Pam Hopwood

PhD student, Public Health Sciences


PhD Public Health Sciences


Ellen MacEachen

My thesis

My doctoral thesis examines the experiences of women who find work via digital platforms or apps (such as Staffy) in feminised care occupations such as elder care work. In Canada, self-employed workers are not covered by social security and employment policy (e.g., unemployment, maternity leave, or workers compensation). In a world where self-employed gig work is increasing and formal employment is in decline, it is important to consider the implications of social and employment policy protections for a marginalised, feminised workforce.

My research asks, “What are the occupational exposures experienced by women performing care work via digital platforms and how are their experiences shaped by social security and employment policies?”

Pam Hopwood

How obtaining care work gigs via digital platform shapes the experiences of these women, and the impact of social and employment policy has not been examined in a Canadian context. This research will contribute to a sparse body of scientific literature. 

My time at the School of Public Health Sciences

Since I started at the School of Public Health Sciences, I have met the kindest and most supportive friends and mentors. I am grateful to Dr. Rhona Hanning for encouraging me to consider pursuing a Master of Science degree and introducing me to my now-supervisor, Dr. Ellen MacEachen. Ellen is an inspirational leader and role model. Her support has provided life-changing opportunities and I am thankful for her mentorship each step of my Master's and now doctoral journey.