Kate Tilleczek

Kate Tilleczek is a former school teacher who is currently Canada Research Chair in Youth Cultures and Transitions at the University of Prince Edward Island. Prior to this appointment, she worked for many years in Sociology at Laurentian University. She is also a Research Scientist with The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and was Senior Researcher with CRaNHR from 2001 to 2003.

Kate Tilleczek has been engaged in research on the social lives and cultures of children and youth: she is particularly interested in issues of marginality of young people and the ways in which education is related to developmental health. She is currently the Lead Investigator on a three year ethnographic study of elementary and secondary schools, the transitions between them, and the developmental health of young people. Kate has recently collaborated with The Hospital for Sick Children as the lead investigator on a multi-method, large scale study of secondary schools and early school leavers in Ontario. She is also currently engaged in investigations relating to the ethics and practice of research with and for young people. She has also worked with researchers at CRaNHR and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto to collaborate with filmmakers to produce a documentary film about children’s mental health.

Kate is the author of Why do Students Drop Out of High School? Narrative Studies and Social Critiques; she is also co-editor of Sociology for Changing the World: Social Movements/Social Research. Kate is an active member of many academic societies including the International Childhood and Youth Research Network, the Canadian Rural Health Research Society and the International Sociological Association.

  • Sociology for Changing the World

    Social Movements/Social Research

    Edited by Caelie Frampton, Gary Kinsman, AK Thompson and Kate Tilleczek     January 2006

    This book for activists and researchers on building connections between social movements and social research sets out practical ways activists can map the social relations of struggle they are engaged in and produce knowledge for more effective forms of activism for changing the world. Grounded in political activist ethnography, this work does not see social movements as “objects” to be studied from the outside. Rather they are to be analyzed from the standpoint of insiders’ knowledge and based on the daily struggles the social movements are engaged in. Sociology for Changing the World allows people to learn how to do sociology for social transformation.