Welcome to the Applied Sociology Research Cluster of the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA).

This research cluster is open to academics and practitioners, whether or not you are a member of the CSA. Please check out the About page for more about us and about applied sociology.


Renewed Leadership for our Applied Sociology Cluster

Last summer, Kristyn Frank and I established the Applied Sociology Research Cluster of the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA). It has been an amazing experience. We went from zero to 60 members in less than a year, organized five sessions at the 2015 CSA conference in Ottawa, started a list-serv, Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/384663875014433/) and LinkedIn group (https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=8162011).

Now, it’s time for me to step down so I can concentrate more fully on juggling my paid work. I am very pleased to announce that Kristyn will continue as co-chair, and Sara Cumming has stepped forward to take my place as co-chair, and we also have a new (and first) Grad Student Co-Chair Brittany Etmanski.

Sara Cumming received her PhD in sociology from the University of Waterloo and is currently a professor of sociology at Sheridan College. Sara’s research interests focus primarily on inequality with a focus on gender and Canadian social policy.  She has completed studies examining social assistance, subsidized housing, subsidized childcare and Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).

Brittany Etmanski is a current M.A. Candidate at the University of Guelph, a Statistical Assistant for the South-Western Ontario Research Data Centre (SWORDC), and will be pursuing her PhD at the University of Waterloo in the fall. Her areas of research interests include: Quantitative and Mixed Method Approaches, the Sociology of Education and Work, School-to-Work transitions, Social Stratification & Inequality, and Social & Public Policy.

Kristyn Frank has a PhD in sociology from the University of Waterloo, and works a senior researcher in the Social Analysis and Modelling Division at Statistics Canada. Kristyn was one of the inspiring members of our Applied Sociology Careers Outside Academe panel at Congress.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Sara and Brittany to their new roles, and thanking Kristyn for her amazing work this past year and her continued leadership.

Marika Morris