What We Do

The Institute of Intersectionality Studies builds upon existing research excellence across faculties and disciplines at the University of Alberta. Its goal is to make UAlberta a globally recognized leader in intersectional gender-themed research that advances innovation and collaboration across disciplines and helps to respond to local, national and global challenges.

Some examples of how intersectional gender research at UAlberta already helps to expand our understanding of theoretical, social and technological issues include:

  • examining the ways popular representations of science and scientists discourage women from pursuing careers in STEM fields;
  • researching the employment barriers newcomers to Canada face in their professions;
  • analyzing the accelerating incarceration rates among Indigenous women; and
  • experimenting with the ways in which arts-based research together with critical disability studies produces new forms of inclusion.
Recognizing and developing these, and the many other gender-themed intersectional research areas, stands to benefit individual researchers, community partners, collaborative teams and the university as a whole.

With more than 250 researchers across all 18 faculties, schools and campuses currently conducting gender­-related research at the university, Intersections of Gender's mandate is fourfold:

  1. make visible existing research related to intersections of gender­ locally, nationally and internationally;
  2. support existing and build new interdisciplinary and cross­-faculty research collaborations;
  3. grow mentorship and teaching across all status groups;
  4. engage communities across all sectors (non­profit, government and corporate).

Contact Us

Have a question? Want to share a story? Tell us how we’re doing? Contact us at intersectionality@ualberta.ca.