Ensuring Mount Saint Vincent University’s researchers can continue to do the work they’re passionate about for the benefit of as many people and communities as possible is one of the things Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan is most excited about as they become the university’s Associate Vice-President, Research on September 1.
Dr. Gahagan Jacqueline thinks that there are many opportunities for MSVU to showcase its community-facing research strengths and wants to work with research communities to look at what the most pressing issues are for Indigenous communities, women’s communities, LGBTQ communities, and feminist communities, among others.
Jacqueline says the pandemic has made many disparities requiring greater research focus readily apparent, and this has significant potential to shape research priorities moving forward.
“What we’ve seen laid bare in the context of COVID-19 are all of the extreme disadvantages experienced by particular segments of the population. This has been, sadly, an opportunity for everyone in Canada and beyond to realize the longstanding disparities that exist within Indigenous and Black Nova Scotian communities, as well as others,” Jacqueline says. “I want to understand how we can use the strength of research to address pressing social, economic, political, environmental, health and other issues and use our evidence base to encourage real action.”
Jacqueline is a medical sociologist by training and has engaged in research in the areas of public health and the social sciences locally, nationally and internationally and has also worked with colleagues at MSVU on past social justice and equity-related research initiatives. MSVU’s strong research reputation and well-known focus on accessibility align well with Jacqueline’s personal priorities.
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