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Jackman Humanities Institute - Scholars in Residence - 2023

A library guide supporting research projects included in the JHI SiR 2020 program.

Project Description

Pandemic Policing of the Homeless: Making Scarborough Visible

Supervisor: Prof. Joe Hermer

This project enables students to contribute to evidence based public policy in an area that is the subject of much public discussion and contestation: the policing of vulnerable and poor people in distress. Student RAs will become active members of a Canada wide research project ( that explores how people experiencing homelessness are being policed during the pandemic. RAs will participate in ongoing research inquiries, including the analysis of a large interview data set. Participants will pay special attention to the diversity of Scarborough communities and the nature of suburban homelessness. Training will be provided in key aspects of qualitative research work. Fluency in a second language is an asset, but not required. Students from all disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Search Terms

Concept Homelessness Policing Pandemic
Potential keywords to search
  • Homelessness
  • Homeless
  • Poverty
  • Low income
  • Urban/rural poverty
  • Housing
  • Police
  • Policing
  • Law enforcement
  • Police citizen relations
  • Punishment
  • Surveillance
  • Pandemic
  • Epidemic
  • Covid-19
  • Covid
  • Coronavirus disease
  • Novel coronavirus


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