Kirsten Lee, PhD

Dr. Kirsten Lee is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the School of Global Health at York University and member of the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research. She is currently funded by a CIHR Research Excellence, Diversity, and Independence (REDI) Early Career Transition Award. She completed a PhD in Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo, as well as a CIHR Health System Impact Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada.

Kirsten’s research uses systems thinking to inform policies that aim to promote healthy, sustainable, and equitable food systems. She is also interested in participatory methods to co-develop policy and governance solutions with policy- and decision-makers for chronic disease prevention. Her current work aims to strengthen the ability of Canadian surveillance systems to monitor food system impacts on health, climate, and equity. She collaborates with Canadian federal and provincial partners to explore the potential application of systems approaches and methods to surveillance systems. This work builds on her previous post with the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada, where she updated a surveillance framework for monitoring key food and nutrition indicators in Canada.