Lisa Smith


  • BA, Criminology, Simon Fraser University
  • MA, Sociology, Concordia University
  • PhD, Sociology, Carleton University


Lisa Smith, Sociology Faculty

Lisa joined the Department of Sociology at Ƶ in 2015 and finds great joy in pursuing her passion for research and teaching. Her research areas are: gender, sex, sexual and reproductive health; social aspects of menstruation/menstrual cycle; gender, sex, and technology; sexual violence, consent, and post-secondary institutions; community-engaged and applied sociology. Lisa is a devoted and passionate educator and scholar, who remains actively engaged within her community and many of her projects involve collaborations with grassroots and not-for-profit organizations. From time to time, she dabbles in podcasting and other kinds of creative endeavours as a means to extend beyond conventional forms of academic publishing and knowledge dissemination.

Lisa is the Coordinator of the Menstrual Cycle Research Group at Ƶ, where she has several active research programs and engages in community advocacy and supports student and community-based researchers. She is a Co-Investigator on a SSHRC partnership grant, led by Dr. Shaheen Shariff, McGill University, entitled: iMPACTS: Collaborations to Address Sexual Violence on Campus.

In her downtime, Lisa loves a good long walk in the forest or strumming away on the ukulele.

Tel: 604 527 5561
Office: N3310


Gender, sex, sexual and reproductive health; Social aspects of menstruation/menstrual cycle; Gender, sex, and technology; Sexual violence, consent, and post-secondary institutions; Community-engaged and applied sociology


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  • SOCI 1125 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 1145 Canadian Society
  • SOCI 2240 Women in Society
  • SOCI 2290 Society, Tech, Inequality
  • SOCI 3385 Social Control and Surveillance


Walking alongside trauma: Understanding secondary trauma through craft and art, funded by SSHRC, Collaborations to Address Sexual Violence, P.I. Dr. Shaheen Shariff, McGill University

Menstrual equity and period poverty in Canada: Current knowledge and future research directions, Funding from Women and Gender Equality Canada and a Research Project Grant, Ƶ

Learning in novel times: Tracing the social impacts of COVID-19 on students, funded by SSHRC, Collaborations to Address Sexual Violence, P.I. Dr. Shaheen Shariff, McGill University

Menstrual pains of imprisonment: Reproductive health in Canadian prisons, Funding from Research Project Grant, Ƶ

Periods in-between: Menstruation and sexual stigma amongst second-generation South Asian immigrants


Smith, L., Gacimi, R., Adolph, N., Hope, J. (forthcoming). Flow of inequity: Period poverty and the COVID-19 pandemic. Navigating Mental Health, Wellness, and Social Challenges during COVID-19, Shaheen Shariff (ed.). Peter Lang.

Smith, L., Khan, Z., Oveisi, N. 2023. Mapping Menstrual Equity in Canada: A Shared Vision - 3 Reports (Literature Review, Qualitative Research, High-Level Environmental Scan). Prepared for Women and Gender Equality Canada.  

Smith, L., Gacimi, R. 2023. Bloody burdens: Post-secondary students and menstruation management on campus. Atlantis, 43(1), 32-44.

Fellows, J., Smith, L. (editors). 2022. Gender, Sex, and Tech! An Intersectional Feminist Guide. Canadian Scholars/Women’s Press.

Smith, L. 2022. Bikes, birth control, and baby bottles. Gender, Sex, Tech! An Intersectional Feminist Guide, Jill Fellows, Lisa Smith (eds.). Canadian Scholars/Women’s Press.

Smith, Lisa. 2022. Review of Musings on Menopause and Perimenopause: Identity, Experience, Transition editors Heather Dillaway and Laura Wershler. Canadian Journal on Aging.

Tribe, S., Smith, L. 2021. Post-Secondary Periods: Results from the Period Product Access Project. Ƶ Menstrual Research Group.

Smith, L. 2021. Research. Period. A podcast about research about menstruation. - 4 episodes

Smith, L., Paterson, S. 2018. Guiding girls: Navigating neo-liberal subjectivity and government educational resources for young women. Girlhood Studies, 11(2): 13-29.