Jane Pulkingham

Professor of Sociology
Sociology & Anthropology


Jane Pulkingham (PhD in sociology and social policy from the University of Edinburgh) is Special Advisor to the Vice-President, Academic and Provost and Professor of Sociology. She is a former Dean (2016-2021) and Associate Dean (2013-2015) of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at SFU, and served as Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology from 2003-2013.

Her research examines the institutional context of inequality and public policy in work and employment, social welfare policy and family law arenas. She is co-editor of the International Journal of Social Research Methodology;  research collaborator with the SSHRC-funded ($2.5 million) Partnership Grant Understanding Precarity in British Columbia (2021-2027; Co-principal investigators – Kendra Strauss (SFU) and Iglika Ivanova (CCPA-BC); research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, B.C. Office; and advisory board member for Studies in Political Economy, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council-funded Partnership Grant Mapping the power of the carbon-extractive corporate resource sector.

Co-author of more than 60 publications, published work includes four edited books related to social welfare and policy making in the Canadian context:  Human Welfare, Rights, and Social Activism: Rethinking the Legacy of J.S. Woodsworth (University of Toronto Press. 2010),  Public policy for women (University of Toronto Press, 2009), Remaking Canadian Social Policy (Fernwood Press, 1996), and Child and Family Policies (Fernwood Press, 1997). Her work is also published in journal venues core to her disciplinary and sub-disciplinary fields, including Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, British Journal of SociologyCanadian Journal of Sociology, Canadian Journal of Public Policy, Citizenship Studies, Critical Social Policy, Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society, Studies in Political Economy, Work, Employment and Society, and Violence against women. She is also a contributor to impactful policy reports including Living on Welfare in BC (with Seth Klein CCPA-BC, 2008).

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Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Recent publications include articles in journals such as Social PoliticsInternational Studies in Gender, State & Society, Critical Social Policy, the Canadian Journal of Sociology, and Citizenship Studies.

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