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Allison Williams

Professor, Faculty of Science, McMaster University

Trained as a health geographer, my first academic appointment was at Brock University in the interdisciplinary Health Studies Program. I then moved to the University of Saskatchewan, where I primarily worked with the interdisciplinary Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit whilst also associate with the Department of Geography. I have been at McMaster in the School of Geography & Earth Sciences since 2004. My work is closely tied to creating evidence for policy change at various scales. I am currently leading a CIHR/SSHRC Healthy, Productive Work Partnership Grant addressing the mobilization of a voluntary Standard for workplaces, which provides direction on how to realize a carer-inclusive workplace:

Standard for Workplaces: B701-F17 – Carer-inclusive and accommodating organizations
English Standard:
French Standard:
And the accompanying Implementation Guide: B701HB-18 – Helping worker-carers in your organization
English Guide:
French Guide:

See the accessible Carer-Inclusive Quick-Study Guide:


  • –present
    Professor, Faculty of Science, McMaster University


  • 1997 
    York University, PhD Geography


Canadian Institutes of Health Research Chair in Gender, Work and Health