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First year PhD student Kristen Chaisson focuses on obesity as a case study

Kristen Chaisson is a first year PhD student at the department of Sociology. Kristen entered the program interested in health care, social policy, parenting practices, and obesity research.  Most recently, her interests have grown to include international relations, how organizations such as the World Health Organization and the United Nations operate, and how these relations with international organizations influence Canadian health care policy, treating obesity as a case study.

The types of questions Kristen will be engaging with throughout her program are: how is knowledge about the possible health risks of obesity translated into policy? How is health care policy exchanged and changed between international and national policy institutions? Her research will contribute to scholarship on health policy, the policy process more generally, the dynamics of knowledge translation, and how policy travels and changes between different levels of international, national, provincial and territorial government.

Outside of the classroom, Kristen is a member of the United Nations Association of Canada, and participates in events with the UNAC-Calgary branch. Kristen is also the Graduate Students Association (GSA) Representative for the Sociology Graduate Student Caucus (SGSC), where she participates in events for both organizations.  Kristen’s recreational time is spent running the Bow River, visiting friends and family in British Columbia, and travelling internationally.