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Prentice, Susan

Professor, Sociology

Professorship/Chair, Sociology


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Childcare services and policy

Behavioral/Social Sciences


Behavioral/Social Sciences

feminist theory

Behavioral/Social Sciences

Social Movements

Behavioral/Social Sciences

voluntary sector

Behavioral/Social Sciences

Welfare Reform

Behavioral/Social Sciences

Research Description

In 2020, I was appointed Duff Roblin Professor of Government, with a mandate to focus on social care and its links to justice, equity, and prosperity.

Since 2020, I have been a lead collaborator on a $2.5 million seven-year SSHRC Partnership Grant titled “What is the Best Policy Mix for Diverse Canadian Families with Young Children? Re-imagining Canadian Family Policies.” There, I am the academic lead of the childcare cluster, one of the three foci of the project.

I work closely with community-based organizations, and seek to try to make impacts upon policy development. Much of my work is public-facing, communicating with elected officials, civil society organizations, and the public.

Teaching Description

Public/Media (Non-Technical) Description

I work as a feminist public sociologist. My research centres on organizational changes and public policy/public services. I am interested in social and family policies that promote women's equality, facilitate work-family reconciliation, reduce poverty and marginalization, and encourage social care, social inclusion and fuller citizenship. I draw on concepts of social reproduction and care, social infrastructure, and economic development. I study how social movements have sought to ensure progressive family policy that promotes gender and generational justice.

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