal Investigator) – $5,000

2010-2011 Transmedia and Justice Research Group Graduate Student Community-based Research Grant (Principal Investigator) – $4,000

2010-2011 Transmedia and Justice Research Group World Café Fund (Principal Investigator) – $2,500