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Neis honoured in Norway


One of Memorial’s most accomplished researchers has been recognized with a prestigious honour in Norway.

On March 28, Dr. Barbara Neis received an honorary doctorate award from the University of Tromsø, Norway.

Jarle Aarbakke, rector, University of Tromsø, said Dr. Neis was nominated by the Centre for Women’s Studies and Women in Research.

Dr. Neis is a professor in the Department of Sociology and the co-director of SafetyNet, a Community Research Alliance on Health and Safety in Marine and Coastal Work. She has extensively researched many aspects of the Newfoundland and Labrador fishery, including issues related to occupational health, knowledge systems, industrial restructuring, fisheries policy, and gender and fisheries.

Dr. Neis has extensive experience with working in interdisciplinary teams and in collaborative research with community partners. She has supervised and co-supervised graduate students in many different disciplines, including Sociology, Women’s Studies, Geography, Environmental Studies, and Engineering.

In 2006 Dr. Neis was awarded one of just five Trudeau Foundation Fellowships in Canada for researchers working in key thematic areas such as
human rights, social justice, or people and their
natural environment.

Memorial named Dr. Neis a university research professor last fall, the most prestigious award the university gives for research.

The University of Tromsø is the world’s northernmost university. Founded in 1972, it is one of seven universities in Norway and the largest research and educational institution in northern Norway.
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