Karen Grant

University of Manitoba

Dr. Karen R. Grant is a sociologist at the University of Manitoba, and is currently Vice-Provost (Academic Affairs). Her current research concerns the impact of health care reform on women carers and the relationship between evidence and policy. Over the last several years, Dr. Grant has focussed a great deal of her attention (in teaching, research, and analysis) on the question of methodological pluralism and measurement, and interdisciplinarity in health research. In addition to several articles and book chapters, she is co-editor of Exposing Privatization: Women and Health Care Reform in Canada, and Caring For/Caring About: Women, Home Care and Unpaid Caregiving. Through her work with The National Coordinating Group on Health Care Reform and Women, she has sought to disseminate research to audiences beyond the academy. Much of this research group’s work has been widely distributed throughout the world in print and electronic format. In addition to her studies on health care, Dr. Grant has a long-standing interest in post-secondary education. She co-edited a special issue of The Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology in 2002 on “The University in the 21st Century.” She is currently studying how the Canada Research Chairs program is contributing to the restructuring of the academy. Since 2000, Dr. Grant has served as a member of Health Canada’s Science Advisory Board, and earlier this year, she was appointed to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Dr. Grant has been invited to speak at national and international conferences, and has been recognized with both merit and outreach awards for her service.

  • A Place to Call Home

    Long Term Care in Canada

    Edited by Pat Armstrong, Madeline Boscoe, Barbara Clow, Karen Grant, Margaret Haworth-Brockman, Beth Jackson, Ann Pederson, Morgan Seeley and Jane Springer     March 2009

    Long-term residential care operates in the shadows; too often viewed as a necessary evil best left invisible. This book is takes a different approach. It is about daring to dream about developing alternative forms of long-term, residential care based on an understanding of what exists today and of what is possible in the future. Taking into account the fact that the overwhelming majority of residents and providers are women, the book makes gender a central concern in planning for care that treats both workers and residents with dignity and respect. The chapters do not set out the perfect blueprint for such care. Rather they are thought-provoking essays, based on the research and experiences with care today, intended to stimulate a start in designing long-term care that we would be willing to call home.