We provide an inspiring environment for research students and researchers.
Research projects undertaken by faculty and graduate students address a wide variety of sociological and socio-legal issues that fall into four broad thematic areas:
- crime, law, and security
- knowledge, education, and digital culture
- migration, borders, and transnationalism
- social inequality and public policy
A SSHRC-funded project examining critical infrastructure security in Canada.
Research funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada with Statistics Canada, examining immigrant women’s work and family trajectories.
A research project examining adolescent substance use, offending, social status, and peer group dynamics.
Current research projects examine migration and bordering practices in the context of migrant experiences of displacement, precarity, resettlement, and community-building. This work focuses on areas within MENA and Europe.
A SSHRC-funded project on disinformation, democracy, and online political deliberation.
Member of the Waterloo Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute at the University of Waterloo. Interdisciplinary research projects that examine technologies of surveillance, policing/security, civil liberties, and the politics of regulatory governance.
A current project examining violent offenders' construction of 'good Samaritans'; another project focused on racialization and gendering of disability within award-winning children's literature.
A new research project examining the regulation and transformation of border security in North America and Europe.
A SSHRC-funded project on forensics in medicolegal responses to sexual violence; a SSHRC-funded project on rural sexual assault care.
Current research includes: (1) a SSHRC-funded project on police decision-making with at-risk youth and vulnerable populations; (2) sex trafficking of youth; and (3) the relationship between technology and police deployment strategies.
A research project examining the civil society-state relations established to govern gender violence in Toronto, with a specific focus on the city's immigrant-serving community organizations.
Current research includes (1) a SSHRC-funded study of immigration detention reform in Canada, (2) a project on COVID-19 and imprisonment in Canada and Scotland funded by a Strathclyde and Waterloo Joint Transatlantic Partnership Award, and (3) the Prison Transparency Project, a collaboration between researchers from Argentina, Spain, and Canada focused on transparency and accountability in carceral systems.
Current research projects include qualitative work on labour and sustainability in the game industry, as well as more general work around surveillance in games and other online spaces.
Research projects examining the effects of religiousity and religion on voting behaviour in Canada; as well as exploring the dynamics of religious "nones" in comparative Western contexts.