James Cairns

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Associate Professor Coordinator of the MA Program in Social Justice and Community Engagement Faculty of Liberal Arts Social and Environmental Justice Waterloo, Ontario jcairns@wlu.ca Office: (519) 756-8228 ext. 5789

Media Relations

Claire Bruner-Prime
Communications and Media Relations Officer
cprime@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3684

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Media Relations

Claire Bruner-Prime
Communications and Media Relations Officer
cprime@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3684

Lori Chalmers Morrison
Director: Integrated Communications
lchalmersmorrison@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3067

Graham Mitchell
Director: Communications & Issues Management
gmitchell@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3070

Brantford Campus:

Beth Gurney
Associate Director: Communications & Public Affairs
bgurney@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 5753

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Bio/Research

I received a PhD in Communication and Culture from the interdisciplinary joint program at Ryerson/York in 2008. My MA and BA are in Political Science (from the University of Saskatchewan and University of Toronto).

I'm interested in the big questions of how we organize ourselves in socie...


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Bio/Research

I received a PhD in Communication and Culture from the interdisciplinary joint program at Ryerson/York in 2008. My MA and BA are in Political Science (from the University of Saskatchewan and University of Toronto).

I'm interested in the big questions of how we organize ourselves in society.

Every day billions of people all around the world produce enormous wealth in their activities at work and in their communities. Yet access to this wealth, to resources and political power, is terribly unequal. Only a few people reap the full rewards of our collective labour, while many people are scraping to get by. How did such an unequal system come to be "normal," and why do so many people go along with it? What would it look like to live in a truly democratic, socially just, and ecologically sustainable society? How do we get from here to there?

My research and teaching focuses on the broad question: What can we learn from, and how can we contribute to, social movements, labour unions, community organizations, and other forms of democracy-from-below?


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