An afternoon panel session and reception will be held Oct. 16th, 2014 at Hart House, University of Toronto in recognition of the work of the recently retired Professor of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health , Director of the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research and Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. [see registration details (deadline Oct. 9) and program].
A leading participant in the Research Action Alliance on the Consequences of Work Injury project, Dr Eakin shared her findings not only in academic publications but through community forums for injured workers and the theatre project “Easy Money”. Based on her research into injured workers’ experiences navigating the compensation system, this satirical play, written and directed by Kate Lushington, has been frequently performed by the Injured Workers Theatre Collective since its debut at the 2005 Mayworks Festival.
Selected publications from a body of work that has contributed to workers’ compensation policy discussion and a deeper understanding of how the system impacts real lives:
- “The stigmatization of injured workers: the construction of “unworthiness” in the compensation process” [slides from presentation to CARWH 2010 Conference]
- “Knowledge translation through research-based theatre” (Healthcare Policy, v. 2(2) 2006: 51-55). Co-authored with Marion Endicott (IWC), the article describes sharing research through “Easy Money” which brings to life injured workers’ realities coping with deeming and the compensation process.
- “Return to work in small workplaces: sociological perspective on workplace experience with Ontario’s ‘Early and Safe’ strategy”, Institute for Work & Health (2002). Co-authored with J. Clarke and E. MacEachen, the study explores employers’ and workers’ experiences, including a discussion of the discourse of abuse.