Allison Williams
Allison Williams
Professor, CIHR Research Chair in Gender, Work and Health
General Science Building, Rm 213
(905) 525-9140 ext. 24334
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Dr. Allison Williams is a Professor in the School of Earth, Environment & Society. She is trained as a health geographer in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Bishop’s University, a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, and a Doctor of Philosophy from York University. In 2008.  She engages in social justice research to inform policy and program change.  Most recently, she is leading a partnership grant to create carer-inclusive workplaces.  

Therapeutic landscapes; Informal/family caregiving; Home/community health care; Urban health/quality of life; Health determinants; Women's health; Sense of place; Rural health/care; Health care services/policy; Program planning and evaluation.

  • EES2H13: Health and Place
  • EES4HC3: Geographies of Public Health
  • EES734: Qualitative Research in Human Geography
  • EES734: Research Design in Human Geography

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Please note that the most senior author is the first author and, if followed by other authors, are ordered in seniority.

Peer Reviewed

i) Books

A. Williams, I. Luginaah (Editors). "Global Health, Gender and Sustainability". To be included in the 'Geographies of Health Series'. 2020. (Contract finalized October 2020). Taylor and Francis Group Publishing Ltd. Abingdon, UK.

J. Kulig, A. Williams (editors). 2012. Health in Rural Canada, University of British Columbia Press: Vancouver, Canada.

J. Eyles, A. Williams (editors). 2008. Sense of Place, Health and Quality of Life, Ashgate Publishing Ltd., London, UK. 

A. Williams (Editor). 2007. Therapeutic Landscapes, (Ashgate Publishing Ltd., London, UK.)

A. Williams (Editor). 1999. Therapeutic Landscapes: The Dynamic Between Place and Wellness, (University Press of America: Lantham, MD, USA).

ii) Contributions to Books 

A. Williams. 2018. “Intervention research from a place-based perspective”. Chapter 51. Routledge Handbook of Health Geography, edited by V. Crooks, G. Andrews, and J. Pearce. London, UK, pp. 361-367.

B. Newbold, A. Dardas, & A. Williams. 2018. “Older Drivers in Rural Areas: Implications for Health, Social Inclusion and Caregiving”. Transportation in The Places Where People Leave: Demographic Change and Transportation in the 21st Century, Franklin RS, van Leeuwen ES, and Paez A (Eds). Elsevier, pp. 107-124.

A. Williams. 2016 “Managing and Overcoming the Challenges of Qualitative Research on Palliative Family Caregivers.” Practicing Qualitative Methods in Health Geographies, edited by N. Fenton and J. Baxter. Routledge, USA, pp. 229-243

I. Lum, A. Williams. 2016. “A Case Study of Vietnamese-Canadian Family Caregivers: An Intersectionality Approach.” Place, Health, & Diversity: Learning from the Canadian Experience, edited by M. Giesbrecht & V. Crooks. Ashgate Publishing Ltd., London, UK, pp. 220-237

A. Williams, M. Brown, E. Moriarty, J. Wertman. 2012. “Emerging and Expanding Career Opportunities in the Federal Government,” Practicing Geographies: Careers for Enhancing Society and the Environment, edited by M. Solem, K. Foote & J. Monk. Pearson Education: New Jersey, USA, pp. 84-96

K. Whitfield and A. Williams. 2012. “The tensions and benefits of regionalizing palliative care services in three Canadian Prairie Provinces: Considerations for City Regionalism”. Regions in Prospect? Exploring the meeting points between place and practice, edited by Jones, Lord and Shields. McGill-Queen’s University Press. 

A. Williams, J. Kulig. 2011. “Introduction: Health in Place,” Health in Rural Canada, edited by J. Kulig & A. Williams. University of British Columbia Press: Vancouver, Canada, pp. 1-19.

M.L. Kelley, W. Sletmoen, A. Williams, S. Nadin, T. Puiras. 2011. “Integrating Policy, Research, and Community Development: A Case Study of Developing Rural Palliative Care,” Health in Rural Canada, edited by J. Kulig & A. Williams. University of British Columbia Press: Vancouver, Canada, pp. 219-238.

R. Donovan, A. Williams. 2011. “Shifting the Burden: The Effects of Home-Based Palliative Care on Family Caregivers in Rural Areas,” Health in Rural Canada, edited by J. Kulig & A. Williams. University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver, Canada, pp.316-332.

J. Kulig, A. Williams. 2011. “The Future of Rural Health Research: Concluding Thoughts,” Health in Rural Canada, edited by J. Kulig & A. Williams. University of British Columbia Press: Vancouver, Canada, pp. 503-511.

iii) Journal Articles (from 2016 onwards)

R. Ding, A, Dardas, L. Wang, A. Williams.  2020. “Improving the Workplace Experience of Caregiver-Employees: A Time-Series Analysis of a Workplace Intervention". Safety and Health at Work.

P. Kitchen, L. Kakida, N. Akhtar-Danesh, A. Williams. 2020. “Unintentional injury deaths among youth in Ontario, Canada from 2000 to 2015: Rates are falling but there are caveats”. Canadian Geographer.

A. Dardas, A. Williams, P. Deluca (2020) Measuring Potential Assisted-Transport Demand for Older Adult Care-Recipients in Hamilton, Canada. Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives.

S. Peacock, M. Bayly,,W. Duggleby, J. Ploeg, L. Pollard, J. Swindle, H. Jung Lee, A. Williams, M. Markle-Reid, C. McAiney. 2020. Women’s Caregiving Experience of Older Persons Living with Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias and Multiple Chronic Conditions: Using Wuest's theory. Sage Open Nursing. DOI: 10.1177/2377960820974816

K. Brooke, A. Williams. 2020. Illness and Sense of Place in Rural Iceland: The Stones Speak by Þórbergur Þórðarson. GeoHumanities. 6(2) pp. 295-313.

R. Ding, A. Dardas, L. Wang, A. Williams (2020). Evaluation of a Caregiver-Friendly Workplace Program Intervention on the Health of Full-Time Caregiver Employees: A Time Series Analysis of Intervention Effects. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 62(10), e548. DOI of JOEM article: doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001980

C. Ilagan, Z. Akbari, B. Sethi, A. Williams. 2020. “Use of Photovoice Methods in Research on Informal Caring: A Scoping Review of the Literature”. Journal of Human Health Research.

C. Kelly, M. Hande, L. Dansereau, K. Aubrecht, A. Martin-Matthews, A. Williams. 2020. “Doing ‘whatever they can imagine’: social task shifting in directly funded home care”. International Journal of Care and Caring.

J. Atanackovic, A. Williams, E. Tompa, R. Ireson & A. Yazdani. 2020. Overcoming Recruitment Difficulties in Conducting Intervention Research with Carer-Employees: Lessons Learned from a Research Study at a Canadian University. SAGE Research Methods Cases.

A. Williams, B. Sethi (2020). “The Predicament of Caring: Work Interferences and Health of Family Caregivers of Persons With Multiple Chronic Conditions”. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. 6(1-7) doi:10.1177/2333721420938933

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