Institute for Intersectionality Research and Policy

The Institute’s overall goal is to integrate and support health and natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities research utilizing intersectionality to better understand how gender relates with other axes of discrimination and disadvantage in multiple contexts.

Intersectionality is a research and policy paradigm that is increasingly applied to study and respond to the complexity of people's lives and how different social locations affect our health and access to care.

There has developed an increased awareness of the role played by multiple relational factors when trying to understand and respond to the complexities of health inequities. As a result, the Institute has moved to the forefront of intersectional scholarship in Canada, and is now able to provide opportunities to collaborate with other organizations, Centres, and Institutes at SFU and beyond who are developing intersectionality as a framework for health research and policy

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