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Researchers


Jessica Riel
Professor in occupational health at the Department of Industrial Relations (UQO)
Director of the FRQ-SC Interdisciplinary Work Research Team “Health, Gender, Equality” (SAGE)
 
The consideration of gender and its influence on work activity is central to her research. More specifically, her research focuses on the collective dimension of work from an occupational health and safety perspective, work-family balance in male-dominated environments, analysis of teaching activity and women's occupational health in female- and male-dominated employment sectors. She is also interested in the integration of gender in the ergonomic analysis of work. She is also a member of the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur le bien-être, la santé, la société et l’environnement (CINBIOSE), the Réseau québécois en études féministes (RéQEF), the Équipe de recherche travail et société (ERTS) and the Institut santé et société (ISS).
Geneviève Baril-Gingras
Professor at the Department of Industrial Relations (Université Laval)
 
She holds a master's degree in ergonomics (UQAM 1992) and a PhD in administrative sciences (ULaval 2003). She has been a prevention consultant and ergonomist for about ten years, before completing a thesis on the conditions and processes leading to changes in prevention during external occupational health and safety interventions. She has been a professor at Université Laval since 2002 and has been affiliated with the Department of Industrial Relations since July 2005. She conducts research on public policy and union activity in the field of occupational health and safety.
Stéphanie Bernstein

Professor at the Department of Legal Sciences (UQAM)
Advocatus emeritus Member of the Bar of Quebec

Her fields of research and teaching are focused on national, international and comparative legal regulation of work. She has been involved for nearly 20 years in multidisciplinary research on the precarization of work, particularly in relation to so-called "atypical" forms of work, care work, temporary migrant work and work-family conflict. The lines of research that she has focused on to date converge in the present project, which allows for a more in-depth analysis of the links between public policies, sex-, gender- and race- based segregation, and the situation of different categories of workers in precarious situations. She is a member of the CINBIOSE, the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) and the Chaire de recherche UQAM sur la méthodologie et l’épistémologie de la recherche partenariale.

Rachel Cox

Professor at the Department of Legal Sciences (UQAM)
Member of the Bar of Quebec
Director of the 1st area 

She focuses on interdisciplinary research in partnership with unions, women's groups and community groups. She is a regular speaker at national and international scientific conferences on health and safety and equality rights in the workplace, including harassment, both nationally and internationally. She authored several publications in the field of occupational health and safety and human rights law. She is also a member of the CINBIOSE and the ISS.

Dalia Gesualdi-Fecteau
Professor at the Department of Legal Sciences (UQAM)
Member of the Bar of Quebec
 
Her research interests include the effectiveness of minimum employment standards, differential treatment clauses and the notion of equal treatment, as well as new forms of employment. Her recent publications focus on temporary foreign workers' use of labour law protections and on the legal framework of the porous boundaries between working and non-working time. She is also associated with the Access to Law and Justice project, in which she is responsible for the work on the human and financial costs of justice.
Anne Renée Gravel

Professor in occupational health and safety and in human resources management at the School of Administrative Sciences (TÉLUQ)

She adopts a feminist analytical perspective in her research and has a particular interest in women's work. She is the first author of the book : Les centres de la petite enfance. Un mode de gestion féministe en transformation published by PUQ. She is also a member of the CINBIOSE and the RéQEF.

Nathalie Houlfort
Professor in industrial and organizational psychology at the Department of Psychology (UQAM)
 
She received her PhD in Social Psychology from McGill University in 2004. From 2005 to 2010, she was a professor at the École nationale d'administration publique, where she developed an expertise in career management and knowledge transfer. Her work focuses on the role of motivational processes in the daily lives of workers. Professor Houlfort's current research projects focus on work-life balance, passion at work and knowledge transfer strategies. Her work is rooted in the theory of self-determination.
 
 
Marie Laberge

Associate professor at the School of Rehabilitation (Université de Montréal)
Director of the GESTE Team - for knowledge sharing (IRSC #153454)

Her research focuses on the development of interventions to prevent work inability among adolescents with learning disabilities who are transitioning to the workforce. She is also interested in the consideration of sex and gender in occupational health research and intervention. She is a regular researcher at the CHU Ste-Justine research center, at the CINBIOSE and the ISS.

Valérie Lederer

Professor in occupational health at the Department of Industrial Relations (UQO)
Director of the 3rd area 

Her research focuses on the determinants of prolonged work disability, the influence of sex and gender on the disability process and issues related to return to work and job retention of vulnerable populations (aging populations and/or recent immigrants) and the evaluation of work rehabilitation programs. Methodologically, she is interested in the development of mixed research methods, complex literature reviews integrating the results of quantitative, qualitative and mixed studies, and the development of tools to better detect and account for sex and gender effects in research. She is a member of the Équipe de recherche travail et société (ERTS).

Mélanie Lefrançois

Professor in occupational health and safety at the Department of Human Resources and Organizations (ESG-UQAM) 
Director of the 2nd area

Her work focuses on the analysis of interpersonal relationships (formal and informal) around occupational health and safety issues, especially with precarious work settings and atypical schedules. She holds an interdisciplinary doctorate in health and society (communication and ergonomics) (2018). Her research integrates communicational approaches, including the analysis of social networks, and the ergonomic analysis of activity. Conducted in partnership and action-oriented, her recent or ongoing projects cover how work-family is addressed in low-control type jobs and in male- or female-dominated jobs, as well as the integration of sex and gender in knowledge transfer tools. She is also a member of the CINBIOSE and the ISS.

Marie-Eve Major
Professor at the Faculty of Physical Activity Sciences (Université de Sherbrooke)
 
Her work and research interests involve occupational health determinants and the development and evaluation of workplace interventions. She also focuses on the development of gender and social inequalities sensitive methodological tools. She is also a member of the CINBIOSE.
Karen Messing

Emeritus professor at the Department of Biological Sciences (UQAM)

She has authored Bent out of Shape: Shame, Solidarity, and Women's Bodies at Work (BTL Books 2021), Pain and Prejudice: What Science Can Learn about Work from the People Who Do It (BTL Books 2014) and One-eyed Science: Occupational Health and Women Workers (Temple University Press 1998). Most notably, she received the Governor General’s Award (2009) in recognition of her contribution to women’s well-being and the American Industrial Hygiene Association Yant Award (2014). Her research focuses on the gender analysis input to the understanding of occupational health data and the analysis of women's work in the service industry. She is also a member of the CINBIOSE and the ISS.

Johanne Saint-Charles

Professor at the Department of Social and Public Communication (UQAM)
Assistant director of the environmental health area of research at the CINBIOSE

Her research takes place in an interdisciplinary and partnership context using an ecosystem perspective of health (ecohealth) in environmental and occupational health. Her expertise involves the study of relational dynamics in human groups and networks. She is also a member of the ISS.

Hélène Sultan-Taïeb

Professor at the Department of Human Resources and Organizations at the École des sciences de la gestion (ESG-UQAM)

As an occupational health economist, she is currently leading several research projects funded by granting agencies (CIHR, IRSST) on the evaluation of preventive interventions in the workplace, such as the analysis of the implementation process and cost-benefit evaluations. Her research work also focuses on the costs of work-related illnesses due to carcinogens or psychosocial constraints such as work stress, among other things. She is also a member of the CINBIOSE and the ISS.

Nicole Vézina

Professor at the Department of Physical Activity Sciences (UQAM)

She teaches at the Professional Masters Degree in Ergonomics which she was responsible for developing. Her research is on the practice of ergonomic intervention, with a particular focus on its development, its evaluation and the consideration of sex and gender when carrying out workplace interventions. Her research projects have led to interdisciplinary collaboration between ergonomics, rehabilitation, epidemiology, professional training, management and economics, along with the development of international partnerships. She has been a member of the CINBIOSE for 30 years, the ISS and the IREF.