Katy Davis

Katy Davis


I am a PhD student working with Professor James Ford at University of Leeds and Professor Sherilee Harper at the University of Alberta.  My research focuses on participatory climate modelling, ethnoclimatology and human health in the Canadian Arctic.  The PhD project will play a key role in developing and applying a framework to connect Indigenous knowledge (IK) and science to model links between changing trail access due to climate change and health outcomes (either food security, wellness, or physical danger). The framework will use mixed methods to link local experiences, observations, and knowledge into climate language and climate modeling constructs, and will be developed in close collaboration with Inuit communities.

This research will be conducted as part of the Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change (IHACC) project. This is a multi-year, trans-disciplinary, community-based initiative working with remote Indigenous populations in the Peruvian Amazon, Canadian Arctic, and Uganda to examine the health effects of climate change and develop an evidentiary base for adaptation.

I have a BSc in Neuroscience from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Global Health and Development from University College London, in which I focused on the gender-specific impacts of climate change on health.

Research interests

I have experience in the use of qualitative, participatory and quantitative research methods for global health research and an interest in innovative mixed-methods and collaborative research. Other research interests include gender, participatory research and the human dimensions of climate change.

Projects and Groups:


  • MSc Global Health and Development
  • BSc Neuroscience