Barbara Parker, PhD

Associate Professor

Phone Number: 
+1 (807) 343-8792
Office Location: 
RB 2043
Academic Qualifications: 
PhD, Sociology, Charles Sturt University, Australia
MA, Sociology with Specialization in Women’s Studies, Lakehead University
BA, Sociology, University of Manitoba
Date joined Lakehead: 
August 2014
Previous Teaching/Work: 

I teach graduate and undergraduate Qualitative Research Methods. At the undergraduate level, I teach Food, Culture & Society; Food, Gender & Health; Food Security in Rural and Northern Communities; and Sociology of Food & Nutrition. I also teach Gender, Health & Food Justice at the graduate level. My teaching practice engages experiential learning in the classroom when possible to achieve a transformational educational experience for my students.

I am interested in supervising graduate students in Sociology who want to work in areas that overlap with my interests. I also supervise graduate students in the Social Justice Studies Masters Program.

Research Interests: 

"Food positivity in Canadian post-secondary pedagogy" (2019-2021 SSHRC IDG) with A. Bombak, P.I. (UNB), E. Cameron (NOSM), N. Riediger, and C. Russell (Lakehead). 

"Post Secondary Student Food Insecurity: Experiences of Indigenous and International Students in Northern Ontario" (2018-2020 SSHRC IDG) with K. Burnett (Lakehead) and K. Skinner (Waterloo).

"Investigating Food Sovereignty as a Best Practice Framework for Health Interventions in Rural and Urban Hubs in Northern Ontario" (2018-2020 CIHR Catalyst Grant). with L. Ray, PI. (Lakehead), J. LeBlanc (NOSM), K. Burnett (Lakehead), A. Cameron and P. McLeod-Shabogesic. 

"Culture, Resiliency, and Prosperity: Transitioning from Food Security to Food Sovereignty and the role of Relocation and Migration on Traditional and Market-based Food Consumption" (2017-2021 SSHRC IG) with K. Skinner, P.I. (Waterloo), J. Cidro (University of Winnipeg), K. Burnett (Lakehead), and H. Neufeld (Guelph).

"A Community History of Colonialism, Health Care, and First Nations in Northwestern Ontario: From the Sioux Lookout Indian Hospital to the Meno Ya Win Health Centre" (2016-2018 SSHRC IDG), with K. Burnett, P.I. (Lakehead) and K. Skinner (Waterloo).

My New Book: Feminist Food Studies: Intersectional Perspectives (2019)with J. Brady, E. Powers, & S. Belyea, Toronto & Vancouver: Women's Press.