Dr. Barbara Neis
Dr. Barbara Neis is a University Research Professor in the Department of Sociology at Memorial University, as well as the Co-Director of SafetyNet. President of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health, a member of the Core Group on Ocean Science in Canada for the Council of Canadian Academies Ocean Science Project, and the founder of the Fishing for the Future Film Festival, Dr. Neis is currently Vice-President (Fellow) of the Trudeau Foundation Society. She has received the President’s Award for Outstanding Research at Memorial University and is a former member of SSHRC Council. Her past research focused broadly on developing research partnerships to explore 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 and fishing vessel safety; the environmental, social and human health impacts of restructuring in fisheries; and local ecological knowledge and science. Four years ago, she began shifting her focus towards the study of employment-related geographical mobility and its impacts on workers and their families, employers, and home and host communities. She is currently the Project Director for the On the Move Partnership, which focuses on these issues.