Tracy Glynn is an activist-scholar based in Fredericton on unceded Wəlastəkwiyik territory. Her activism and scholarship is focused on supporting communities affected by resource extraction, migration and border policies, and inadequate health care access.
Tracy is the National Director of Operations and Projects for the Canadian Health Coalition. She also holds a regular teaching appointment in the Environment & Society program and School of Social Work at St. Thomas University. She also teaches sociology courses at St. Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick.
In 2020, Tracy completed her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies (political economy, social anthropology and sociology) at the University of New Brunswick. Her dissertation, entitled “‘No One Can Say the Karonsi’e Dongi Were Not Here’: A Photovoice Study of Gendered Resistance to Mining in Indonesia,” sheds light on the gendered nature of everyday resistance to mining in Sorowako, Indonesia.
Tracy is currently conducting research on migrant workers in Atlantic Canada, refugee integration in South East Europe and New Brunswick rotational workers in resource extraction. She recently conducted research for RAVEN – Rural Action and Voices of the Environment, including a photovoice project with rural environmental activists in New Brunswick. She plans to continue using photovoice to study gender, coal and resistance in communities of the Global South and Global North.
Co-author of the book, The Great Trees of New Brunswick, 2nd Edition (Goose Lane, 2019), Tracy has published in the academic press on mining and gender, and community forestry in New Brunswick. She has several journal articles and chapters in press. She is also the author of a number of popular publications for non-governmental organizations such as the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, the Common Front for Social Justice and the New Brunswick Health Coalition. She is the coordinating editor of the NB Media Co-op.
Tracy’s feminist participatory action research in Indonesia has been supported with a SSHRC Exchange Grant, Harrison McCain Research Grant, the 2017 Dr. Nora Ni Chuiv CFUW Fredericton Graduate Scholarship and the 2017 Dr. Vicki Gray Graduate Memorial Scholarship. As a Gordon Global Fellow in 2009, she traveled to Guatemala to produce analysis on gender and mining in relation to the UN Millennium Development Goals related to gender.
As the forest campaigner at the Conservation Council of New Brunswick from 2006 to 2018, Glynn worked on forestry policies, including community forestry and banning glyphosate spraying in forestry. Her community service has been recognized with several awards in Fredericton, NB and St. John’s, NL. Prior to her graduate work, in the early 2000s, she was a CUSO cooperant and international campaigner on mining, oil and gas with the Mining Advocacy Network (JATAM), based in Jakarta, Indonesia.