Nicole Power

Associate Professor,

Department of Sociology
Phone: 709.864.6914

Research Interests

Power’s early work examined the gendered impacts of industrial restructuring and ecological collapse on Newfoundland men who fish inshore for a living; the connections between masculinity and health and safety in fisheries work; and safety discourses in Transport Canada’s regulatory and curricular texts. More recently, her work with the Community University Research for Recovery Alliance focused on young people’s experiences and understandings of work and recreation in fisheries communities, as well as their connections to place and intentions to stay, leave or return. Currently, she is co-investigator with the On the Move Partnership examining the relationship between social-ecological restructuring and employment-related geographical mobilities in fisheries since the early 1990s.


  • University of Essex, PhD (Sociology), 2002
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland, MA (Sociology), 1997
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland, BA (Sociology & French), 1992

Selected Publications

  • Power, N. G., M. E. Norman and K. Dupré. 2014. "The fishery went away": The impacts of long-term fishery closures on young people's experience and perception of fisheries employment in Newfoundland coastal communities. Ecology and Society 19 (3): 6. [online] URL:
  • Power, N. G., M. E. Norman and K. Dupré. 2014. Rural youth and emotional geographies: how photovoice and words-alone methods tell different stories of place, Journal of Youth Studies, DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2014.881983
  • Norman, M. & N. G. Power. 2014. “Stuck between ‘the rock’ and a hard place: rural crisis and re-imagining rural Newfoundland feminine subjectivities,” Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2013.855707.
  • Neis, B., S. Gerrard and N. G. Power. 2013. “Women and Children First: the Gendered and Generational Social-ecology of Smaller-scale Fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador and Northern Norway,” Ecology and Society 18 (4): 64. [online] URL:


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