Research Projects

is a SSHRC-funded project led by Dr Feng Xu (Political Science, UVic) and Dr Kendra Strauss (The Labour Studies Program, SFU). The project, which runs from 2016-2020, will investigate policy on, and definitions of, paid eldercare work in two major urban labor markets with very different care regimes. It will also examine the recent evolution of labor markets for paid eldercare workers, and their relationship to urbanization and migration; and contribute to policy-relevant research on precarious employment, urban precarity, and the social dimensions of urban sustainability.

Work in a Warming World was a CURA (SSHRC Community-University Research Alliance) project. The book by the same name was published in 2015 by McGill-Queens Press.

In 2009, the Labour Studies Program at SFU formally signed an agreement to be a participant organization in the CURA grant at York University, entitled: Work in a Warming World. Principal investigator: Carla Lipsig-Mumme. SSHRC, $1 million.

This CURA project is to ran from 2009 to 2014; the Labour Studies Program originally had two of its members, Stephen McBride and Marjorie Griffin Cohen as collaborators; they were joined by another member, John Calvert. Stephen McBride has since moved to McMaster U. 

All members of Steering Committee have done labour related research, some of it as part of the Morgan Centre (W3), but mostly as part of their research areas.

The Morgan Centre has committed $5000.00 to begin doing its own dedicated research, involving students and faculty; this begins the summer 2012.

Research and Publications

Enda Brophy
School of Communication

de Peuter, Greig, Nicole S. Cohen, and Enda Brophy, eds. (2015) Special issue: “Interrogating Internships: Unpaid Work, Creative Industries, and Higher Education.” tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique 13(2): 329-602.

Brophy, Enda (2015) “Revisiting the Digital Assembly Line: New Perspectives on Call Centre Work,” Labour/Le Travail: 211-230.

Brophy, Enda (2015) "Materializing Immaterial Labour," Due to Injuries, edited by Jamie Hilder and Brady Cranfield. Vancouver: 221A and Publication Studio: 53-63.

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John Calvert
Faculty of Health Sciences

Calvert, John (2014) "Overcoming Systemic Barriers to ‘Greening’ the Construction Industry" Carlo Fanelli and Bryan Evans (eds.) Climate Change and It's Disconents. in Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research.

Calvert, John (2011) “Climate Change, Construction and Labour in Europe: A Study of the Contribution of Building Workers and their Unions to ‘Greening’ the Built Environment in Germany, the UK and Denmark” (50 pp.) [A paper presented at the Work in a Warming World Conference (W3), York University, November 18. This research paper was prepared as a component of the 5 year W3 SSHRC/CURA grant.]

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Marjorie Griffin Cohen
Department of Political Science and Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Emerita

Climate Change and the Canadian Energy Sector: Implications for Labour and Trade Unions, (with john calvert). (Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2011).

Public Policy for Women: The State, Income Security, and Labour Market Issues, co-edited with Jane Pulkingham, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press), Series: Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy., pp. 417.(2009)

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Kendra Strauss
Labour Studies

Fudge, J. and Strauss, K. (eds.) (2014) Temporary work, agencies, and unfree labour: Insecurity in the new world of work. Routledge, Studies in 'Employment and Work Relations in Context’. 

Strauss, K. (2013) "Unfree again: social reproduction, flexible labour markets and the resurgence of gang labour in the UK". Antipode 45(1): 180-197.

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Habiba Zaman
Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies


 2012 Asian Immigrants in “Two Canadas”: Racialization, Migration, and Deregulated  Work (forthcoming)

Publications in Referred Journals/Book Chapters

2011 “The Political Economy of Asian Immigrant Labour in Canada: Intersections of Race, Gender, and Class,” conference proceeding titled The Political Economy of Social Divisions: Race, Gender, Class, and Caste as Fetishized/Fetishizing Borders, edted by Professor Jan Mohamed, University of Berkley, Routledge, New Delhi, India

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The Graphic History Collective, "May Day: A Graphic Novel.

A Working Class and Labour History Walking Tours of Vancouver.

R. E. 'Lefty' Morgan, "Workers' Control on the Railroads" St. John's: Canadian Committee on Labour History, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1994. (Edited by G.R. Pool and D.J. Young.)

The Morgan Legacy and Labour Studies at SFU

"Lefty's Legacy, Margaret's Hope" by Ron Verzuh in aq the Magazine of Simon Fraser University, November 2011

"SFU alumna Margaret Morgan (MA'76) and her husband, left-wing radical Richard Ernest "Lefty" Morgan, were life-long learners, educators, and activists, so it seems appropriate that SFU's research centre for labour studies should be named the Morgan Centre for Labour Studies..."