University of Alberta
Summary of research:
1. Improving Women's Health: An Examination of Effectiveness in Law and Policymaking: This research program focuses on law's role in the lives, wellbeing and health of women, especially women from marginalized populations. A subject both empirical and theoretical, the research examines the range of factors that limit the effectiveness of health policy for particular marginalized groups, especially aboriginal, immigrant and racialized groups of women. 2. Law, Intersectionality and Women's Health: This project examines whether progressive legislation and policies addressing women’s health adequately account for the sociocultural, economic and political contexts within which the laws are established and within which women’s health challenges occur; and whether such laws sufficiently address the implementation problems that can arise where prevailing sociocultural norms hinder health service delivery. 3. Aboriginal Women's Health and the Limits of Law: This research examines the ways in which infrastructural and resource constraints limit the legal response to the health needs of women. With particular reference to resource shortages in underserved populations and among marginalized groups (such as Aboriginal women in Canada), it explores how rights denial, resource shortages and lack of basic access to health services in these communities worsen health outcomes.