Karl Froschauer

Associate Professor of Sociology 


Dr. Karl Froschauer, Associate Professor of Sociology, received his M.A. in sociology from the University of British Columbia and his Ph.D. from Carleton University. Dr. Froschauer specializes in Canadian society, political economy, natural resource development, and. immigrant entrepreneurship.

He has authored and co-authored articles on East Asian and European immigrant entrepreneurship in British Columbia, on immigrant entrepreneurs in France and Canada, and on the recent migration of the new self-employed immigrant Dutch farmers to Ontario and Alberta. These papers focus on comparative models of immigrant business; the Asianizaton of immigration; the postindustrial embeddedness of business immigrants; and entrepreneurs' accumulation strategies to gain cultural, economic, and social capital. His current research examines the role of the new immigrants in the new economy and their Vancouver and Calgary networks that extend across the Pacific.

Dr. Froschauer’s interdisciplinary analysis of Canada include co-authoring the text The Canadian Intellectual Tradition(Centre for Distance Education, SFU, 2004) as well as co-editing the book In/Security: Canada in the Post-9/11 World: Centre for Canadian Studies, SFU, 2005, and the conference proceedings Convergence and Divergence in North America: Canada and the United States, SFU, Centre for Canadian Studies, 2006. 

As part of his research on hydroelectric resources, he wrote White Gold: Hydroelectric Development in Canada(Vancouver: UBC Press, 1999), and he has authored and co-authored articles on Niagara Falls Privatization Reversal, Canada's failed national electricity network, and regional electricity sector integration comparisons in the NAFTA, the EU, and the Merocosur regions as well as case studies comparing supranational and national influences over the electricity sectors in Canada, France, and Germany.

Research Interests

New immigrants in the new economy; interdisciplinary analysis of Canada; new Canadian political economy; international electricity sector analysis; and natural resource development.

His books include:

In/Security - Canada in the Post 9/11 World

Edited by Alexander Netherton, Allen Seager, and Karl Froschauer. SFU Centre for Canadian Studies Publications, 2005

Convergence and Divergence in North America - Canada and the United States,

Edited by Karl Froschauer, Nadine Fabbi, and Susan Pel. SFU Centre for Canadian Studies Publications, 2006

White Gold: Hydroelectric Development in Canada, Vancouver UBC Press, 1999
The Canadian Intellectual Tradition (Published in conjunction with SFU's Centre for Canadian Studies Publications and the Centre for Online and Distance Education, 2004) by Karl Froschauer and Peyman Vahabzadeh

Dr. Froschauer’s research and publications have been supported by funds from:

  • Humanities and Social Science Federation of Canada.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
  • Simon Fraser University Presidential Research Grant.
  • European Commission under the Targeted Socio-Economic Research Program.
  • International Council of Canadian Studies

Research Awards and Funding

Immigrant Entrepreneurs' & Skilled Workers' Initiative in Vancouver and Calgary's New Economy

Principal Investigator: Lloyd Wong, Sociology (University of Calgary)
2004 -2007