MSc Health Promotion, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University
I am a first year MSc Health Promotion student working with Dr. Jeff Masuda, having just completed my Honours Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies with a minor concentration in Political Studies at Queen’s. I began working with CEHE in my third year, where I assisted with logistical work related to the RentSafe EquIP project and was able to experience participatory action research firsthand. I continued to work within the lab as a summer student where I worked within a team that helped to support archival research related to the Right to Remain during the summer of 2019 and wrote my honour’s thesis, “Back to my room / And the bottle”: Historical Perspectives of Alcohol Problematization, Control and Harm Reduction in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside under the supervision of Dr. Masuda. My current research interests include the history of alcohol policy and harm reduction in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and its mobilization to support present-day alcohol harm reduction and housing activism in the neighbourhood. Specifically, I’m interested in investigating the ways in which municipal and provincial alcohol policy, particularly the criminalization of public drinking and the closure of alcohol outlets, has been used to enclose Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and facilitate dispossession throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, and how the voices of drinkers themselves were spoken over throughout this process. Whenever possible, I also work to support the ongoing Right to Remain project.
My time working in the CEHE lab has been an invaluable opportunity to assist with the diverse mixed-methods research being conducted by an exemplary team. This experience has also encouraged me to approach my position as a student of public health in a reflexive way and integrate critical social theory into my exploration of public health research. I feel that the equity-focused work being done by the CEHE lab involving environmental health and community-centred participatory research is very important to the study of public health.
In my free time I try to involve myself in political causes in the Kingston area, play golf badly and read a random assortment of medical history.