Full Time Faculty
Dr. Christine Kelly, PhD
Academic Background:
Christine Kelly received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 2005 from Dalhousie University and her Master of Arts (MA) in 2007 from the University of Manitoba. Her MA thesis research used qualitative methods to explore the role of organizational philosophies in shaping care interactions in two different organizations for people with disabilities. Dr. Kelly did her doctoral training at Carleton University in the School of Canadian Studies, receiving her degree in 2012. Her dissertation drew on feminist and disability theory and used qualitative methods to explore directly-funded home care in Ontario. This research found that directly-funded home care models change the meaning and practices of ‘care’ among disabled people and their attendants. This work warranted a Senate Medal upon graduation and was the basis for a full-length book titled Disability Politics and Care: The Challenge of Direct Funding (UBC Press, 2016).
Following her doctoral work, Dr. Kelly undertook postdoctoral training in the Institute of Population Health at the University of Ottawa funded by the Bruyère Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-term Care, studying a policy decision to standardize care worker education in Ontario. In 2014, Dr. Kelly was awarded a prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, held in the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa. In this role, Dr. Kelly led a study exploring the role of youth in disability and health-related organizations funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. In 2016, Dr. Kelly joined the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba as an Assistant Professor. She is cross-appointed with Disability Studies and is Research Affiliate with the Centre on Aging.
Informed by feminist and disability scholarship, Dr. Kelly’s program of research encompasses two areas: 
  1. the politics of care, explored through qualitative studies of continuing care, with particular expertise in ‘directly-funded,’ or ‘self-managed home care’ in Canada; and, 
  2. Canadian disability movements, in particular highlighting arts-based and radical mobilizing and the shifting landscape for non-profit disability organizations. 

Dr. Kelly is published in journals such as Health & Social Care in the Community, Health Reform ObserverObservatoire des Réformes de Santé, Social Theory & Health, International Journal of Care and Caring, Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, and Critical Social Policy, among others. She has participated in media interviews and legal proceedings related to her research expertise.
In addition to her monograph, Dr. Kelly is co-editor (with Michael Orsini) of Mobilizing Metaphor: Art, Culture and Disability Activism in Canada (2016, UBC Press), a collection that considers the role of art and radical organizing in transforming contemporary Canadian disability movements. She is co-editor (with Katie Aubrecht and Carla Rice) of Aging/Disability Nexus (in-press, UBC Press), a collection that explores the theoretical, policy and empirical overlaps across aging and disability studies. Dr. Kelly is co-editor of UBC Press’s Disability Culture and Politics book series 

Drawing on feminist theory, disability studies and health equity, Dr. Kelly’s current work considers the intersections of aging and disability, evolving models of home care delivery, and the role of art in embodied social movements. Dr. Kelly leads a national study exploring directly-funded home care, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. For more information, see www.christinekelly.ca.

Student Opportunities:
Dr. Kelly is accepting students with complementary research interests for the MSc or PhD programs in the Department of Community Health Sciences. She often has research assistant positions available at the upper undergraduate or graduate level. Please contact Dr. Kelly to inquire about current opportunities or possible supervision.
Research Keywords:
Aging, Canada, continuing care, direct funding, disability studies, feminist theory, gender, health equity, health and social policy, home care, intersectionality, long-term care, qualitative methods, self-managed care


Dr. Christine Kelly
Assistant Professor

S108E-750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg MB  R3E 0W3 Canada

Phone: 204-975-7737
Fax: 204-789-3905
Email: Christine.Kelly@umanitoba.ca