Faculty Member

Laura Bisaillon PhD (Ottawa), MUP (McGill), BA (Bishop's), CEP (Strasbourg III)

Email Address(es)
Office Address
University of Toronto Scarborough
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Office of Global Public Health Education & Training
Assistant Professor
SGS Status
Associate Member
Appointment Status
Non budgtry Crss

Research Interests


Horn of Africa

Immigration medical practices

Law and socio-legal studies

Migration and health

Social organization and production of knowledge

Sociocultural economics

Urban studies

Other Affiliations

Associate Member, Unit for Critical Research in Health, University of Ottawa

Associate Researcher, School of Public Health, University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Associate Resercher, Iranian Research Center for Ethics and Law in Medicine, Shahid Beheshti University, Iran

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

Critical qualitative methods

Global health

Health and social policy

Infectious diseases

Research for social change

Sociology of health and illness

Professional Summary & Appointments

Association francophone pour le savoir

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Canadian Sociological Association

HIV and AIDS Legal Network Ontario

International Institute for Qualitative Methodology

International Sociological Association

International Studies Association

Peoples’ Health Movement

Society for the Study of Social Problems

Sociologists’ AIDS Network

Honours & Awards

Postdoctoral Fellow, Montreal Health Equity Research Consortium held with the Biomedical Ethics Unit, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, 2012-2013

Postdoctoral Fellow, Ontario Training Centre for Health Services and Policy Research held with York University and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, 2012

Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award, Canadian Association for Graduate Studies, 2013

Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal for Best Doctoral Dissertation in the Humanities, University of Ottawa, 2012

Joseph De Konink Prize for Best Interdisciplinary Doctoral Dissertation, University of Ottawa, 2012

Current Research Projects

Co-Principal Investigator, “Beyond bereavement: Investigating how to use the iddir for social development and healthcare financing in Ethiopia.” With Yordanos Tiruneh (Northwestern and Addis Ababa Universities). CIHR Global Health Research Capacity Strengthening Program, 2013-2014.

Representative Publications

Bisaillon, L. (2013). Contradictions and dilemmas within the practice of immigration medicine. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 104(1): e45-e51.

Bisaillon, L. (2013). Disease, disparities and decision making: Mandatory HIV testing of prospective immigrants to Canada. BioéthiqueOnline, 2(10), 1-6.

Bisaillon, L. & Rankin, J. (2013). Navigating the politics of fieldwork using institutional ethnography: Strategies for practice. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 14(1), Art.14.

Bisaillon, L. (2012). An analytic glossary for social inquiry using institutional and political activist ethnography. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 11(5).

Bisaillon, L. (2012). Les impacts du cordon sanitaire ceinturant les frontières canadiennes.Remaides, 81(13), xi-xv.

Bisaillon, L. (2011). Mandatory HIV testing and everyday life: A look inside the Canadian immigration medical examination. Aporia, 3(4), 5-14.

Amaratunga, C., Bisaillon, L., Murangira, F., Kalinda, L., Rowe, M., & Farber, A. (2011). The story of the GOAL ‘unproject’: The Global AIDS Ottawa Link Project and the empowerment of African and Caribbean communities. In D. Spitzer (Ed.), Engendering Migrant Health: Canadian Perspectives (pp. 213-230). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Bisaillon, L. (2010). Harar, Ethiopia. Dualities, discursive meanings and designations.Urbanistica, 54/55, 28-37.

Bisaillon, L. (2010). Human rights consequences of mandatory HIV screening policy of newcomers to Canada. Health and Human Rights, 12(2), 119-134.

Bisaillon, L. (2010). Working from within endemic HIV stigma: Developing Canadian social workers’ understanding of the challenges faced by newcomers managing HIV. Canadian Social Work, 12(1), 32-44.