RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology
Area(s) of Expertise:
Cultural Transmission, Social Networks, Evolutionary Theory, Indigenous Populations, Mixed Methods, Cross-Cultural Methods, Experimental Methods, Interdisciplinary Research
James's background has focused on examining the inter-generational transmission of knowledge, the impact of culture on health, and the social determinants of health. He is currently the Regional Leader of Population and Public Health Research and Knowledge Exchange in the department of Population Health at Vancouver Coastal Health. His responsibilities include evaluating and summarizing evidence to inform policy decisions, developing technological solutions and measurement approaches for demonstrating impact, project management of programming enhancements, supporting community-based research initiatives, and organizational education on population health issues.
Although James holds a PhD in anthropology, his training and research would be best described as interdisciplinary. His prior work has examined the impact of culture on health, and the intergenerational transmission of cultural knowledge. Much of his prior research occurred while living in and working with Indigenous communities in Fiji, and the Tsimane' of the Bolivian Amazon. In addition to his post-doctoral training with the HSS program, James also spent a year as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation, focusing on the use of Patient Reported Outcome Measurement tools for evaluation of major health initiatives in British Columbia.