Dr. Barbara Neis
Memorial University Department of Sociology
Barbara Neis (Ph.D., C.M., F.R.S.C.) is John Paton Lewis Distinguished University Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Based in the Department of Sociology, she is also the Co-Director of Memorial’s SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research, a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Council of Canadian Academies, and Past President of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health. Professor Neis received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto in 1988. Her research focuses broadly on interactions between work, environment, health and communities in rural and remote contexts. Professor Neis has worked for four decades in multi-disciplinary teams carrying out research in marine and coastal communities. She is a co-investigator in two modules of the Ocean Frontier Institute where she is co-lead on Module I Informing Governance Responses in a Changing Ocean and lead on the aquaculture occupational health and safety sub-module of Module M Social License and Planning in Coastal Communities. She is also a collaborator on Module N focused on marine shipping. Neis recently co-chaired the scientific and organizing committees for the International Fishing Industry Safety and Health Conference co-sponsored by Memorial University, the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety and the Food and Agriculture Organization in June 2018 and is a member of an expert panel developing a report for the FAO on aquaculture occupational health and safety.