Dr. Rebecca Schiff

Acting Chair
Associate Professor

Phone Number: 
+1 (807) 766-7199
Office Location: 
SN 1006 B
Office Hours: 
Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Academic Qualifications: 
  • Ph.D., Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy, Murdoch University
  • Dip.Env., McGill University
  • B.Mus., McGill University
Previous Teaching/Work: 
  • HESC 5510: Program Planning and Evaluation (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)
  • HESC 5214: Indigenous Health in Canada (2016, 2015)
  • HESC 5015: Current Issues and Trends in Health Sciences (2016, 2015)
Research Interests: 

My research is broadly interested in factors that support sustainability and equity, particularly in the use and distribution of social goods such as housing, food, and healthcare. This work applies an equity lens to the examination of social policy and programs, with a focus on the needs and voices of those most socially, politically, and economically marginalised. These issues are expanded on through ongoing engagement with questions related to governance and visioning for social justice and sustainability.

Some recent research projects include:

  • Justice system involvement in the context of homelessness and housing insecurity among women: assessment of legal issues and program needs in Thunder Bay. Partnership with           Elizabeth Fry Society of Northwestern Ontario (Funded by Law Foundation of Ontario)
  • At the Crossroads -- Regional centres and the sustainability of Canada's rural and northern landscapes (SSHRC Connections grant) 
  • Improving access to phosphorous and sodium restricted foods for those living with end-stage renal disease on remote First Nations in Northwestern Ontario (funded by Northern Ontario        Academic Medical Association)
  • Understanding the Dynamics of Hidden Homelessness in Rural and Northern Ontario (funded by Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing)
  • Housing and Health in Thunder Bay and Labrador: Building community capacity for data collection, analysis, and evidence-based policy interventions. (funded by Lakehead                    University VPREDI and CIHR) 
  • Managed Alcohol Programs:  Evaluating Effectiveness and Policy Implications. Partnerships for Health System Improvement. PI _ B. Pauly and T. Stockwell (CIHR)
  • Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged (FLEdGE). PI - A. Blay - Palmer (SSHRC Partnership Grants)
  • Northern Teaching Lodges: Learning Partnership for Community Development and Mino Bimaadizwin in First Nation Communities. PI - S. Thompson (SSHRC Partnership Grants)