Sociology Research Forum


The Department of Sociology is proud to serve as a medium for ongoing discussion and lecture in various areas of study, as such we host the Sociology Research Forum as a platform for well-respected experts in the world of Sociology to present their research. The seminars take place at UBC and can be attended by those interested, and are available online afterwords for all those interested.


View Past Sociology Research Forum Speakers


Upcoming Sociology Research Forum Speakers:


Hamid Abdollahyan (Visiting Scholar)

“A Sustainable Social Participation Model in Hablehroud Watershed: Social Networks vs. Social Councils”

Date: Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. *WILL BE POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBA*

Location: ANSO 2107

Due to the spread of COVID-19, Hamid’s talk will be postponed to a later date, the new date is still TBA.



Todd Dufresne (Lakehead University)

“Alarming Subjects: Life in the Age of Catastrophic Climate Change”

Date: Thursday, April 16th, 2020 at 11:00a.m.

Location: ANSO 2107



Qiang Fu (UBC)

Date: Thursday, May 14th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

Location: ANSO 2107


More to come in September 2020



Past Sociology Research Forum Speakers:

Daniel Maman (Ben Gurion University) – “The Making of Homo Financius: Conventions, Emotions and Morality in Financial Education”

Date: Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Learn more about Ben’s research in economic sociology, comparative political economy, institutional change and network analysis here.


Mark Stoddart (Visiting Scholar) – “Offshore Oil. Eco-Tourism, and Social Features: Building Social-Ecological Well-being in Coastal Communities”

Date: Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

Learn more about Mark’s research focused in the relationship between offshore oil, nature-based tourism, and climate change and social well being here.


Sara Teitelbaum (Université de Montréal) – “Forest sector engagement with the principle of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC): Examining the role of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in Canada”

Date: Friday, February 14th, 2020

Learn more about Sara’s research and work in natural resource management, specifically of those in Nordic regions and Canada here (In French)


David Pettinicchio (U of T) – “Politics of Empowerment: Disability Rights and the Cycle of American Policy Reform”

Date: Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

Learn more about David’s work in: social policy, political sociology, and disability politics here


Nandita Sharma (University of Hawai’i at Mānoa) – “National Autochthony: The Making of Postcolonial National-Natives and their Migrant Others”

Date: Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Learn more about Nandita’s work in: racism, migration, and trans-nationalism here


Dana R. Fisher (University of Maryland) – “American Resistance: Looking Back While Marching Forward”

Date: Friday, September 6th, 2019

Learn more and watch the talk here

Learn more about Dana’s work on the relationship between environmentalism and democracy here.