Jane McArthur, SSHRC Doctoral Fellow in Sociology/Social Justice at the University of Windsor, combines her educational background in communications with her twenty five years of working on issues of environmental and occupational health through community based research, education and advocacy.
With past experience in Research Coordination and Assistance on projects including the "Risk Exploration Project", “Living and Working in Essex and Kent Counties” , and "Lifetime Histories Breast Cancer Research Study", Jane's work is rooted in community based health investigations with a view to prevention.
Though her work for improved well-being and justice has often had breast cancer as a focus, she also works through broader issues of health and well-being as they intersect with gender, race, class and inequalities in power, all with a view to empowerment and social change from the grassroots up through various levels of governance.
With a recognition of the importance of the role of the media in contributing to the construction of realities in contemporary society, investigating the production of discourses are a pivotal aspect of Jane’s ongoing work in community environmental health perspectives.
Her dissertation research will examine how women who work in an environment with an identified risk of breast cancer construct understandings and narratives of their risks and how women perceive and exercise agency in the acceptance, avoidance or negotiation of those risks.
She expects to graduate with a PhD in 2019.
Jane has received multiple awards and scholarships for her research, is a Member of the Windsor Cancer Research Group, an Affiliated Researcher with HRCVAW, an Informed Opinions Expert and is a champion for getting issues from the margins into the mainstream.
Research assistant, University of Windsor
Doctoral Candidate in Sociology, University of Windsor
Research Coordinator, Risk Exploration Project, University of Windsor
Research Assistant, Lifetime Histories Breast Cancer Research Study, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)
Project Coordinator, lIving and Working in Essex and Kent Counties, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)
Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Windsor
Development Officer, Capitol Theatre and Arts Centre (Windsor)
Writer and Education Consultant, National Health and Safety Conference on Occupational Stress, Canadian Union of Public Employees
Research Assistant and Video Production, Windsor Occupational Health Information Service
University of Windsor, M.A., Communication and Social Justice
University of Windsor, B.A.Hons, Communication Studies
Chapter 6 in Sick & Tired, “Challenging the Dominant Breast Cancer Causation Paradigm through the Lens of Media Discourses” , Fernwood Publishing
“Toronto Star Coverage and the Politics of Breast Cancer”, Synaesthesia: Communication Across Cultures
Grants and Contracts
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Risk Exploration Project
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Ontario Chapter
Living and Working in Essex and Kent Counties
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Lifetime Histories Breast Cancer Research Study
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
Student Program to Eliminate Environmental Cancers (SPEEC)