Equity and unions; Gender; Aboriginal identity and work in natural resource industries, labour and the environment; Building and Construction Trades Unions; Gender and northern resource development.
Dr. Suzanne Mills earned a B.Sc. in Wildlife Biology at McGill University, an M.Sc. in Biological Conservation from the University of Alberta and a Ph.D. in Human Geography from the University of Saskatchewan. Her research interests are situated at the intersection of labour geography, geographies of Aboriginal peoples and environmental geography.
Specifically, her current research examines how labour unions are changing in response to institutional changes in the north and is entitled: "Effecting change in long-standing institutions: Aboriginal employment and labour unions in northern resource development projects." This project is funded by a SSHRC Research Development Initiative grant.
A second research project is examining how faculty and support staff unions at a community college in British Columbia were involved with initiatives to increase First Nations' control over and representation within the college. "Union solidarity and Aboriginal difference: broadening the parameters of worker equality within a Canadian public sector union."