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Dr. Lalita Bharadwaj Professor

Research Areas

  • Barriers and Key Issues to the Access of Safe and Sustainable Drinking Water Sources in First Nations Communities
  • Community Based Participatory Research with Indigenous Communities
  • Human and Environmental Health Risk Assessment
  • Community-Based Education

Current Research

Current Courses

  • PUBH 815 - Water and Health

Recent Grants and Awards

As Principal Investigator:

2017 - Bharadwaj, L.A., Bradford, L., Waldner, C., Strickert, G., Osgood, N., Proof of Concept: Agent Based Modeling as a tool to Investigate Comprehensive Indigenous Health Impacts of Flooding. ($350,000)

2017-2020 - Baulch (PI), L. Bharadwaj (Co-PI), S. Higgins, B. Ingalls, S.Schiff, J. Venkiteswaran and 7-Collaborating Academic/Government Partners, Global Water Futures Pillar 3 Grant, FORecasting Tools and Mitigation Options for Diverse BLOOM-affected Lakes. ($860,000 - Funds Managed by H. Baulch. Yr. 1 ($ 13,238), Yr. 2 ($25,071) Yr 3 ($31,190) available to LB)

As Co-Investigator:

2018 - Neapetung, M., Bradford, L. Bharadwaj, L.A.First Nations Adapt Program (Indigenous Services Canada), Vulnerability Assessment for Yellow Quill First Nation. ($256,000) 

2017 - Bradford, L.E.A., Bharadwaj, L.A.B., College of Postdoctoral and Graduate Studies, Demonstration Model for Water Futures and Human Health Effects Global Water Futures Pillar 1 Grant Application. ($1,120) 

2017 - Bradford, L.E.A. Bharadwaj, L.A.Vice Provost Teaching and Learning, Urban Movers in Saskatchewan. ($2,000)

2017-2020 - J. McDonnell (PI), plus 17 Co-Investigators of which L. Bharadwaj is Co-I and 12 Collaborators, Global Water Futures Pillar 3 Grant, Prairie WATERSAVE: Sustainable water management for civic and provincial policy makers and urban, rural, and Indigenous communities. ($1.7 million)

Recent Publications

Bharadwaj, L.A., Bradford, L.E.A. (2018). Water Poverty: Impacts Beyond Physical. In Exner-Pirot, H. (Ed) Northern and Indigenous Health and Healthcare OpenEd Project, University of the Arctic Thematic Network on Northern Nursing Education (in press). 

Bermedo-Carrasco S. Bharadwaj, L., Waldner, C. (2018). Factors associated with drinking water and being satisfied with tap water in Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan, Canada. International Journal of Circumpolar Health. Volume 77, 2018 Issue 1. https://doi.org/10.1080/22423982.2018.1466605   

Bradford, L. E., Vogel, T., Lindenschmidt, K. E., McPhedran, K., Strickert, G. E., Fonstad, T. A., & Bharadwaj, L. A. (2018). Co-design of water services and infrastructure for Indigenous Canada: A scoping review. FACETS, 3(1), 487-511. 

Bradford, L., Waldner, C., McLaughlin, K., Zagozewski, R., & Bharadwaj, L. (2018). A mixed-method examination of risk factors in the truck-to-cistern drinking water system on the Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation Reserve, Saskatchewan. Canadian Water Resources Journal/Revue canadienne des ressources hydriques, 1-18. 

McLeod, L, Bharadwaj, L., Epp, T., Waldner, C. (2017). Use of principal components analysis and kriging to predict groundwater-sourced rural drinking water quality in Saskatchewan. In J Environmental Res Public Health 2017 Sep; 14(9): 1065. Published online 2017 Sep 15. doi: 10.3390/ijerph14091065  

Ford, L., Bharadwaj, L., McLeod, C., Waldner. (2017). Human Health Risk Assessment Applied to Rural Populations Dependent on Unregulated Drinking Water Sources: A Scoping Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(8): 846; doi:10.3390/ijerph14080846. 

Doig, L.E., Carr, M.K., Meisner, A.O.N., Jardine, T.D., Jones, P.D., Bharadwaj, L., Lindenschmidt, K.E. (2017). Open H2O and under ice seasonal variations in trace element content and physiochemical associations in fluvial bed sediments. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Doi:10./1002/etc/3886.  

Bradford, L.E.A., Zagozewski, R., Bharadwaj, L. (2016). Increasing the dialogue on water and health using Photovoice with youths living on reserve. The Canadian Geographer, 6(12) 178-195.