Work and Health Research Lab


Qualitative Analysis conference presentation

Excellent presentation by Ph.D candidate Sharanya Varatharajan at the 2021 Qualitative Analysis Conference: Conceptualizing Theory: Analytic Practices in Qualitative Research. Sharanya’s presentation, Critical Realist Grounded Theory: Analyzing Health Privacy during RTW Management in Canada using the Retroduction Framework discussed Critical Realism (Bhaskar, 1978) and how retroductive framework analysis can contribute to examining the social processes involved in RTW management (Danermark et al., 2002). Exciting work and great presentation, Sharanya!



Maternal market traders in Ghana presentation

Congratulations to Joyceline Amoako for an excellent presentation at the 2021 Qualitative Analysis Conference: Conceptualizing Theory: Analytic Practices in Qualitative Research. Joyceline’s presentation, Women’s Occupational Health and Safety in the Informal Economy: Maternal Market Traders in Accra, Ghana focused on the work conditions and health for mothers who work in the outdoor markets in Ghana. Congratulations, Joyceline!



CAWLS conference presentations 2021

Congratulations to the four Work and Qualitative Health Research Lab members who presented at the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies conferenceLabour activism, mobility, and marginalization in a time of precarity hosted at Congress 2021

Tauhid Khan – Self-employment and Social Supports in Canada and Australia: A Comparative Policy Analysis

Joyceline Amoako – Exploring the Impacts of Precarious Work and Family Caregiving on the Health of African Immigrant Women Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic in Ontario, Canada

Sharanya Varatharajan – Health Privacy During Return-towork Management: A Critical Realist Grounded Perspective of the Experiences of Return-to-work Management Stakeholders in Canada

Pamela Hopwood – Return to Work for Ill and Injured Workers: Coordinator Perspectives of Union Involvement



Mental Health and Return to Work strategies guide now available

We are delighted to announce a new return-to-work resource, “Roadblocks and Alternate Routes: Practical Strategies for Managing Return to Work and Mental Health”. This evidence-based resource is grounded in our recent research study of RTW coordinators’ experiences. The guide contains suggestions for meeting challenges that arise during RTW, and is available here free of charge: