Word from the Director

Meet your Interim Director

Professor Nathan Young accepted a position as Interim Director for the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies for a period of one year. Learn more about him.

My studies
I have a Bachelor’s of Sociology from the University of Waterloo, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of British Columbia. For my PhD, I studied the impact of the liberalization of British Columbia’s fisheries and forest industries on small coastal communities and their workforces.

I am researching or interested in researching
I am currently researching the role of scientific and local/traditional knowledge in the management of natural resources, such as fisheries and forestry. I am also studying methods for public engagement with science. 

Are you affiliated with any other academic units?
I am affiliated with the Institute of Environment and the Institute for Science, Society and Policy.

 The best part about my job
I enjoy working with colleagues and students. The best part of my job is that I have the opportunity to collaborate with interesting people on interesting projects, which helps me to continually learn, teach, and mentor.

The most important part of my day
Making breakfast for my four children before seeing them off to school is definitely the best part of my day.

What people don’t know about me
That I’m a half decent hockey player and still strap on the skates a few nights a week with the local old cranks in my neighbourhood.

Nathan Young
Interim Director, School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies


Welcome to the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies at the University of Ottawa. In 1955, it was born as a sociology department; in 2006, with the launch of our undergraduate anthropology program, it became a Department of Sociology and Anthropology. In 2010, we added an MA program in Anthropology. Our MA in Sociology program has been in place and has matured for over thirty years while our Sociology Doctoral program has been offered since 2008. All our programs are offered, generally, in French and in English.

If sociology studies social phenomena and attempts to come to terms with and explain their patterned existence, Anthropology, for its part, studies human beings holistically by taking account of their social and cultural dimensions. Our school provides a particularly diverse and dynamic environment that brings together an impressive range of expertise: from political anthropology and sociology to the study of interethnic relations, also covering environmental sociology, anthropology and sociology of medicine, the sociology of life courses and social networks, the sociology of ethics, the anthropology and sociology of human rights, the anthropology of Africa, Asia, and Oceania, and Latin America, the study of Canadian and world Francophonie, international development, and much more!

The school is made up of more than 30 full time professors. Many of our professors have networks or undertake research across all the continents. Due to the diversity and the quality of our professors' training, we are able to offer courses that reflect the major sociological and anthropological traditions of both Europe and North America. The school is committed to offering students rigorous theoretical and methodological training that address the current stage of knowledge and engages with contemporary issues.

To obtain more information and an application form, send us an e-mail at socio@uOttawa.ca

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