Welcome to the Applied and Community Engaged Sociology 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.


Applied sociology is the use of sociological theory, methods, skills and research in order to resolve particular issues in real-world settings. Community-engaged sociology takes into account the intersectional experiences of community members, organizations, researchers, and sociologists to work towards better understanding. This cluster is open to academic and non-academic members as well as anyone who is an applied or community-engaged sociologist or is interested in applied or community-engaged sociology. Our membership has quickly grown to over 100 members including researchers from academia, government, and non-profit organizations, independent researchers and consultants, students, and practitioners of sociology.


We have recently assigned new positions and executive members for the Applied Sociology Research Cluster:


Ashley Berard, University of Victoria

Rachael Barton-Bridges, University of Victoria

Vice chair/Past chair:

Kristyn Frank, Statistics Canada 

Executive Members: Bruce Ravelli, University of Victoria; Emily Milne, MacEwan University; Brittany Etmanski, University of Waterloo;   Sara Cumming, Sheridan College

Secretary: Jessica Pulis, Sheridan College

Graduate Student Representative: Vacant

Undergraduate Student Representative: Erika Dubrule, MacEwan University

Please contact Ashley Berard if you would like to become a member or are interested in taking on a leadership position in our cluster.