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Broadly defined, my research program seeks to understand diverse social contexts and issues of power and social inclusion, particularly related to constructs of family, children and youth, gender and sexuality, and rurality.
My research examines youth sport and family leisure experiences with an emphasis on the connection to gender and parenting ideologies. My prior work has also investigated family life and leisure meanings in rural settings.
I am currently working on two projects funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The first project (with Dr. Trent Newmeyer) seeks to understand the complexities of non-traditional family structures within the social realm of organized youth sport, notably families of gay and lesbian parents.
I am also working with a research team from Concordia University (with Dr. Stephanie Paterson and Dr. Shannon Hebblethwaite) that is examining the nexus of public policy and leisure for women as they experience the transition to motherhood.
In addition, I have a keen interest in the methodological and ethical issues in the research process, when working with vulnerable and socially marginalized populations such as children, youth, and those living in poverty.