Dr. Derek Kornelsen – Biography
Dr. Derek Kornelsen holds a PhD in Political Science from University of British Columbia, an MA in Political Studies from University of Manitoba, and a BA(Honours) in Psychology from The University of Winnipeg. He has been working with MFN CAHR since November, 2014. His research focuses on examining/contrasting Western and Indigenous philosophies and institutional frameworks, with a particular emphasis on developing a theoretical framework grounded in an understanding of the dynamics and impacts of Settler Colonialism. This theoretical framework enables a sensitivity to 2 key under-researched areas in Indigenous health and wellness research: the impacts of the disruption of Indigenous peoples’ relationships with land and environment; and strategies for decolonizing key institutions that Indigenous peoples must access (health as well as political, legal, educational, economic institutions). Broadly speaking, this theoretical frame contributes to the development of robust Indigenous determinants of health and wellness. He is currently involved in developing a number of local, national, and international research projects and partnerships in areas of Indigenous health and wellness.
2015 PhD University of British Columbia, Political Science
2009 MA University of Manitoba, Political Studies
1999 BA(Honours) University of Winnipeg, Psychology
Area of Specialization:
Indigenous determinants of health; decolonization; relationships with land and environment; institutional transformation
2011-2013 SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.
2009-2013 UBC Four Year Doctoral Fellowship. University of British Columbia.
2008-2009 Duff Roblin Political Studies Fellowship. Private Sector.
2008-2009 Raymond F. Currie Graduate Fellowship. Private Sector.
2008-2009 University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship. University of Manitoba.
2008-2009 Manitoba Graduate Scholarship. Province of Manitoba.