Ashley Berard

MA (UVIC), PhD Candidate (UVIC)
Limited Term: Summer & Fall 2023

My name is Ashley Berard, and I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Victoria. I received my MA in 2016 from the University of Victoria. I have taught introductory sociology at the University of Victoria as a Sessional Lecturer and have taught several online courses in introductory sociology, race, health, and culture at Gabriel Dumont Institute based in Saskatchewan. I am also the Co-Chair of the Applied and Community-Engaged Sociology Research Cluster with the Canadian Sociological Association.

Areas of Interest

My interest areas in sociology include identity, health and illness, qualitative methods, and decolonized, community-engaged work. All these interests intersect in my current focus for my PhD work which is looking at the impact of continued climate disasters on rural and Indigenous communities in the Interior of British Columbia. This SSHRC-funded project emphasizes the need to better understand the way community health, individual cultural identities, and intersectional experiences can influence the way we experience disasters, recovery, and resiliency.