Barbara Neis

Professor, Department of Sociology, Memorial University, Co-Director, SafetyNet (St. John’s, NL)

Barbara Neis is a University Research Professor in the Department of Sociology and Co-Director of the SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research at Memorial University.

Professor Neis received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto in 1988. She was a Trudeau Foundation Fellow between 2006 and 2009 and is currently Vice-President (Fellow) of the Trudeau Foundation Society. She also received the President’s Award for Outstanding Research at Memorial University and is a former member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Her research focuses broadly on interactions between work, environment and health in rural and remote contexts. She has researched many aspects of the Newfoundland and Labrador fisheries including gender and fisheries, occupational asthma to snow crab and fishing vessel safety; the social and human health impacts of restructuring in the Newfoundland and Labrador fisheries; and local ecological knowledge and science. Her current research at SafetyNet is concerned with developing an approach to participatory ergonomics appropriate for rural and remote environments and safety on fishing wharves. Professor Neis is also principal investigator on the SSHRC-funded Community-University Research for Recovery Alliance (CURRA). This five-year initiative involves working with researchers from the natural and social sciences and fine arts and with community groups to look for ways to promote recovery of fisheries and fishery communities in western Newfoundland. She is also a co-applicant on the NSERC-funded Canadian Capture Fisheries Research Network.

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