Projects & Initiatives

UBC Sociology believes in fostering a global outlook at the same time as we maintain and strengthen our local commitments.

Featured Research Projects


Lindsey Richardson (PI), Thomas Kerr, Evan Wood, M-J Milloy, Will Small, Brandon Marshall (Brown University), and Bohdan Nosyk, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2014-2017 (MOP 136827).


Lindsey Richardson (PI), Thomas Kerr, Evan Wood, Julio Montaner, Will Small, Lisa Maher (University of New South Wales, Australia), Peter Newman (University of Toronto) and Rod Knight, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2014-2017 (MOP 138068).


Nathanael Lauster (PI) – 2013-2017 (with UBC Social Work’s Frank Tester).

In addition to Lauster (PI) and Tester (co-I), current team members include graduate students: Karina Czyzewski (social work), Patricia Johnston (social work), Alina McKay (public health), and Jing Zhao (sociology).


This project is aimed at assessing the influence of housing on how people trace and stabilize their days – across time and space – through routine activities and use of various places.

Map and calendar data will be integrated with qualitative interviewing to provide a multifaceted dataset.

The two research sites: in Vancouver and Nunavut, provide very different contexts for the study.

This new research project is currently funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant ($223,124), and came in 1st of 91 grants in its area in the 2012 competition.


Martha Mackay (PI), Karin Humphries, Jan Kornder, Krishnan Ramanathan, Pamela Ratner, Frank Scheuermeyer and Gerry Veenstra. Canadian Institutes of Health Research.


Richard Carpiano, Project Consultant W.T. Grant Foundation Scholar Fellowship for Donald Chi (University of Washington).

International Initiatives

UBC Sociology fosters a global outlook. We have a history of engaging with partners around the world, both in our research and in our teaching.

June 5-10, 2016, UBC Sociology hosted an “International Summer School on Ageing” (ISSA), an interdisciplinary graduate training programme.

The ISSA is being offered in collaboration with the Italian National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing (INRCA) in Ancona, Italy, and the Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments at Lund University in Lund, Sweden.

In January 2015, UBC Sociology signed a 3 year cooperation agreement with ECUST’s Sociology Department to promote faculty and graduate student exchanges, as well as joint research efforts. Located in Shanghai, ECUST is a preeminent university in China, with a dynamic and growing Sociology faculty and graduate student body.

Sciences Po (l’Institut d’études politiques de Paris) has signed dual degree agreements with several major universities throughout the world, and now UBC is the second university in North America to participate in this highly prestigious program.

Sciences Po is a distinguished research-intensive university focusing on the social sciences and humanities, and dedicated to developing international research and study affiliations.

During their 4 year program, students will take courses at the Vancouver campus and at four campuses located in France.

In addition to courses related to their sociology specialization, students take courses team-taught by Sciences Po and UBC faculty designed to enrich the international and collaborative character of both degrees.

At the conclusion of their program, students earn both a Sciences Po Bachelor of Arts and a UBC Bachelor of Arts.

Professor Rima Wilkes and PhD Students Edward Haddon and Cary Wu have been selected as senior and associate researchers by the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research in Russia. The centre is directed by Ronald Inglehart and Eduard Ponarin. The team from UBC will present their research in St. Petersburg at the LCSR annual research conference this November.

Francesco Duina's focus in a project on Governance Export by Regional Organizations led by the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 700 at the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany.

SOCI 435: Partnerships for Participatory Development, an International Service Learning program in Uganda. See an example of a student project here: Reading Culture and Social Change.

“Capital interplays in the production and reproduction of health inequalities.” Collaboration between Gerry Veenstra and the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland.

"The implications of Neighborhood- and Network-based Communities for Gay Men in New York City." A project that is a collaboration between Richard Carpiano, Brian C. Kelly (Purdue University Dept. of Sociology) and Jeffrey T. Parsons (Director, Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training, Hunter College, City University of New York).

Social Class Differences in Body Mass Index among Danish Women: An Empirical Application of Bourdieu’s Theory of Lifestyle." A project in collaboration between Richard Carpiano and Vibeke T. Christensen ( KORA - Danish Institute for Local and Regional Government Research)

"Multi-level Understanding of Social Contributors to SES Disparities in Asthma." A US National Institute of Health-funded project with Richard Carpiano and Edith Chen (Principal Investigator, Northwestern University)

Local Initiatives

Faculty and students work with a number of local initiatives, including UBC’s Urban Ethnographic Field School, the BC Neighbourhood House Association, and the City of Vancouver’s CityStudio project. These projects draw upon our wealth of local connections while contributing to our community.


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