Funded Master’s Opportunity on Project entitled “Migration, Mines, and Marginalization: An Ethnography of Transformation in Canadian Resource Towns.”

 

Funding ($15,000/annum for two years) is available for a Masters student on an ethnographic project entitled “Migration, Mines, and Marginalization: An Ethnography of Transformation in Canadian Resource Towns.” The successful applicant will complete an MSc in Family Medicine Research under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, Dr. Kathleen (Kate) Rice. Dr. Rice is the Tier II Canada Research Chair in the Medical Anthropology of Primary Care, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University. The MSc in Family Medicine Research is a two-year program (2021-2023), with data collection taking place after the completion of coursework in the first year.

 

The overarching project uses ethnographic methods to capture the experiences of health care providers and new migrants to former-resource towns that are undergoing a demographic transition, as low-income people migrate North in search of affordable housing. It turns a critical eye on interconnected transformations that have impacted both the economy and social services in the north. These include changes in global markets that in turn influence demand for natural resources (with implications for job security in the resource sector), the ascendency of an increasingly anti-labour form of capitalism, a hands-off approach to housing markets, and welfare reforms that have resulted in both a clawing back of services in the north and a downscaling of employment insurance programmes.

 

The successful applicant may carry out a Masters project of their own conceptualisation in a Canadian resource town of their choice, provided it employs qualitative – ideally ethnographic – methods, and falls under the topical umbrella of rural health and/or care (broadly-defined), demographic shift, and/or policy. The student will also be expected to contribute towards the larger project through literature review, and collaboration with the study lead in analysis of study data. A background in social science or public health is ideal, although not imperative.

 

Interested students are invited to submit a CV and statement of interest to Kate Rice at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Inquiries about the project or the graduate program in Family Medicine Research are also welcome. The application deadline to the MSc program is February 1st 2021 and interested persons are advised to contact Dr. Rice in advance of the deadline.

Diverse applicants are warmly welcome. The Department of Family Medicine is actively transforming in alignment McGill University’s Anti-Black Racism Action Plan, and has a designated space for Indigenous sharing, learning, and teaching.

 

More information about the Kathleen Rice’s research program can be found here:

https://www.mcgill.ca/familymed/kathleen-rice

 

Further information about the graduate program in Family Medicine Research can be found here:
https://www.mcgill.ca/familymed/education/graduate-programs

 

Kathleen Rice, PhD
Assistant Professor

Canada Research Chair in the Medical Anthropology of Primary Care

Department of Family Medicine, McGill University
5858, Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Suite 300
Montréal, QC H3S 1Z1