Dr. Natalya Timoshkina

Associate Professor

Phone Number: 
+1 (705) 330-4010ext. 2702
Office Location: 
OR 1022
Academic Qualifications: 

PhD, Social Work & Women's Studies, University of Toronto

MSW, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, USA

BA/MA, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

Date joined Lakehead: 
August, 2011
Previous Teaching/Work: 
  • Associate Professor (tenured) - School of Social Work (Orillia Campus), Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences; Adjunct Professor, Women's Studies Deprtment (since October 2015); Cross-appointed with the Faculty of Graduate Studies since September 2013 - Lakehead University (2014 - present)
  • Associate Member - School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto (2016 - present)
  • Assistant Professor (tenure-track) - School of Social Work (Orillia Campus), Lakehead University (2011 - 2014)
  • Assistant Professor (contractually limited appointment) - School of Social Work, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies - Cross-appointed with the Faculty of Graduate Studies since September 2009 - York University, ON, Canada (2008 - 2011)
  • Research Coordinator - Institute for Life Course and Aging, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (2005 - 2008)
  • Research Coordinator - Centre for Women's Studies in Education - Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE-UT) (2004 - 2007)
  • Research Fellow - Centre for Applied Social Research - Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto (2001 - 2004)
  • Course Instructor/Teaching Assistant - Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto (2001 - 2004)
  • Research Assistant - Office of the Children’s Lawyer, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General (2001)
  • Coordinator - Antiracism, Multiculturalism and Native Issues (AMNI) Centre - Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto (2000 - 2001)
  • Research Assistant - Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto (1998 - 2001)
  • Research Assistant - Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto (1998 - 2001)
  • Project Coordinator - Discovery International, Ann Arbor/Detroit, MI, USA (1997 - 1998)
  • Research Assistant - School of Social Work, University of Michigan (1997)
  • Research Assistant - Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan (1996)
  • Social Work Intern - Centre for the Education of Women (CEW), Ann Arbor, MI, USA (1995 - 1997)
  • Community Activist/Canvasser - Public Interest Research Group in Michigan (PIRGIM), Ann Arbor, MI, USA (1995)
  • Deputy Managing Editor - WE (Russian-American Newspaper), Izvestia-Hearst Publications, Moscow, Russia (1993 - 1994)
  • Editor - The New Times, International Weekly Magazine, Moscow, Russia (1993 - 1994)
  • Editor and Feature Writer - Express Ltd., Women's Weekly Newspaper, Moscow, Russia (1991 - 1993)
  • Journalist - Izvestia Newspapers, Moscow, Russia (1989 - 1993)
  • Acting Associate Director - MSU Cultural Centre, Moscow, Russia (1989)
  • Head of Community Arts Programming - MSU Cultural Centre, Moscow, Russia (1988 - 1989)
  • Program Coordinator - MSU Cultural Centre, Moscow, Russia (1983 - 1988)
Research Interests: 
  • Human Trafficking
  • Sex Work
  • Migration
  • Social Enterprise

Selected Current Research:

  • "Trafficking of the Elderly" - Project Objectives:  To develop a working definition of trafficking of the elderly in order to information judicial and non-judicial responses to the problem; to determine the general level of awareness and understanding of trafficking of the elderly among the key stakeholders in Canada; to ascertain the primary resources available to the trafficked elderly; to lay the foundation for future studies on the subject in Canada and internationally, particularly by identifying top research priorities (Principal Investigator) (2016 - 2019)
  • “Examining Social Enterprise as a Potential Model for Labour Market (Re)Integration of Human Trafficking Survivors” - The goal of this project is to examine social enterprise (SE) as a potential model for labour market (re)integration programming for survivors of human trafficking, with focus on adult female survivors of domestic sex trafficking in Canada. The project components include a systematic review of empirical literature on SEs and embedded case studies of two women’s SEs in Toronto (Principal Investigator) (2015 - 2018)
  • “Contextualizing Sex Trafficking of Aboriginal Women and Girls” - Project Objectives:  To disseminate the latest research on sex trafficking of Aboriginal women and girls in Canada; to provide the physical and intellectual space for critical analysis and contextualization of the problem; to facilitate face-to-face networking and interdisciplinary, multi-sectoral knowledge exchange among the delegates, particularly students, faculty, and social service providers; to facilitate collaboration between academics and practitioners for the purposes of continual strengthening of the knowledge base and evidence-based practice with trafficked persons; to provide unique educational and training opportunities for students and other participants (Principal Investigator) (2016 - 2018)
  • “Strengthening Community Human Rights Responses through Inter-Disciplinary Collaborative Research” - Project Objectives:  To establish an interdisciplinary group of researchers, consisting of scholars, human rights professionals, and community organizations who will engage on salient human rights issues that affect the North Western Ontario region specifically and Canada generally; as a pilot project for the group, to develop a white paper on the issue of trafficking of women in Thunder Bay complete with an analysis of the problem, the gaps in response, and recommendations towards ending this practice; to maintain and grow the interdisciplinary working group ensuring cross pollination of ideas, approaches, and findings to other communities and Universities across Canada, and to establish more issue-specific international partnerships and resources (Co-Investigator) (PI: Miriam Cohen; Co-Investigators: Dr. Helle Moeller, Dr. Gerald Walton, Dr. Rebecca Schif, Dr. A. Lori Chambers, Dr. Charles Levkoe, and Dreeni Geer) (2017 - 2018)

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