Relevant Degree Programs
Affiliations to Research Centres, Institutes & Clusters
Open Research Positions
I am currently recruiting incoming PhD students with strong backgrounds in qualitative, community-based participatory action, and/or anthropological methods who are passionate about doing research broadly focused on youth, substance use and care. Students will carve out an independent project as part of one of the following studies:
(1) The Treatment Trajectories Study explores young people’s substance use treatment trajectories and outcomes in the context of Vancouver’s expanding efforts to address the current overdose and COVID-19 crises. Through longitudinal qualitative interviews, ethnographic fieldwork and an experimental video project, we are documenting the evolving experiences of these young people and their service providers over time, as they navigate a rapidly transforming landscape of care
(2) The Care Pathways Study focuses on the experiences of younger youth (ages 14-18) as they navigate multiple systems of care and supervision, including the substance use service, criminal justice, government care, paediatric care and mental health care systems. Through longitudinal qualitative interviews and ethnographic fieldwork, we are documenting the evolving experiences of these young people and their service providers over time. As with the Treatment Trajectories Study, our goal is to create new knowledge that can directly inform ongoing efforts to deliver innovative substance use services to youth across Greater Vancouver.
More information can be found at:
Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!
- Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
- Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
- Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
- Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
- Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
- Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
- Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
- Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
- Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
- Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
- Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
- Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
- Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
- Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
- Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.
- "am i gonna get in trouble for acknowledging my will to be safe?": Identifying the experiences of young sexual minority men and substance use in the context of an opioid overdose crisis (2020)
Harm Reduction Journal, 17 (1)
- “Something that actually works”: Cannabis use among young people in the context of street entrenchment (2020)
PLoS ONE, 15 (7 Jul)
- Erratum to ‘Poppers, queer sex and a Canadian crackdown: Examining the experiences of alkyl nitrite use among young sexual minority men’ [International Journal of Drug Policy 77 (2020) 102670] (International Journal of Drug Policy (2020) 77, (S09553959203 (2020)
International Journal of Drug Policy, 84
- Opioid agonist therapy trajectories among street entrenched youth in the context of a public health crisis (2020)
SSM - Population Health, 11
- Poppers, queer sex and a Canadian crackdown: Examining the experiences of alkyl nitrite use among young sexual minority men (2020)
International Journal of Drug Policy, 77
- The knife's edge: Masculinities and precarity in East Africa (2020)
Social Science and Medicine, 258
- The sexualised use of cannabis among young sexual minority men: “I’m actually enjoying this for the first time” (2020)
Culture, Health and Sexuality,
- Interventions to address substance use and sexual risk among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men who use methamphetamine: A systematic review (2019)
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 194, 410-429
- Prevalence and correlates of selling illicit cannabis among people who use drugs in Vancouver, Canada: A ten-year prospective cohort study (2019)
International Journal of Drug Policy, 69, 16-23
- The authors respond to comments on the use of secure care in youth (2019)
CMAJ, 191 (7), E199-E200
- “We Don’t Belong There”: New Geographies of Homelessness, Addiction, and Social Control in Vancouver’s Inner City (2018)
City and Society, 30 (2), 237-262
- Becoming and coming undone on the streets of Dar es Salaam (2018)
Africa Today, 64 (3), 2-26
- Criminalization of HIV non-disclosure: Narratives from young men living in vancouver, Canada (2018)
PLoS ONE, 13 (7)
- Secure care: More harm than good (2018)
CMAJ, 190 (41), E1219-E1220
- “Getting out of downtown”: a longitudinal study of how street-entrenched youth attempt to exit an inner city drug scene (2017)
BMC Public Health, 17 (1)
- Dream homes and dead ends in the city: a photo essay experiment (2017)
Sociology of Health and Illness, 39 (7), 1134-1148
- Perceptions of a drug prevention public service announcement campaign among street-involved youth in Vancouver, Canada: A qualitative study (2017)
Harm Reduction Journal, 14 (1)
- Social-structural factors influencing periods of injection cessation among marginalized youth who inject drugs in Vancouver, Canada: An ethno-epidemiological study (2017)
Harm Reduction Journal, 14 (1)
- Still “at risk”: An examination of how street-involved young people understand, experience, and engage with “harm reduction” in Vancouver's inner city (2017)
International Journal of Drug Policy, 45, 33-39
- The material, moral, and affective worlds of dealing and crime among young men entrenched in an inner city drug scene (2017)
International Journal of Drug Policy, 44, 1-11
- Pathways to criminalization for street-involved youth who use illicit substances (2016)
Critical Public Health, 26 (5), 530-541
- The multiple truths about crystal meth among young people entrenched in an urban drug scene: A longitudinal ethnographic investigation (2014)
Social Science and Medicine, 110, 41-48
- Did Somebody Say Community? Young People's Critiques of Conventional Community Narratives in the Context of a Local Drug Scene (2013)
Human Organization, 72 (2), 98-110
- 'I guess my own fancy screwed me over': Transitions in drug use and the context of choice among young people entrenched in an open drug scene (2010)
BMC Public Health, 10
- Drug-related risks among street youth in two neighborhoods in a Canadian setting (2010)
Health and Place, 16 (5), 1061-1067
- Safety and danger in downtown Vancouver: Understandings of place among young people entrenched in an urban drug scene (2010)
Health and Place, 16 (1), 51-60
- Social and structural barriers to housing among street-involved youth who use illicit drugs (2010)
Health and Social Care in the Community, 18 (3), 282-288
- Coming 'down here': Young people's reflections on becoming entrenched in a local drug scene (2009)
Social Science and Medicine, 69 (8), 1204-1210
- Social influences upon injection initiation among street-involved youth in Vancouver, Canada: A qualitative study (2009)
Substance Abuse: Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 4
- The perspectives of injection drug users regarding safer injecting education delivered through a supervised injecting facility (2008)
Harm Reduction Journal, 5