Dr. Garson Hunter

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External Research Associate University of Regina Key Interests: injection drug users, harm reduction programs, poverty, criminalization of particular acts of the Poor (e.g. drug use, panhandling).

Dr. Garson Hunter holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University and worked for ten years as a social worker in Calgary and surrounding areas with the Government of Alberta. He joined the University full-time in 2000 and is currently an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Regina. Currently he is a member of the steering committee for the newly formed United States of America – Canada Alliance of Inhabitants (USACAI). This organization’s focus is homelessness and precarious housing in those two countries and operates under the auspices of the International Alliance of Inhabitants created by the World of Social Forum. He was also on the planning committee for the poverty section of the Peoples Movement Assemblies at the United States Social Forum II held in Detroit, Michigan, in 2010.

Garson is the past Director of the Social Policy Research Unit (SPR) at the University of Regina. SPR supports critical analytical research that will promote social justice and enhance the individual, community and societal development.

Garson’s research is focused on: 1) creation and maintenance of poverty; 2) the impact of poverty on marginalized populations and 3) peoples movements to resist social/economic inequality. He has held research grants from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Communities of Tomorrow. He has dozens of peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed book chapters, journal articles and public presentations and has appeared in the media dozens of times. Articles and presentation include presenting at the International Harm Reduction Conference on findings of research with women who use Vancouver’s supervised injection site (Insite), focus group research with IDUs and maternity care in Regina, and the criminalization of certain acts of poverty such as panhandling.

Garson was also appointed a journalist at the G20 Alternative Media Centre in Toronto; one of only 22 people given media accreditation with the Alternative Media Centre to report the resistance movements to the economic summit.

Current research interests include the affects of oil and gas drilling on First Nations populations in South East Saskatchewan and also the intersection between poverty and carceral policy in North America.