Congratulations Dr. Margaret Jackson: Meda Chesney-Lind Award 2023 recipient

August 30, 2022

Simon Fraser University's (SFU) School of Criminology would like to congratulate Dr. Margaret Jackson, SFU Criminology Professor Emerita, for being selected as the 2023 recipient of the Meda Chesney-Lind Award!

This honourable award is given for significant contributions to scholarship and activism on the intersection of women and crime, making Jackson an exceptional recipient. Her decades-long scholarly work and activism to reduce domestic violence against women and children are admirable. In addition to domestic violence, she is a recognized authority on cyberbullying and bullying, and a member of PREVNet, a national research organization that focuses on youth relationship problems, including bullying.

Throughout her career, Jackson has also worked to examine the unique challenges for immigrant and refugee women who may have experienced abuse in many forms, including near lethal violence, highlighting the necessity of an intersectional approach to domestic violence and policy recommendations. She has received several provincial and federal grants to study issues of domestic violence and was a Principal Investigator for a Ministry of Justice study on child abuse. She actively disseminates her research through traditional modes, having published seven books, numerous journal articles, countless policy and learning briefs, as well as webinars.

Jackson’s work goes above and beyond—she is actively involved in creating local community workshops and a province-wide community of practice. She is a founder and Director (since 1992) of the non-profit Feminist Research, Education, Development, and Action Centre (FREDA), and she works with a retired B.C. Supreme Court Justice, among others, to prepare reports, learning briefs, and webinars on intimate partner violence issues affecting women and children. The audience for them include community practitioners, academics, government policy makers, and legal professionals, including judges and lawyers.

Despite retiring in 2010, Jackson is one of the most consistent and welcoming figures in the department. She is on campus almost every day working to reduce violence against women and children. Unless she is in a meeting or out for a run, her door is wide open to greet anyone who passes by—from students, faculty, and staff to building personnel.

Congratulations, Dr. Margaret Jackson!