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Barbara Neis

University Research Professor (Ph.D. University of Toronto, F.R.S.C.)

Sociological Specialties/Areas of Interest

  • Maritime sociology
  • Sociology of work
  • Gender and society
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Local Ecological Knowledge and Science
  • Political economy
  • Employment-related geographical mobility

Barbara Neis (Ph.D.) is a University Research Professor in the Department of Sociology and Senior Research Associate in the SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research at Memorial University. Professor Neis is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and President (2012-2014) of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health.  She was a Trudeau Foundation Fellow between 2006 and 2009.  Professor Neis received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto, in 1988. Her research focuses broadly on interactions between work, environment, health and communities in rural and remote contexts.  She has researched many aspects of the Newfoundland and Labrador fisheries including gender and fisheries, occupational asthma to snow crab, participatory ergonomics, and fishing vessel safety, as well as fishermen's ecological knowledge and science and rebuilding collapsed fisheries and threatened communities.  Her current research responsibilities include acting as Project Director on a 7-year Partnership grant from SSHRC entitled On the Move: Employment-Related Geographical Mobility in the Canadian Context, co-investigator, theme co-lead and member of the Research Management Committee of the Marine, Envioronmental, Observation, Prediction and Response Network of Centres of Excellence, and co-chair of the Newfoundland node of the SSHRC-funded Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy.

Selected Publications

  • Ecology and Society Special Feature, Rebuilding Collapsed Fisheries and Threatened Communities (Co-editor)
  • Special Issue of Policy and Practice in Health and Safety (Co-editor)
  • Making and Moving Knowledge: Interdisciplinary and Community-Based Research in a World on the Edge (Co-editor)
  • Fishers' Knowledge in Fisheries Science and Management. (Co-editor)
  • Changing Tides: Gender, Fisheries and Globalization. (Co-editor)
  • Finding Our Sea Legs: Linking Fishery People and their Knowledge with Science and Management. (Co-editor)
  • Their Lives and Times, Women in Newfoundland and Labrador: A Collage. (Co-editor)