Magnus Nowell


Program Manager, MSc Health Promotion Studies

After finishing my BAH in Health Studies at Queen’s University, I joined CEHE as a Master’s student working with Dr. Masuda. For my research, I had the unique opportunity to become embedded in an emergent, grassroots response to Vancouver’s opioid overdose crisis. I spend over a year volunteering with the DTES SRO Collaborative and their TORO program, helping with fundraising, tenant organizing, and overdose response workshops in privately owned single room occupancy hotels. My thesis work explores the politics, practices, and discourses of harm reduction through a case study of the novel, peer-led TORO program. Through my work with the SRO Collaborative and as a research assistant on the SSHRC Funded Right to Remain project, which works with the SRO Collaborative, my interests expanded beyond harm reduction to include housing, human rights, activism, urban geography and participatory methodologies.

Since finishing my Master’s, I have been working as CEHE’s Program Manager, helping Dr. Masuda by providing support for the ongoing research projects. I’m hoping to continue to provide support to the Right to Remain and the A SHARED Future Gender Co-Champion Team.