Researchers


Jessica Riel

Full professor au Département d’organisation et ressources humaines (ESG-UQAM)
Responsable de l’équipe de recherche interdisciplinaire FRQSC sur le travail Santé-Genre-Égalité (SAGE)

La prise en compte du genre et de son influence sur l’activité de travail est centrale dans ses recherches. Plus spécifiquement, ses recherches portent sur la dimension collective de travail dans une perspective de santé et de sécurité au travail, la conciliation travail-famille dans des milieux à prédominance masculine, l’analyse de l’activité enseignante et la santé au travail des femmes dans les secteurs d’emploi à prédominance féminine et masculine. Elle s’intéresse également à l’intégration du genre à l’analyse ergonomique du travail. Elle est aussi membre du Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur le bien-être, la santé, la société et l’environnement (CINBIOSE), du Réseau québécois en études féministes (RéQEF), de l’Équipe de recherche travail et société (ERTS), de l’Institut Santé et société (ISS) et de l’Institut de recherches et d’études féministes (IREF).

Geneviève Baril-Gingras

Full professor au Département des relations industrielles (ULaval)

She holds a master's degree in ergonomics (UQAM 1992) and a PhD in administrative sciences (ULaval 2003). She has been a prevention consultant and ergonomist for about ten years, before completing a thesis on the conditions and processes leading to changes in prevention during external occupational health and safety interventions. She has been a professor at Université Laval since 2002 and has been affiliated with the Department of Industrial Relations since July 2005. She conducts research on public policy and union activity in the field of occupational health and safety.

Stéphanie Bernstein

Professor at the Department of Legal Sciences (UQAM)
Advocatus emeritus Member of the Bar of Quebec

Her research and teaching fields are concentrated on national, international, and comparative legal regulation of labor. For nearly 20 years, she has been involved in multidisciplinary research on labor precarization, particularly related to so-called "atypical" forms of work, care work, temporary migrant work, and work-family conflict. The research axes she has favored to date converge in this project, which allows for a deeper analysis of the links between public policies, gender-based and racialized segregation, and the situation of various categories of workers facing precarious conditions. She is also a member of the CINBIOSE, the Interuniversity Research Center on Globalization and Work (CRIMT), and the UQAM Research Chair on Methodology and Epistemology of Participatory Research (CMÉRP).

Rachel Cox

Professor at the Department of Legal Sciences (UQAM)
Member of the Bar of Quebec
Director of the 1st area 

She prioritizes interdisciplinary research in partnership with unions, women's groups, and community organizations. She regularly delivers scientific conferences on health and safety and the right to equality at work, particularly on harassment, both nationally and internationally. She is the author of several publications in the field of occupational health and safety law and human rights. She is also a member of the RéQEF, the CRIMT, CINBIOSE, and the ISS.

Jean-Paul Dautel

Professor au Département de relations industrielles (UQO)
Member of the Bar of Quebec
Co-responsable de l’axe 1 

His doctoral research (completed in 2022) focused on how French and Quebec law organize and contribute to the professional integration and retention of workers with mental health disorders. His thesis received the Anthony Mainguené-CIECST Foundation Thesis Award.

His current research addresses the effectiveness of law in preventing mental health issues in the workplace, the involvement of trade unions in this context, the co-construction of psychosocial risk prevention programs in the workplace, and the involvement of various actors (including those from the community) in the return to work after a mental health issue. He is also a member of CRIMT.

Dalia Gesualdi-Fecteau

Professor à l’École de relations industrielles (UdeM)
Member of the Bar of Quebec

Her research interests include the effectiveness of minimum employment standards, differential treatment clauses and the notion of equal treatment, as well as new forms of employment. Her recent publications focus on temporary foreign workers' use of labour law protections and on the legal framework of the porous boundaries between working and non-working time. She is also associated with the Access to Law and Justice project, in which she is responsible for the work on the human and financial costs of justice.

Anne Renée Gravel

Professor à l’École des sciences de l’administration (TÉLUQ)

She adopts a feminist analytical perspective in her research and has a particular interest in women's work. She is the first author of the book: Les centres de la petite enfance. Un mode de gestion féministe en transformation published by Presses de l’Université du Québec. Her recent research on health and safety at work focuses on the application of the right of pregnant workers to withdraw preventively from work in hospital centers. She co-edits the Multidisciplinary Review on Employment, Unionism, and Labor (REMEST), and she is also a member of CINBIOSE and RéQEF.

Marie Laberge

Professor à l’École de réadaptation (UdeM)
Responsable de l’équipe GESTE – pour le partage des connaissances (Genre Équité Santé Travail Environnement)

Her research focuses on the development of interventions to prevent work inability among adolescents with learning disabilities who are transitioning to the workforce. She is also interested in the consideration of sex and gender in occupational health research and intervention. She is a regular researcher at the CHU Ste-Justine research center, at the CINBIOSE and the ISS. Centre de recherche du CHU Sainte-Justine, du Réseau Provincial de Recherche en Adaptation-Réadaptation (REPAR), du GS-TMS de l’INSPQ, du CINBIOSE et de l’ISS.

Valérie Lederer

Professor au Département de relations industrielles (UQO)
Director of the 3rd area 

Her research focuses on the determinants of prolonged incapacity for work, the influence of sex/gender on the incapacity process, and the issues related to the return/maintenance in employment of vulnerable populations (aging populations and/or recent immigrants), as well as the evaluation of work rehabilitation programs. Methodologically, she is interested in the development of mixed research methods, complex literature reviews integrating the results of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed studies, and the development of tools to improve the detection and consideration of gender effects in research. She is a member of REPAR and ERTS.

Mélanie Lefrançois

Professor au Département d’organisation et ressources humaines (ESG-UQAM) 
Director of the 2nd area

Her work focuses on the analysis of interpersonal relationships (formal and informal) around occupational health and safety issues, especially with precarious work settings and atypical schedules. She holds an interdisciplinary doctorate in health and society (communication and ergonomics) (2018). Her research integrates communicational approaches, including the analysis of social networks, and the ergonomic analysis of activity. Conducted in partnership and action-oriented, her recent or ongoing projects cover how work-family is addressed in low-control type jobs and in male- or female-dominated jobs, as well as the integration of sex and gender in knowledge transfer tools. She is also a member of the CINBIOSE and the ISS.

Marie-Eve Major

Professor à la Faculté des sciences de l’activité physique (UdeS)

Her work and research interests involve occupational health determinants and the development and evaluation of workplace interventions. She also focuses on the development of gender and social inequalities sensitive methodological tools. She is also a member of the CINBIOSE. GS-TMS de l’INSPQ, du REPAR et du CINBIOSE.

Valérie Martin

Professor au Département d’organisation et ressources humaines (ESG-UQAM)

Her work focuses on organizational conditions that facilitate the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace, particularly those with neurodivergent conditions. She places accessibility issues for people with disabilities at the heart of equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives within organizations. Another aspect of her work concerns the health and safety of personnel working with individuals with autism or intellectual disabilities. The quality of services offered to this clientele is closely linked to the well-being of the staff providing them. She is a regular researcher at the University Institute on Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder (IUDITSA) and a member of the Research Team for Social Inclusion in Autism (ERISA), the Health and Society Institute (ISS), and the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Well-being, Health, Society, and the Environment.

Karen Messing

Emeritus professorat the Department of Biological Sciences (UQAM)

She has authored Bent out of Shape: Shame, Solidarity, and Women's Bodies at Work (BTL Books 2021), Pain and Prejudice: What Science Can Learn about Work from the People Who Do It (BTL Books 2014) and One-eyed Science: Occupational Health and Women Workers (Temple University Press 1998). Most notably, she received the Governor General’s Award (2009) in recognition of her contribution to women’s well-being and the American Industrial Hygiene Association Yant Award (2014). Her research focuses on the gender analysis input to the understanding of occupational health data and the analysis of women's work in the service industry. She is also a member of the CINBIOSE and the ISS.

Vanessa Rémery

Professor au Département d’éducation et formation spécialisées (UQAM)

Son champ de recherches porte sur l’enseignement et l’apprentissage de la santé au travail en formation professionnelle et technique à partir d’analyses didactique et ergonomique des activités de travail et de formation. Ses intérêts de recherche concernent : la préparation à l’emploi, la prévention des lésions professionnelles, les savoirs expérientiels liés à la capacité des personnes à se maintenir en santé au travail, l’approche didactique dans l’apprentissage du métier, la transmission des savoir-faire de prudence et, plus largement, l’insertion professionnelle. Elle est co-éditrice en chef de la revue PISTES – Perspectives Interdisciplinaire sur le Travail et la Santé

Johanne Saint-Charles

Professor at the Department of Social and Public Communication (UQAM)
Directrice de l’Institut santé et société
Co-responsable de l’axe 2

Her research takes place in an interdisciplinary and partnership context using an ecosystem perspective of health (ecohealth) in environmental and occupational health. Her expertise involves the study of relational dynamics in human groups and networks. She is also a member of the ISS. Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche sur l’opérationnalisation du développement durable (CIRODD), de l’Institut des sciences de l’environnement de l’UQAM (ISE), de l’ISS et de l’IREF.

Hélène Sultan-Taïeb

Professor au Département d’organisation et ressources humaines (ESG-UQAM)
Co-responsable de l’axe 3

As an occupational health economist, she is currently leading several research projects funded by granting agencies (CIHR, IRSST) on the evaluation of preventive interventions in the workplace, such as the analysis of the implementation process and cost-benefit evaluations. Her research work also focuses on the costs of work-related illnesses due to carcinogens or psychosocial constraints such as work stress, among other things. She is also a member of the CINBIOSE and the ISS.

Mélanie Trottier

Professor au Département d’organisation et ressources humaines (ESG-UQAM)

Her work primarily focuses on the impacts of various forms of work organization on employee well-being, work-life balance, and performance. She is particularly interested in new forms of work organization (e.g., artificial intelligence) as well as workplaces with atypical conditions. She has disseminated the results of her research through conferences and has published several articles. Her affiliations include WFRN, SIOP, AOM, HumanIA, the Digital Research Network, and the Health and Society Institute.

Nicole Vézina

Professor at the Department of Physical Activity Sciences (UQAM)

She teaches at the Professional Masters Degree in Ergonomics which she was responsible for developing. Her research is on the practice of ergonomic intervention, with a particular focus on its development, its evaluation and the consideration of sex and gender when carrying out workplace interventions. Her research projects have led to interdisciplinary collaboration between ergonomics, rehabilitation, epidemiology, professional training, management and economics, along with the development of international partnerships. She has been a member of the CINBIOSE for 30 years, the ISS and the IREF. CINBIOSE depuis 30 ans ainsi que de l’ISS et de l’IREF.

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