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PhD graduate M. Omar Faruque on mining and activism in Bangladesh

PhD graduate M. Omar Faruque published an article in the Asian Journal of Political Science.  The piece analyzes the development of local community resistance to mining in Bangladesh. Faruque studied the Phubari movement and found that its success in opposing mining was largely because the activists worked with local communities and framed their action in … Read More

PhD Graduate Kat Kolar and Professor Patricia Erickson on the Normalization of Cannabis Use

PhD graduate Kat Kolar and Professor Patricia Erickson, in collaboration with Andrew Hathaway (University of Guleph), Amir Mostaghim (University of Guelph), and Geraint Osborne (University of Alberta), published an article in Deviant Behavior. The article explores the social networks that are embedded in the use and supply of cannabis. The authors argue that these social networks … Read More

PhD Graduate Kat Kolar and Professor Adam Green on HIV Prevention Science

PhD graduate Kat Kolar and Professor Adam Green published an article in Sociology of Health & Illness that outlines their content analysis of HIV prevention science funded by the National Institute of Health. Green & Kolar find that research into intervention takes a biomedical approach, but prevention research that focuses on risk factors tends to be … Read More

PhD graduate Kat Kolar on HIV Prevention in Indoor Sex Markets

PhD Candidate Kat Kolar, in collaboration with Vicky Bungay (UBC), Soni Thindal, Valencia Remple (UBC), Caitlin Johnston, and Gina Ogilve, published an article in Health Promotion Practice. The authors find that there is an urgent need for HIV/STI prevention initiatives among commercial sex workers. They offer recommendations for programs to address this need in various communities. Kat … Read More

PhD graduate Kat Kolar on the Legal Regulation of Sex Work

PhD graduate Kat Kolar, in collaboration with Bill McCarthy (UC Davis), Cecelia Benoit (UVic), and Mikael Jansson (UVic), published an article in the Annual Review of Law and Social Science. The article explores the legal strategies used to regulate sexual services in various contexts. The authors argue there is a need for a better understanding of … Read More

PhD graduate Kat Kolar on the Recruitment of Research Participants from Marginalized Communities

PhD graduate Kat Kolar, in collaboration with Chris Atchinson (UVic), published an article in Social Science Computer Review. The article explores how the internet and technology can aid researchers in recruiting difficult to find research participants when individuals may otherwise avoid participating due to fear of stigma. Kat Kolar obtained her PhD in Sociology from the … Read More

PhD graduate Kat Kolar on Stimulant Use Among Undergraduate Students

PhD graduate Kat Kolar published an article in Contemporary Drug Problems that analyzes attitudes surrounding non-prescription stimulant use among undergraduate students. Students often justify using these drugs by claiming that their potential academic success is worth the risks.  Kolar argues that this has implications for understanding the concept of drug acceptability. Kat Kolar obtained her PhD … Read More

PhD Candidate Kat Kolar on Sexual Safety Practices Among Sex Workers

PhD graduate Kat Kolar, in collaboration with Vicky Bungay (UBC) and Chris Atchinson (UVic), published an article in AIDS Care. The article explores the condom use and STI testing practices of sex workers in massage parlours and their clients. The authors find that both the sex workers and their clients use condoms for commercial vaginal sex … Read More

PhD graduate Kat Kolar on Condom Use in the Indoor Sex Industry

PhD graduate Kat Kolar, in collaboration with Ingrid Handlovsky and Vicky Bungay (UBC), published an article in Culture, Health & Sexuality. The article analyzes condom use in the indoor sex industry in Vancouver. The authors argue that context has an important impact on whether condoms are used and initiatives to encourage condom use must take this … Read More

PhD Graduate Marie-Pier Joly on Pregnancy and Birth Cohort Research

PhD Graduate Marie-Pier Joly published an article in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, in collaboration with Professor Michel Boivin (Universite Laval), Professor Anne Junker (UBC), Professor Alan Bocking (UofT), Professor Micheal S. Kramer (McGill), and Professor Stephanie Atkinson (McMaster). The article discusses the creation of an inventory of pregnancy and birth cohort studies that aims to create … Read More

PhD Graduate Marie-Pier Joly on Resaearch & Policy-Making for Migrant Families

PhD Graduate Marie-Pier Joly published an article, in collaboration with Professor Anita Gagnon and Jacqueline Bocking from McGill University, in Health Research and Policy Systems. The article examines research resulting from the Metropolis Project, which began in 1996 in an effort to create a stronger connection between health research and policy-making. The authors specifically analyze what proportion of … Read More

PhD Graduate Guang Ying Mo and Professor Barry Wellman on Networked Work

PhD Graduate Guang Ying Mo and Professor Barry Wellman (of NetLab), in collaboration with Dimitrina Dimitrova, Tsahi Hayat, and Beverly Wellman, published an article in the International Journal of Communication. The article examines how social networks impact the work of scholars and their involvement in research teams. Guang Ying Mo obtained her PhD in Sociology from the … Read More

PhD Graduate Guang Ying Mo on Cross-Disciplinary Communication

PhD Graduate Guang Ying Mo published an article in Information, Communication & Society that examines how communication between disciplines within research organizations affects multidisciplinary research outcomes. Mo argues that diverse networks lead to more collaboration across disciplines, which may lead to greater innovation. Guang Ying Mo obtained her PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto … Read More

PhD Graduate Guang Ying Mo and Professor Barry Wellman on Multiple Team Membership

PhD Graduate Guang Ying Mo and Professor Barry Wellman published an article in Information, Communication & Society that examines how “multiple team membership” within organizations affects individual networks, both online and offline. The authors argue that diversity in teams and membership in multiple teams allows for greater development of online networks. Guang Ying Mo obtained her PhD … Read More

PhD Graduate Guang Ying Mo on Advice Within Research Networks

PhD Graduate Guang Ying Mo, in collaboration with Tsahi Hayat, published an article in American Behavioral Scientist that analyzes how social and network structures affect the giving and receiving of advice among researchers. The authors find that network size correlates the most with advice giving and receiving. Guang Ying Mo obtained her PhD in Sociology from the … Read More

PhD Candidate Merin Oleschuk on Community-Based Participatory Research

PhD Candidate Merin Oleschuk, in collaboration with Professor Maria Mayan, Sanchia Lo, Anna Paucholo, and Daley Laing (all from the University of Alberta), published an article in Engaged Scholar Journal. The article examines the role of leadership in community-based participatory research. The authors argue that leadership in these research projects, and how it is developed, is … Read More

PhD Candidate Merin Oleschuk on Transnational Foodways

PhD Candidate Merin Oleschuk published an article in Anthropologica that discusses the role of culinary traditions in shaping identity among female South Sudanese refugees living in Alberta. She argues that these ‘foodways’ allowed the women to exercise their agency in their new environment. Merin Oleschuk is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto studying the … Read More

PhD Graduate Salina Abji on State Responsibility and Violence Against Women

PhD Graduate Salina Abji published an article in Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society that analyzes the relationship between state power and women’s rights. She explores the political advocacy within the “Shelter | Sanctuary | Status” Campaign formed by feminist and migrant rights groups in protest of the searching of women’s shelters for … Read More

PhD Candidate Salina Abji on Post-Nationalism and Migrant Rights

In an article published in Citizenship Studies, PhD Graduate Salina Abji analyzes the “No One Is Illegal” migrant rights movement in Canada to explore the limitations and opportunities of a post-nationalist framework. She argues that although post-nationalism is limited in its ability to address the concerns of non-status migrants, the conceptual framework is useful for challenging … Read More

PhD Candidate Katelin Albert on the Contributions of Feminist Sociology

PhD Candidate Katelin Albert published an article in The American Sociologist that critiques Stephen Turner’s (2013) book, American Sociology: From Pre-Disciplinary to Post-Normal. She argues that Turner’s theorization of what constitutes as elite or non-elite sociology “under-explores” the contributions of feminist sociology to the discipline. Katelin Albert is currently a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of … Read More