Research Program

My research investigates complex inequalities, protest participation and sustainable mobilities. I have a longstanding interest in using multilevel modeling to show how neighbourhoods, city and regional contexts shape individual outcomes, from domestic labour and political protest to everyday cycling. In a recent article published in the International Journal of Social Research Methodology that I co-authored with my PhD supervisor, Dr. Janet Siltanen, I contributed an original multilevel regression analysis of unpaid domestic labour.

Early sketch of the cross-level interaction discussed in the article above

The Social Dynamics of Mobility

Building on this methodology, I am currently examining the social and spatial dynamics of everyday cycling with 2016 census data, including possible cross-level interaction effects between gender (plus other axes of identity) and urban and political contexts across Canada. I am also probing the social and regional determinants of attitudes among Canadians towards bike lanes, sharing the road and conflict between cyclists and motorists.

Political Cultures and Contexts of Protest

My other, ongoing project analyzes the multilevel social dynamics of protest participation using Wave 5 data from the World Values Survey (2006), measuring the contextual influence of nations and comparing the social dynamics underlying Canadian protest with that of other countries. In a companion piece to this project, I am undertaking a repeated surveys analysis of the effects of religion over time on protest participation in Canada.

Protesting Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion on Burnaby Mountain