Kristyn Frank

Senior Researcher

Statistics Canada

Educational Background:
Ph.D. in Sociology (University of Waterloo); SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow (University of Guelph)

Professional Background and Affiliations:
Throughout my Ph.D. program I worked as a research assistant, teaching assistant and, toward the end of my program, as a sessional instructor at the University of Waterloo. As I was completing my Ph.D., I also worked on a short-term contract with Statistics Canada as a data analyst at the South-Western Ontario Research Data Centre.

Following my Ph.D. program, I was a SSHRC post-doctoral fellow in the department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Guelph (2009-2010). During this time, I was also a researcher on the SSHRC-funded Post-Secondary Education Pathways  project, which examined native-born and immigrant youths’ participation in post-secondary education in Toronto. From 2010-2011, I worked as a research analyst at the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario in Toronto, examining issues related to the quality and accessibility of post-secondary education in Ontario. In 2011, I started my current position, working as a researcher with the Social Analysis and Modelling Division at Statistics Canada in Ottawa. I am also an adjunct professor with the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia.

In addition to my work as co-chair of the Applied Sociology Research Cluster, I also serve on the CSA’s Research Advisory Subcommittee.

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Publications: Google Scholar

What are your main research interests?
Currently, my research interests relate to issues of skill utilization, labour market outcomes, and the risk of automation among Canadian workers. I also conduct research on the economic and social integration of immigrants in Canada, investigating issues related to immigrants’ employment, well-being, and social participation.

How did you become interested in applied sociology?
During my graduate studies, I realized that I wanted to conduct research that was relevant to social policy. When I was deciding on my dissertation topic, I was looking for an issue pertaining to immigrant integration that would be of interest to policy makers, immigrant groups and immigrant settlement services. At the time, there was a great deal of attention given to issues of foreign credential recognition among recent immigrants to Canada, which ultimately informed my choice of topic.

What projects are you currently working on?
Currently, I am examining the occupational skill requirements of Canadians and examining the risk of automation for different groups of workers. Some of my work on this topic can be found in Policy Options.

Any other aspects of your work or interests that you would like to share?
In addition to my research projects, my work at Statistics Canada also involves data development projects and working with external clients. I also organize an annual panel session on careers outside academe to help sociology students become more informed of different career options in applied sociology.

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