Awards / Prix

CSA Award Winners / Détentaires des prix de la SCS

The Canadian Sociological Association is proud to announce our award recipients for 2016.   They were honoured at our Annual Banquet and Award Ceremony to held at the University of Calgary in May 2016.  Photos from the event and more information about the recipients have been posted below.

Links to CSA Awards (including terms of reference and nomination procedures)


2016 CSA-SCS Award recipients

Angus Reid Applied Sociology Award

Angus Reid Award RecipientsPractitioner recipient: Prabjhote (Jyoti) Gondek, Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary

Jyoti Gondek completed her doctoral research in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary in 2014 and is now Director of the Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies at the Haskayne School of Business.

In 2013, Jyoti Gondek was awarded the Angus Reid Applied Sociology Award in the Student Category. Since that time, Jyoti has completed her doctorate, enhanced her community involvement significantly, and broadened her impact beyond the connections she developed over many years before completing her graduate degrees.

Perhaps the one thing that most strongly reflects Jyoti’s expertise and stature within the community is the fact that she was elected by City Council to serve as a citizen representative on the Calgary Planning Commission – one of the most important commissions in the City of Calgary. The Planning Commission makes significant policy decisions that impact the entire city and Jyoti was chosen to serve because of her reputation for sound judgement and knowledge of issues. Beyond that, Jyoti brings social sensitivity (or “sociological” sensitivity) to planning decisions. Jyoti emphasizes that it is not just developers and politicians who matter but others, including minority groups, neighborhoods, communities, the marginalized and the poor.

In all of her work, Jyoti has been highly sensitive to the issues of competing stakeholders. As a result of her longstanding engagement with members of the business sector and the municipal government, Jyoti has been able to inject sociological perspectives into a number of settings, including, as well, the Calgary Chamber of Commerce’s Citizens’ Commission on Municipal Infrastructure.

Further, Jyoti has been an advocate for sociology students who hope to pursue a more applied career over a more traditional academic path. As a practising sociologist, Jyoti is committed to creating a strong identity for the discipline by ensuring that other sociologists receive opportunities to participate in applied work that can bring about positive change for society.

Student recipient: Pernille Goodbrand, University of Calgary

Pernille recently earned her MA degree earlier this year and is now a Research Coordinator in the Haskayne School of Business.

Pernille’s interest in sociological practice first became evident through her honours thesis on the transformation occurring in the East Village and analyzing the redevelopment process and gentrification of that community where there were deliberate efforts to resist displacement of the homeless and their shelters.

Between her undergraduate program and her graduate program, Pernille put her sociology to work as a full time worker with Inn From the Cold - an organization that provides shelter to economically challenged families. In that role, she served as Volunteer Coordinator and Adopt-a-Family Coordinator.

Pernille’s interest in the analysis of urbanization and its consequences led her to the decision to focus her MA research on an issue of great community interest – namely, the issue of illegal secondary suites. In a city like Calgary which has grown exponentially, secondary suites were a highly debated political issue because of the polarization of attitudes between housing need and community opposition. Her work is an excellent contribution to discussions about the effect of urban processes on real people, as she discovered through interviewing people who lived in these secondary suites. Not surprisingly, the local media was very interested in this project which led to numerous media interviews and reports.

Even at this early stage in her career, Pernille has made a significant contribution to applied sociological research and we have no doubt she will continue this trajectory.


Best Student Paper Award: Holly Campeau, University of Toronto, 'The Right Way, the Wrong Way, and the Blueville Way': How Cultural Match Matters for Standardization in the Police Organization.

Best Student Paper AwardThe Best Student Paper Award received 14 nominations from an excellent slate of candidates, which made the committee excited about the strength of Canadian sociology’s future.

After reviewing the submissions the committee came to a unanimous decision that Holly Campeau’s paper, entitled: “The Right Way, the Wrong Way, and the Blueville Way’: How Cultural Match Matters for Standardization in the Police Organization” was the clear winner. The paper was simply excellent. It was theoretically rich and makes contributions to the literature on policing, standardization, and organizational behaviour. It included 100 interviews and field notes over an 18 month period. The committee felt the paper should be published in a leading journal because of its many strengths.






Canadian Review of Sociology Best Article Award (two articles were selected):

CRS Best Article Award 1Sylvia Fuller and Natasha Stecy-Hildebrandt, Lasting Disadvantage? Comparing Career Trajectories of Matched Temporary and Permanent Workers in Canada. (Vol. 51. No. 4, 2014)

In this article, Fuller and Stecy-Hildebrandt explore the medium-term impact of having a temporary job on income.   Although previous research has revealed that workers in temporary jobs have lower and less predictable incomes, compared to workers in permanent full-time employment, we know little about how a spell of temporary employment affects income trajectories in successive years.   Fuller and Stecy-Hildebrandt find that there is persistent disadvantage associated with temporary employment, which is more pronounced for women. While income gaps between permanent and temporary workers decrease over time, they may not be eliminated. Temporary work may lead to full-time employment, but not necessarily good quality full-time employment. The authors also explore the factors that may contribute to this disadvantage. They conclude with several policy recommendations to facilitate the transition between temporary and full-time work.

This article impressed the selection committee due to its rigorous and thorough methodological approach, and its fascinating findings that shed new light on the implications of temporary work on Canadian workers.


CRS Best Article Award 2Neil Guppy and Nicole Lunogo, The Rise and Stall of Canada's Gender-Equity Revolution. (Vol. 52. No. 3, 2015)

In this article, Guppy and Luongo examine gender equity over time along several dimensions: labour force participation, income, education, political participation and the performance of domestic labour. In each dimension Guppy and Luongo find evidence of stalled progress towards gender equity. The authors then turn to exploring government policies, concerning parental leaves, childcare, employment, and more. Here too they find evidence of a stalled revolution, arguing that the turn toward neo-liberal policies has had a negative impact for gender equity. The authors then provide advice for re-energizing and renewing the gender equity revolution.

This article impressed the selection committee with its scope, and valuable insights it provides to an important social issue.



Early Investigator Award: Wendy Roth, University of British Columbia

Early Investigator AwardIn a strong field, Wendy's work stood out as being especially innovative in terms of her methodological approaches and profoundly meaningful in terms of her substantive topics and contributions.  She has a very prolific research and publication record, and has first authored several articles - both methodological and substantive - in Canadian, American and international journals. Her areas of specialization include economic inequality and immigration, violence in schools, and most prominently, the social construction of race. Her work has been very well reviewed, and taken up by others - and is showing already a high level of influence. As one of the commentators on her most recent book "Race Migrations" states "All future studies of how race 'travels' will have to engage with the analysis presented here".

As sociologists we are very familiar with the idea that race is a social construction. Wendy's work in the book "Race Migrations" presents a detailed and finely nuanced analysis of how this social construction happens through a complex, comparative analysis of two different Latino groups. She sets out the fluidity, and strategic considerations, in understandings of race  among these groups in both the sending countries and in the US. I'm pleased to note that her future development of this work, through a recent SSHRC Insight Grant and other projects,  will involve examining the "future of race" including in the Canadian context.

John Porter Tradition of Excellence Book Award:
Vic Satzewich (2015) Points of Entry: How Canada’s Immigration Officers Decide Who Gets In. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

John Porter AwardThe Porter Prize Committee is pleased to present this year's award to Dr. Vic Satzewich, for his book Points of Entry: How Canada’s Immigration Officers Decide Who Gets In. The book draws on data gathered from eleven overseas visa offices to examine how immigration officers implement discretion in their decisions about who is given or denied entry into Canada. Satzewich finds that, rather than simply being about individual bias, decisions are based more broadly on the organizational culture and local knowledges. Members of the Porter committee commended the book for making a novel contribution through its ethnographic approach that moves between micro and macro levels of analysis and offers a rich glimpse into inner workings of immigration decisions. Reflecting the Porter tradition, the book considers a topic—the inner workings of the Department of Immigration—that is not only timely, but written in a highly accessible manner for a broad readership.





Outstanding Contribution Award: Neil Guppy, University of British Columbia 

Outstanding ContributionThe Outstanding Contribution Award received very strong nominations this year reflecting the strength of the discipline and activity of our membership. The committee wants to thank all those who made nominations this year and encourage them and others to keep doing so in the years to come.

Through unanimous consensus the committee chose Neil Guppy as the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution Award. The committee recognized Dr. Guppy’s long standing commitment to Canadian sociology and contributions to the Canadian Sociological Association. It was struck by the breadth of issues his research has tackled and quality of his publications and insights. The committee likewise recognized the important role Dr. Guppy has played in mentoring a large number of sociologists and his work on showing what students can do with degrees in the discipline.


CSA Awards Offered

For further information on the CSA awards, including nomination procedures, selection committees, and calls for nomination, click on the following links.

Pour de plus amples informations à propos des prix décernés par la SCS, incluant les critères d'égibilités, les comités de sélection, et les appels de nomination, suivant les liens ci-dessous :