Manvi Bhalla

Egesta Researcher Manvi BhallaPhD Student
RES Graduate Program
The University of British Columbia
Manvi (she/her) joined the RES PhD program in Fall 2021 under the supervision of Dr. Gunilla Öberg. She completed her Honours BSc at the University of Guelph in 2019 in Biomedical Sciences and during her time there, received permission to complete an undergraduate research thesis in translational medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children, which she went on to publish. Bringing together her interests in both advocacy and science, she then began her MSc in Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo, where her thesis aimed to discern the knowledge and understanding of climate change-related health risks by public health authorities, and evaluate local mitigation, adaptation and risk communication strategies. During this time, Manvi was also an expert reviewer on the Federal Government report on climate change and the health of Canadians and was lead research assistant on a national CIHR-funded study looking into sociocultural and behavioural factors affecting communities’ response to countermeasures for the COVID-19 pandemic. Being highly proficient in clinical, wet lab, qualitative and quantitative research methods, Manvi is very excited to join the EGESTA lab to pursue her doctoral research interests. Her main areas of interest at the moment are broadly in climate/health policy, risk communication and social determinants of health/equity-centred research.
In addition to her research interests, Manvi frequently guest lectures on the intersections between environmental racism, climate change, social determinants of health, and justice. She is also an experienced activist and community organizer who has been a leader in numerous NGOs and community-based outreach efforts for over 10 years. Manvi is the President and Co-Founder of the national climate justice non-profit, Shake Up The Establishment and is Director and Co-Founder of the national health literacy centred non-profit, missINFORMED.