The Challenges of Integrating Intersectionality in Policy and Practice | Research Seminar with Olena Hankivsky

When and Where

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
CIRHR Room 205


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 Addressing inequities is a pressing policy priority, particularly as brought to light by the growing awareness of interlocking global challenges including COVID-19 pandemic recovery, climate change, and geopolitical instability. Canada has been a leader in developing intersectionality-informed policy approaches. Yet, misunderstandings persist on how to operationalize an intersectional approach and increasingly calls are made to develop clear and effective guidance. My talk will focus on emerging results of a systematic review of intersectionality applications (funded through a larger CIHR project), specifically looking at existing and newly developed tools, guides, and case examples. The review findings include an analysis of where such work is being produced and by whom, whether and how guidance frameworks to date align with the key tenets of intersectionality, examples of promising and transformational practices as well as those approaches which fall short of effectively operationalizing intersectionality. 

Olena Hankivsky is a Professor and Director of the Institute for Intersectionality Research and Policy at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada (currently on partial political leave as she is also the Mayor of Port Hope, Ontario).  An international expert in the field of intersectionality, Dr. Hankivsky has 25 years + experience working across academic, government, NGO and international organizations including UN and WHO. She has been a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute, Geneva (2017-2019), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2013-2015) and Columbia University (2008). From 2019-2020 she was the Director, Centre for Health Equity, Gender and Equity Research Chair, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne Australia Dr. Hankivsky has been an invited speaker to a wide range of audiences across Canada and across the globe. Her publications have been featured in Lancet, Social Science and Medicine, American Journal of Political Science and Canadian Public Policy. More recently books include Women’s Health in Canada (2nd volume University of Toronto Press) with Drs. Morrow and Varcoe and The Palgrave Handbook of Intersectionality in Public Policy with Dr. Julia Jordan Zachery.

Our CIRHR Research Seminar series invites industry leaders and researchers to present their findings. Future guest speakers include:

  • October 11, Aruna Ranganathan, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business
  • November 15, Christine Riordan, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, School of Labor & Employment Relations
  • December 6, Brian Rubineau, McGill University, Desautels Faculty of Management