Y. Rachel Zhou
Associate Professor | Acting Director/Graduate Advisor of IGHC
School of Social Work
Institute on Globalization & the Human Condition
Area(s) of Interest:
Research & Supervisory Interests
Interested in understanding how globalization processes (not limited to economic globalization) have both challenged and reproduced social inequalities experienced by people in local and transnational settings, and how public policy (e.g., social, health and immigration policies) has responded to the changing contexts of these issues. Research Interests include globalization, immigration, transnationalism; HIV and AIDS, and global health; aging and pensions; social/health policy; culture, gender, sexuality, and temporalities. Major research projects include:
Zhou, Y. R., Coleman, W., Huang, Y. (PIs), Cain, R., Chan, J., Gahagan, J. C., Gao, Y., Micollier, E., Sinding, C., & Wei, W. (2011-2015).Living in “transnational spaces”: Gendered vulnerability to HIV of Chinese immigrants in Canada and the implications for future interventions. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Operating Grant, $406,716.
Zhou, Y. R. Coleman, W. (PIs), & Majumdar, B. (2007-2009). HIV/AIDS in the context of international migration and global interdependence: Understanding the vulnerability to HIV of Chinese and Indian immigrant communities in Canada. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Globalization, Gender and Health Seed Grant, $ 99,866.
Zhou, Y. R. (PI) (2007-2010). Care, aging and globalization: Transnational care-giving experiences of Chinese seniors in Canada. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Standard Research Grant, $48,027.
PhD, University of Toronto, 2006
MA, University of Toronto, 2000
Recent Graduate Supervisions
- The Fluidity of Power: Complexities, Contradictions and Challenges of Visible Minority Women Working in Women’s Shelters
- A Critical Comparison of the Workers’ Compensation in South Korea and Canada: Different Routes to the Same Destination?
- Policy Responses to Income Inequality in a Canadian Context -Motherhoods, Bodies and Inequalities: An Exploration of Surrogacy and its Implications for Social Work
- Neoliberalism Beneath Social Investment Discourses?: A Critical Analysis of the World Bank’s Education Sector Strategy 2020
- The Undecidables and the Hybridity of Identity
- SWK 770 Social Work and social justice: Theoretical tensions
- SWK 701 Social policy: Critical frameworks
- SWK 738 Research Methods for Social Work
- SWK 706 Social Welfare and Social Work in the Context of Globalization and Restructuring
- SWK 4GG3 Transnational lives in a globalizing world
- SWK 2B03 Social Welfare: General Introduction
- Global St 749 Global health crisis
- GLOBAL St 704 Global Social Policy
- Global St 715 Globalization and China
- HST 4D03 Health in cross-cultural and international perspectives
- Inquiry 1SS3 Inquiry in the social sciences
Huebener, P., O’Brien, S., Porter, T., Stockdale, L., & Zhou, Y. R. (Eds.) (in press). Time and Globalization: An interdisciplinary dialogue. New York: Routledge. (*A reprint from a special issue on Globalization and Time)
Huebener, P., O’Brien, S., Porter, T., Stockdale, L., & Zhou, Y. R. (Eds.) (2016). Time, Globalization, and Human Experiences: An Interdisciplinary Exploration. Routledge. Link
Zhou, Y. R., & Shi, S. (forthcoming). “Pension reforms in the context of the global financial crisis: A reincarnation of pension privatization through austerity?”. In S. McBride & B. Evans (eds.), Lived Experience of Austerity. University of Toronto Press.
Zhou, Y. R. (in press). “The New Aging Trajectories of Chinese Grandparents in Canada”. In P. Dossa & C. Coe (eds.), Transnational Aging and Kin-Work. Rutgers University Press.
Huebener, P., O’Brien, S., Porter, T., Stockdale, L., & Zhou, Y. R. (2016). “Introduction”. In Huebener, P., S. O’Brien, T. Porter, L. Stockdale, & Y. R. Zhou (Eds.). Time, Globalization, and Human Experiences. Routledge. (*Authors’ names were arranged alphabetically to reflect equal contribution.)
Zhou, Y. R., & Coleman, W. D. (2016). Accelerated contagion and response: Understanding the relationships among globalization, time, and disease. In Huebener, P., S. O’Brien, T. Porter, L. Stockdale, & Y. R. Zhou (Eds.). Time, Globalization, and Human Experiences. Routledge. (*A reprint from a special issue on Globalization and Time)
Zhou, Y. R. (2014). “Austerity now, poverty later?: Pensions”. In D. Baines & S. McBride (eds.), Orchestrating austerity (pp. 120-133). Fernwood Publishing.
Zhou, Y. R. (2013). “Morality, discrimination, and silence: Understanding HIV stigma in the sociocultural context of China”. In P. Liamputtong (Ed.), Stigma, Discrimination, and Living with HIV/AIDS: A Cross-Cultural Perspective, pp.117-132. New York & London: Spinger. More Info
Zhou, Y. R. (2009). Welfare. In G. H. Fagan & R. Munck (Eds.), Globalization and Security: An Encyclopedia (vol. 2), pp.387-404. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger. More info
Sakamoto, I. & Zhou, Y. R. (2005). Gendered nostalgia: The experiences of Chinese new skilled immigrants in Canada. In V. Agnew (Ed.), Diaspora, memory, identity: A search for home, pp.209-229. Toronto, Buffalo & London: University of Toronto Press.More info
Zhou, Y. R. Coleman, W. D., Huang, Y., Sinding, C. Wei, W., Gahagan, J., Micollier, E., Su, H. (forthcoming). Editorial Introduction: Exploring the Intersection of Transnationalism, Sexuality, and HIV Risk. Culture, Health & Sexuality (A symposium on Transnationalism and HIV Risk).
Sinding, C., & Zhou, Y. R. (2017). “Intimacy, identity and relationship in the accounts of Chinese immigrants to Canada: The contribution of narrative analysis”. Culture, Health & Sexuality (A symposium on Transnationalism and HIV Risk). Advance Online Publication. Doi: 10.1080/13691058.2016.1271142
Zhou, Y. R. (2016). “"Race" and HIV vulnerability in a transnational context: The case of Chinese Immigrants to Canada”. Culture, Health & Sexuality. Advance Online Publication. Doi: 10.1080/13691058.2016.1192221. Abstract
Zhou, Y. R., Majumdar, B., & Vattikonda, N. (2016). Culture, but more than culture: An exploratory study of the HIV vulnerability of Indian immigrants in Canada. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 18 (9), 1067-1080. Doi: 10.1080/13691058.2016.1162328. Abstract
Huebener, P., O’Brien, S., Porter, T., Stockdale, L., & Zhou, Y. R. (2016). Editors’ Introduction: Exploring the Intersection of Time and Globalization. Globalizations (Special issue on Time and Globalization), 13(3) 243-255. Doi: 10.1080/14747731.2015.1057046. Link
Zhou, Y. R., & Coleman, W. D. (2016). Accelerated contagion and response: Understanding the relationships among globalization, time, and disease. Globalizations (Special issue on Time and Globalization), 13(3), 285-299.Doi: 10.1080/14747731.2015.1056498. Abstract
Zhou, Y. R. (2015). Time, space and care: Rethinking transnational care from a temporal perspective. Time & Society, 24(2), 163-182. Doi: 10.1177/0961463X13491342. Abstract
Neysmith, S. M., & Zhou, Y. R. (2013). Mapping another dimension of a feminist ethics of care: Family-based transnational care. International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (Special Issue on Aging and Long-term Care), 6(2), 141-159. Abstract
Zhou, Y. R. (2013). Toward transnational care interdependence: Rethinking the relationships between care, immigration and social policy. Global Social Policy, 13(3), 280-298. Doi: 10.1177/1468018113499573. Abstract
Zhou, Y. R. (2013). Transnational aging: The impacts of adult children’s immigration on their parents’ later lives. Transnational Social Review (Special Issue on Transnational Aging), 3(1), 49-64. Abstract
Zhou, Y. R. (2012). Space, time, and self: Rethinking aging in the contexts of immigration and transnationalism. Journal of Aging Studies (Special Issue on Innovative Approaches to International Comparisons), 26(3), 232-242. Abstract
Zhou, Y. R. (2012). Changing behaviours and continuing silence: Sex in the post-immigration lives of mainland Chinese immigrants in Canada. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 14(1), 87-100. Abstract
Zhou, Y. R., & Coleman, W. (2011). “It’s a forced separation … and we’ve got used to this kind of life”: Changing dynamics of HIV risk in the context of immigration. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 7(1), 5-15. Abstract
Zhou, Y. R. (2010). The phenomenology of time: Lived experiences of people with HIV/AIDS in China. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 14, 310-325. Abstract
Zhou, Y. R. (2009). Help-seeking in a context of AIDS stigma: Understanding the health care needs of people with HIV/AIDS in China. Health & Social Care in the Community, 17, 202–208. Abstract
Zhou, Y. R. (2008). Endangered womanhood: Women’s experiences with HIV/AIDS in China. Qualitative Health Research, 18, 1115-1126. Abstract
Zhou, Y. R. (2007). “If you get AIDS… You have to endure it alone”: Understanding the social constructions of HIV/AIDS in China. Social Science & Medicine, 65(2), 284-295. Abstract
Zhou, Y. R. (2006). Homosexuality, seropositivity, and family obligations: Perspectives of HIV-infected men who have sex with men in China. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 8(6), 487-500. Abstract
Zhou, Y. R., Knoke, D., & Sakamoto, I. (2005). Rethinking silence in the classroom: Chinese students’ experiences of sharing indigenous knowledge. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 9(3), 287-311. Abstract
Recent Presentations at Meetings
“The intersection of transnationalism and translocality: Understanding kin-based transnational care in the context of skilled immigration”. Presentation at the 8th International Symposium, Pusan National University, South Korea, June 16-17.
"Transnational family, transnational care, and transnational aging: Bridging the gap between policy and live experience". Presentation at the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA), McMaster University, March 18
"Hong Kong protests: Umbrella Revolution roundtable discussion". Panel discussion organized by the Asian Research Working Group, McMaster University, November 3
"Pension reforms in the context of the global financial crisis: A reincarnation of pension privatization through austerity? Presentation at the Manufacturing and Framing Austerity Workshop, McMaster University, October 30-November 1
“Rethinking aging and old age security in a changing context: A case study”. Presentation at the workshop on The Crisis and Global Social Policy, McMaster University, September 27-28.
“Accelerated contagion and response: Understanding the relationships among globalization, time, and disease”. Presentation at the Workshop on Time and Globalization. McMaster University, September 20-21. (with W. Coleman)
Zhou, Y. R., Sinding, C., Arnold, E., Wei, W., Huang, Y. Gahagan, J., Cain, R. Peng, L., Su, H., & Micollier, E., “Chinese immigrants’ perceptions about and responses to HIV risk in interracial intimate relationships: Understanding power and agency in a transnational context”. Paper submitted to the 2015 CAHR Conference, April 30- May 3.
Zhou, Y. R., Vattikonda, N., Majumdar, B., & Kaur, A. “HIV risk within marriage: Gendered perspectives of Indian immigrants in Canada”. Paper submitted to the 2015 CAHR Conference, April 30- May 3.
Zhou, Y. R., Vattikonda, N., Majumdar, B., & Kaur, A. “Culture, stigma, and agency: Telling and re-telling the stories about HIV/AIDS”. Paper submitted to the 2015 CAHR Conference, April 30- May 3.
Sinding, C., Zhou, Y. R., Wei, W., Huang, Y., Cain, R., Su, H., Arnold, E., Gahagan, J., Bao, Y., & Micollier, E. (2014). “The Migration of Desire: Chinese Immigrants' Accounts of Sexuality and Intimate Relationships in Transnational Contexts”. Paper presented to the 2014 CAHR Conference, May 1-4.
Zhou, Y. R., Huang, Y., Cain, R., Wei, W., Sinding, C., Gahagan, J., Su, H., Arnold. E., Micollier, E., & Johnson, N. (2014). “Theoretical promise and practical challenges: Reflections on an ongoing international project on transnationalism and HIV risk”. Paper Submitted to the 2014 CAHR Conference, May 1-4.