Robin Badgley Memorial Student Award


R BadgleyThe Canadian Society for the Sociology of Health/Société Canadienne de Sociologie de la Santé is a national organization dedicated to the promotion of the sociological study of health, illness and health care issues in Canada in both French and English languages.

The CSSH/SCSS aims to build capacity in the sociology of health and related disciplines, and encourages social science students to pursue studies and research with a health focus. In conjunction with its biennial conference, the CSSH/SCSS recognises exceptional student research with the Robin Badgley Memorial Student award. The Robin Badgley award is granted to the student who presents the best paper, poster or alternative academic work.

This award is a memorial to Dr. Robin Badgley’s (1931 – 2011) contributions to the development of the sociology of health, and the significant impact of his work on Canadian and global public policy. He was a prolific writer on health inequalities broadly, focusing particularly on health issues related to women, Aboriginal peoples and the poor. Dr. Badgley chaired two national commissions, the first on abortion law, and the second on the sexual abuse of children. The findings and recommendations from both inquiries shaped the
development of policy and legislation in Canada. Internationally, he carried out work for the United Nations, World Health Organization and Commonwealth Secretariat. Dr. Badgley was known by students and colleagues to be an unselfish mentor who had great concern for effecting social change. His work and efforts were recognised with the Order of Ontario.


Candidates must be currently registered (or have registered for at least one semester during the previous 12-month period) as an undergraduate or graduate student at a recognized university.

The award recognizes papers, poster presentations or alternative academic works (e.g., research informed documentary) based on original student work, including data collection, literature reviews, and theoretical contributions. The work may be submitted in French or English. The paper/presentation can be under review but not previously published or accepted for publication by the award submission deadline. Eligible work should be solely authored by the student or, in the case of multiple authorship, the student should be the first author and major contributor.

Submission Criteria and Selection Procedure

Students should submit full papers, posters and other works to the CSSH/SCSS Awards Committee at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by May 24th, 2019.
The CSSH/SCSS Awards Committee will select the recipients of the award/s, which will be announced during the conference.

In addition to the named award, student award winners will have a showcase of their work on the CSSH/SCSS website & social media.