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PhD Candidate, Anthropology, Western University

Alex Nelson (pronouns they/them) is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Western University. Alex’s research explores gender, homelessness, and housing policy, and specifically looks at the ways in which gender-diverse people with lived experience of homelessness mobilize their experiences to reform policy. Alex’s academic research and community involvement is deeply informed by their lived experience of homelessness and involvement in the child welfare system, as well as their experiences at the intersection of queerness and disability.

Alex is a member of the Vote Housing national campaign council, and currently serves on the steering committees of both the Canadian Lived Experience Leadership Network, and the Women’s National Housing and Homelessness Network. Alex is also affiliated with the Making the Shift Scholars with Lived Experience Network, the National Right to Housing Network, and the Child Welfare Political Action Committee.


  • 2018–present
    PhD Candidate, Western University