Elijah Bisung, PhD

PhD (University of Waterloo)

MES (University of Waterloo)



Contact Information

Email:  eb120@queensu.ca

Telephone: 613-533-6000 x 75210

Office: KINE 301M


Undergraduate Courses

HLTH 101 - Social Determinants of Health

HLTH 350 - Topics in Global Health


Research Summary

I am a health geographer whose primary area of research focuses on social and environmental production of health and well being. I employ quantitative and qualitative tools to provide an integrative understanding of the relationships between environment and health, broadly defined.  I am interested in issues of food and water insecurity, with a focus on how unsafe and unpredictable household food and water conditions influence physical and psychosocial well being across the life course. My broad areas of interest and scholarly contributions include environmental collective action for environmental health promotion, environmental stress and psychosocial health, community based participatory research, health systems resilience to climate change, and safe water and sanitation interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa.  I collaborate with researchers, policy makers, and development agencies on research and intervention projects in Kenya, Ghana, and Burkina Faso.


Graduate Student Opportunities

I am currently accepting applications from prospective graduate students. Successful applicants will be encouraged to apply to the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program. If you are interested in learning more about graduate opportunities, please feel free to contact me.


Recent Publications

Bisung, E. & Elliott, S. J. (2016) Psychosocial impacts of the lack of access to water and sanitation in low- and middle-income countries: A scoping review. Journal of Water and Health. 15 (1):17-30

Busing, E. & Elliot J. S. (2016) “Everyone is exhausted and frustrated”: Exploring psychosocial            impacts of the lack of access to water and adequate sanitation on wellbeing in Usoma, Kenya. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 6(2): 205-214

Rishworth, A., Bisung, E. and Luginaah, I. (2016) ‘It's like a disease’: Women's           perceptions of cesarean sections in Ghana's Upper West Region. Women and Birth.    29(6):119-125

Kuu-ire, V.Z., Bisung, E., Dixon, J., Rishworth, A., & Luginaah I. (2015). Health seeking behavior during times of illness — a study among women in a resource poor setting   in Ghana.Journal of Public Health. 38(4):545-553

Bisung, E., Elliott, S. J., Schuster-Wallace C. J., Karanja, D. M. & Abudho, B. (2015) “Dreaming of toilets”: Using photovoice to explore knowledge, attitudes and practices around water-health linkages in rural Kenya. Health and Place, 31, 208 – 215.

Bisung, E., Elliott, S. J., Schuster-Wallace C. J., Karanja, D. M. & Abudho, B. (2015) Using photovoice as a community based participatory research (CBPR) tool for changing water, sanitation and hygiene behaviours in Usoma, Kenya. BioMed Research International. Doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/903025

Bisung, E., Elliott, S. J., Schuster-Wallace C. J., Karanja, D. M. & Abudho, B. (2014 ) Social capital, collective action and access to water in rural Kenya. Social Science andMedicine,119: 147-4

Bisung, E. & Elliott, S. J. (2014). Toward a social capital based framework for understanding the water-health nexus, Social Science and Medicine, 108: 194 – 200.