Barbara Parker, PhD

Assistant 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: 

I am Principal Investigator on a SSHRC Insight Development grant (2018-2020), "Post Secondary Student Food Insecurity: Experiences of Indigenous and International Students in Northern Ontario". This Participatory Action Research (PAR) project explores experiences of  food insecurity at Lakehead University through justice oriented educational outreach aimed at finding solutions from the ground up.  

I am co-investigator on a CIHR funded project (2018-2020) that examines indigenous food sovereignty as a framework for health promotion in the northern communities of Kenora and Sudbury; Co-investigator on a SSHRC Insight grant (2017-2021) that looks at the transition from food insecurity to indigenous food sovereignty in northern Ontario communities; and a SHHRC Insight Development project (2016-2019) that is looking at the history of health care in Sioux Lookout, ON.  

Forthcoming: I have an Edited Collection: Feminist Food Studies: Intersectional Perspectives, with J. Brady, E. Powers, & S. Belyea, to be published by Women's Press in August 2019.