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Leigh Potvin

Assistant Professor

Phone Number: 
+1 807-343-8010ext. 8377
Office Hours: 
Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm**Currently on parental leave
Research Interests: 

Dr. Leigh Potvin (pronouns: she/her) is the Director and Assistant Professor in the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism. She is an educator with professional training and experience as a teacher at all levels of the education system (K—12; post-secondary). Dr. Potvin has a strong record of equity and community-based research focused on advocacy for, and allyship with Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Trans/Queer/Two-Spirit+ (LGBTQ2S+) youth in educational contexts. Her SSHRC-funded community-based food justice research focuses on food systems and local governance models in Cape Breton. Leigh is keenly interested in body politics within outdoor recreation contexts including fat-inclusion in the outdoors and active transportation. Her research interests regularly cross and link education, social, and environmental concerns. Dr. Potvin holds a B.A. in Political Science and African Studies from McGill University (2003), a B.Ed. (2005), M.Ed. (2011), and PhD in Socio/Cultural and Political contexts of Education (2017) from Lakehead University.