York research community invited to Critical Social Science Perspectives in Global Health, Feb. 24 and 25

FEATURED Global Health
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The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research invites York University community members to join the discussion on critical social science perspectives in global health research at the second annual “York Faculty and Researcher Workshop on Critical Social Science Perspectives in Global Health.” The event is a free, workshop held over two days on Zoom. It will take place Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 25, from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Participants should register their interest in attending at https://www.yorku.ca/dighr/event/critical-social-science-perspectives-in-global-health/ by Monday, Feb. 22.

Participants will discover, share, and engage with members of the research community at York University from a variety of disciplines to develop new insights, collaboration and research opportunities. The purpose of the workshop is to discover, share, and support critical social science perspectives in global health research that is taking place, or is planned at York University, and that contributes to the themes of the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research.

The workshop will seek to enable and support a critical social science with global public health that engages directly with global public health actors to transform public health, while remaining committed to social science theory and methodology. While the definition of what constitutes critical research is quite broad, it usually involves the use of critical theory with social justice aims.

This 2021 workshop builds on the Dahdaleh Institute’s inaugural 2019-20 Workshop on Critical Perspectives in Global Health. In 2019-20, an open call to York University faculty and researchers yielded 14 Five Minute/Two Slides presentations on perspectives and avenues for this work, with five presenters subsequently receiving seed grants of $5,000 CAD each to enable and support their further critical social science research in global health. The five 2019-20 recipients were:

  • Sadia Malik, assistant professor, Department of Economics, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) – “From Territorial Security to Human Security: The Role of Public Health in National and Global Security Frameworks.”
  • Marina Morrow, professor and Chair, School of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Health – “Centering Human Rights in Global Mental Health: Service User Approaches.”
  • Jack Rozdilsky, associate professor, School of Administrative Studies, LA&PS – “Working to Close the Gap in COVID-19 Response Generated Demands in a Canadian First Nations Context.”
  • Adrian M. Veins, associate professor, Faculty of Health “The Need for a Critical Perspective on the Ethical Dimensions of the Global Humanitarian Response to COVID-19”
  • Christina Hoicka, associate professor, Faculty of Environment and Urban Change – “Advancing a just and democratic healthy renewable energy transition in Canada.”

York University faculty and researchers are once again invited to join the discussion on critical social science perspectives in global health research. The 2021 workshop will include presentations from organizing committee members Professor Marina Morrow; Professor Eric Mykhalovskiy, Department of Sociology; Professor Roger Keil, Faculty of Environment and Urban Change, and Dr. James Orbinski, M.D., director, Dahdaleh Institute. There will also be research updates from each of the five inaugural Seed Grant recipients. The workshop will also feature “Two Slides/Five Minutes” pitches on current or proposed research interests on Critical Social Science Perspectives in Global Health and an opportunity to network with colleagues and experts in the field. York Faculty and researchers are invited to prepare a brief Five Minute/Two Slides presentation on any research project – current or planned – which takes this approach.

Following the workshop, The Dahdaleh Institute will again offer five research seed grants of up to $5,000 CAD each, to support the development of further research in Critical Social Science Perspectives in Global Health. Recipients will be invited to present their seed grant work at a 2021-22 full day Dahdaleh Institute Workshop on Critical Perspectives in Global Health. Organizers hope this will encourage York faculty and researchers to develop grant proposals over the summer of 2021 for Fall Tri-Council (and other agency) grant deadlines.