Barbara Neis

Co-Investigator; Newfoundland and Labrador Co-Lead; Executive Committee Member (Shared with Stephen Bornstein)

Key Appointments

  • University Research Professor in the Department of Sociology, Memorial University
  • Senior Research Associate, SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research at Memorial University
  • President of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health
  • Member of the Core Group on Ocean Science in Canada for the Council of Canadian Academies Ocean Science Project
  • President of the Board of the People and the Sea Film Festival
  • Vice-President (Fellow) of the Trudeau Foundation Society
  • She has received the President's Award for Outstanding Research at Memorial University and is a former member of SSHRC Council
  • Former Trudeau Foundation Fellow and was recently elected to the Royal Society of Canada


  • Ph.D. University of Toronto

Areas of expertise

  • Maritime sociology
  • Occupational Health
  • Sociology of work
  • Gender and society
  • Sociology of knowledge
  • Political economy

Research Activities

Professor Neis' past research focused broadly on developing research partnerships to explore interactions between work, environment, health and communities in rural and remote contexts. She has researched many aspects of the Newfoundland and Labrador fisheries, including: gender and fisheries; occupational asthma to snow crab and fishing vessel safety; the environmental, social and human health impacts of restructuring in fisheries; local ecological knowledge and science, and opportunities and challenges for rebuilding collapsed fisheries and threatened communities.

Four years ago, Professor Neis began shifting her focus towards the study of employment-related geographical mobility and its impacts on workers and their families, employers and home and host communities. She is currently the Project Director for the 7-year On the Move Partnership grant funded by SSHRC, the Newfoundland and Labrador Research Development Corporation, Canada Foundation for Innovation Leaders Opportunity Fund, and Memorial University and numerous partner organizations.

For contact and additional information, please visit: Barbara Neis