Work and the Economy

Faculty in this area study inequality in work arrangements within the context of the changing nature of work and the economy. Areas of study include professional work and the process of professionalization and regulation, gender and work, the interplay between structural factors and individual agency in school-work transitions, job-stress, disability accommodation and precarious employment arrangements, retirement and occupational pensions, and work and aging.

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Faculty Experts in Work and the Economy

Tracey Adams, Professor

Tracey Adams
  • Work
  • Professions
  • Regulation of professions in Canada
  • Social inequality
  • Gendered professions
  • Health professions
SSC 5328
519-661-2111 x85120
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David Calnitsky, Assistant Professor

David Calnitsky
  • Economic Sociology
  • Inequality
  • Gender
  • Work
  • Poverty
  • Social policy

Patrick Denice, Assistant Professor
Graduate Chair, Department of Sociology

Patrick Denice
  • Social inequality, social stratification, and mobility
  • Life course
  • Education
  • Labour markets
  • Union and non-union influences on wages

SSC 5407
519-661-2111 x85725
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Michael Haan, Associate Professor
Director, Statistics Canada Research Data Centre at Western

Michael Haan
  • Demography
  • Immigrant settlement
  • Labour market integration
  • Migration
  • Data development
  • Longitudinal data analysis
On Leave - July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024
SSC 5412
519-661-2111 x85110
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Wolfgang Lehmann, Professor
Assistant Dean, Student Experience, Faculty of Social Science

Wolfgang Lehmann
  • Social inequality
  • Social class
  • Sociology of work
  • Higher education
  • Vocational education
  • School-work transitions

SSC 5430
519-661-2111 x85385
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Kaitlynn Mendes, Associate Professor

Kaitlynn Mendes
  • Gender inequality
  • Social media
  • Sexual violence
  • Youth
  • Mixed methods research

SSC 5415
519-661-2111 x87356
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Kim Shuey, Professor

Kim Shuey
  • Health and disability across the life course
  • Transmission of health across generations
  • Precarious employment, work and health
  • Environmental sociology.
On Leave - July 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023
SSC 5426
519-661-2111 x85135
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Sean Waite, Associate Professor

Sean Waite
  • Social inequality
  • Gender inequality
  • Higher education outcomes
  • LGBTQ and the labour market
  • LGBTQ identity, poverty and health
  • Criminology and deviance
On Leave - July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024
SSC 5212
519-661-2111 x87689
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