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Dr. Lori Hanson B.A., M.Sc., Ph.D. Emeritus Professor Community Health and Epidemiology

HSC E-wing 3216

Research Area(s)

  • Political Economy of Global Health: Critical approaches
  • Activism and social movements
  • Nicaragua: The politics of health and crisis
  • Extractivism and community resistance (Latin America)
  • Gender and health (including midwifery, gender-based violence, women’s mental health)
  • Opioid crises: Socio-economic contexts
  • Alternatives: Activist scholarship; Community-based, participatory, and arts-informed research; Transformative pedagogies; Integrated knowledge translation

Selected Publications

Books, Chapters in Books, Expository and Review Articles


  • Hanson, L. (In press). Radical subjects: Responsiveness to inequities through activist scholarship. Accepted book chapter in: K. Plamondon, E. Bisung (Eds.) Walking our Talk: Learning from equity-centred practice in global health research. London: Routledge. (In-press)
  • Plamondon, K. Shahram, S. Abu, T. & Hanson, L. (In press) Weaving ways of knowing into pathways toward equitable futures. Accepted book chapter in: K. Plamondon, E. Bisung (Eds.) Walking our Talk: Learning from equity-centred practice in global health research. London: Routledge. (In-press)
  • 2017     Kaplan-Myrth N,Hanson L, Editors. Much Madness, Divinest Sense: Women's Stories of Mental Health and Health Care. Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia: Pottersfield Press; 2017. 224 pages.
  • 2017     Hanson L. The Case of Rancho Grande (Case Study 8). In: Bodini C, editor. Building a Movement for Health– A tool for Health Activists. Cape Town South Africa: People's Health Movement; 2017. https://twha.be/phmmanual. Comment: Online manual in English, French and Spanish
  • 2015     Hanson L. Experiences of Creating Internationalized Curricula through Global Health Programs at the University of Saskatchewan. In: Green W, Whitsed C, editors. Critical perspectives on internationalising the curriculum in disciplines: Reflective narrative accounts from Business, Education and Health. 1st ed.. 32, Rotterdam/Boston: Sense Publishing; 2015. https://www.sensepublishers.com/catalogs/bookseries/global-perspectives-on-higher-education/criticalperspectives-on-internationalising-the-curriculum-indisciplines/. p. 175-189.
  • 2012    Cole, D. Hanson, L. Rouleau, K., Pottie, K., Arya, N. (166 pages) Chapter 12: Teaching Global Health Ethics in An Introduction to Global Health Ethics Edited by R. Upshur and A. Pinto.  Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group)
  • 2010    Kaplan-Mirth N., Hanson, L. & Thille, P.(Eds). Women who care: Women’s stories of health care and caring Pottersfield Press: East Lawrencetown, N.S. (175 pages)
  • 2009    Hanson, L., & Johnson, M., Internationalization, Social Transformation and Global Citizenship: An Evaluation of Global Health. In R. Trilokekar, G. Jones and A. Shubert (eds.) Canada’s universities go global.  James Lorimer & Co. Ltd.: Toronto. p. 168-193.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Alhassan, J. A. K., Abonyi, S., Neudorf, C., & Hanson, L. (2021). “It Feels like Somebody Cut my Legs Off”: Austerity, Transportation and ‘the Web of Dispossession’ in Saskatchewan, Canada. Social Science & Medicine, 282 (114147). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114147 (Senior author, Student was principal author)
  • Alhassan, J. A. K., Smith, C. & Hanson, L. (2021). Politics, transportation and the people’s health: A sociopolitical autopsy of the demise of a 70-year-old bus company. Critical Public Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2021.1905152 (Senior author, Student was principal author)
  • Ali, A. Hanson, L. (2021) Premises and Rationale of Contraceptive Services Accessing in Southern Ethiopia: A Phenomenological Exploration. Ethiopian journal of reproductive health 13:2.
  • Brisbois, B., Feagan, M., Stime, B., Paz, I.K., Berbes-Blasquez, M., Gaibor, J., Cole, D., Ruggiero, E., Hanson, L., Janes, C., Planmondon, K., Spiegel, J., Yassi, A., (2021) Mining, Colonial legacies, and neoliberalism: A political ecology of health knowledge. New Solutions: A Journal of Environment and Occupational Health Policy. 21(1) p 48-64.
  • Oghenebrume W., Alhassan. J, Mark, G., Oyinkansola Adesiyand and Hanson L. (2020) Trends in obesity by socioeconomic status among non-pregnant women aged 15–49 y: a cross-sectional, multi-dimensional equity analysis of demographic and health surveys in 11 sub-Saharan Africa countries, 1994–2015. International Health 2020; 0: 1–10 https://tinyurl.com/yhwjyf86
  • Alhassan, J. A. K., & Hanson, L. (2019). ‘It feels like I’ve lost my independence… Now I just feel like I’m a prisoner trapped in my own city’- Politicizing the transportation-health nexus: Evidence from the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Journal of Transport and Health, 14 (supplement). https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214140519304360
  • Alano, A., & Hanson, L. (2018). Women's perception about contraceptive use benefits towards empowerment: A phenomenological study in Southern Ethiopia. PLoS ONE 13(9): e0203432 (15 p)
  • 2018     Hanson L, Cheng J. Production of the global health doctor: Discourses on International medical electives. Community Engaged Scholar. 2018 Apr;4(1):161-180. file:///Users/lorihanson/Downloads/315-719-1- SM%20(1).pdf.
  • 2017     Hanson L. From reflexivity to collectivity: Challenging the benevolence narrative in Global Health. Canadian Medical Education Journal. 2017 Apr;8(2):e1-e3. Epub 2017 Apr. http;//www.cmej.ca.
  • 2017     Legge D, Shuftan C, Baum F, van de Pas R, Sanders D, Hanson L, McCoy D, Sengupta A. Comment - WHO's Weakness is not technical, but due to lack of accountability. BMJ Global Health. 2017 Jan(Suppl 2):12. Epub 2017 Jan. http://gh.bmj.com/content/2/Suppl_1/i2. 
  • 2016     Brisbois B, Cole D, Davison C, Di Ruggiero E, Hanson L, Janes C, Larson C, Nixon S, Plamandon K, Stime B. Corporate Sponsorship of global health research: Questions to promote critical thinking about potential funding relationships. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2016;107 No 4-5
  • 2014    Hanson, L. McRae, D. Toward Equity in Access to Midwifery in SK: Key Informant Perspectives.  Canadian Journal of Midwifery Research and Practice.  In Press.
  • 2013    Hanson, L. Mpofu, D. Hopkins, L., Toward Equity in Access to Midwifery: A scan of five Canadian Provinces.  Canadian Journal of Midwifery Research and Practice.  Aug; 12(1)
  • 2012    Hanson, L. Terstappen, V., Bacon, C. Leung, J. Ganem-Cuenca, A. Diaz, R. Meza Rojas, M. Gender, health, and Fairtrade: Insights from a research-action program in Nicaragua. Development in Practice 22: 2. p. 164-179
  • 2012    Terstappen, V. Hanson, L. McLaughlin, D. Gender, Health, Labor and inequities: A review of the fair and alternative trade literature. Agriculture and Human Values DOI: 10.1007/s10460-012-9377-7
  • 2011    Cole, D. Davidson, C., Hanson, L., Jackson, S., Page, A., Lencuch, R.,& Kakuma, R. Being global in public health practice and research: Complementary competencies are needed.  Canadian Journal of Public Health 102:5, p. 394-397.
  • 2011    Hanson C. & Hanson L. Unpaid work and social policy: Engaging research with mothers on social assistance Action Research 9:2, June, 2011. p. 179-198.    DOI: 10.1177/1476750310388053  
  • 2010    Hanson, L. Harms, S. & Plamondon, K. Undergraduate International Medical electives: Some Ethical and Pedagogical considerations. Journal of Studies in International Education 15:2. p. 171-185. May 2011.    DOI: 10.1177/1028315310365542
  • 2010    Hanson, L., Global Citizenship, Global Health, and the Internationalization of Curriculum: A Study of Transformative Potential, Journal of Studies in International Education, 14:8, p. 70-88. DOI: 10.1177/1028315308323207
  • 2009    Hanson L. & Terstappen, V. Collaboration on Contentious Issues:  Research Partnerships for Gender Equity in Nicaragua’s Fair Trade Coffee Cooperatives. Journal of Agromedicine, 14. p. 105-111.
  • 2008    Plamondon, K., Hanson, L., Labonte, R. & Abonyi, S. The Global Fund and Tuberculosis in Nicaragua: Building Sustainable Capacity? Canadian Journal of Public Health, Vol.99, No.4,     July/Aug, 2008, p. 355-358.

Technical reports

  • Hanson, L. Fornssler, B. (April 2022). Decriminalization in Saskatoon: Moving forward from evidence and lessons learned.  Submitted to the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners. Available at: https://p5projectyxe.ca/
  • Hanson, L. & Gomez, M (LauraEco and Juan Sintierra). Marzo, 2021. Agricultura capitalista y la era de las pandemias. Hora Cero. https://www.horacero.org/agricultura-capitalista-y-pandemias
  • Hanson, L. Fornssler, B. (June 2021) Evidence Brief for City of Saskatoon Mayor’s office re: Decriminalization for Simple Possession.
  • Alhassan, J., Gough, H., Heilman, B., Hanson, L., Christopherson-Cote, C., with Morrison, C., & Davies, D. (June 2020). Interim Report on COVID-19 Vulnerable Sector Response in Saskatoon March-May 2020. https://saskatooninteragencyresponse.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Report-June-19.pdf
  • Hanson, L., Butt, P., Fornssler, B., Dixon, J., & Gibson, M. (June 2019). Consolidating Perspectives on the Nature of Saskatoon's evolving Opioid crisis. Available on Canadian Research Institute for Substance Misuse (CRISM) website at https://crismprairies.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Consolidating-Perspectives-Project-Summary-March2019_FINAL.pdf
  • 2018     Hanson L, Gomez M. Deciphering the Nicaraguan student uprising // Decifrando el levantamiento estudiantil nicaraguense. NACLA. 2018 Jun 15. Epub 2018 Jun 15. https://nacla.org/news/2018/07/03/deciphering-nicaraguan-student-uprising-descifrando-el-levantamiento-estudiantil.
  • 2018     Hanson L, Gomez M. The students of Nicaragua's April uprising. Briarpatch. 2018 Jun 8. Epub 2018 Jun 8. https://briarpatchmagazine.com/blog/view/the-students-of-nicaraguas-april-uprising.
  • 2018     Hanson L. Roadblocks and possibilities: The Nicaraguan student insurrection. New Socialist. 2018 Jun 4. Epub 2018 Jun 4. http://newsocialist.org/roadblocks-and-possibilities-the-nicaraguan-student-insurrection/.
  • 2018     Hanson L. H εξέγερση στη Νικαράγουα, αιτίες και δυνατότητες- Συνέντευξη με την Lori Hanson [The revolt in Nicaragua, causes and possibilities]. Alterthess. 2018 May 22. Epub 2018 May 22. http://www.alterthess.gr/content/h-exegersi-sti-nikaragoya-aities-kai-dynatotites-synenteyxi-me-tin-lori-hanson.
  • 2018     Saunders S, Birn A-E, Brisbois B, Cole D, Hamel P, Kneen J, Mukhopadhyay B. Who will publish eulogies for the victims of Barrick Gold? Briarpatch. 2018 Apr 24. Epub 2018 Apr 24. https://briarpatchmagazine.com/blog/view/who-will-publish-eulogies-for-the-victims-of-barrick-gold.
  • 2018     Akhtar F, Schwandt M, Hanson L, Stevens A, Tucker S. Health wanted: Social determinants of health among migrant workers in Saskatchewan Working paper. migrantwork.ca: e-published on website of Migrantwork.ca; 38 p. http://migrantwork.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Health-Wanted-Working-Paper-May-14-2018.pdf.
  • 2017     Hanson L. Miners, activists and struggle in Halkidki. Briarpatch. 2017 Oct 17. Epub 2017 Oct 17. https://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/struggle-in-halkidiki.
  • 2017     Hanson L, Hicks J. Austerity and Health: Some Lessons from Around the World; Some Cautions for Saskatchewan. 2017. 12 p. https://saskforward.ca/austerity-health-peoples-healthmovement-canada/.
  • 2013     Hanson, L. Netll, Z. Equity in Access to Midwifery: Phase II report (36 pages)
  • 2011     Hanson, L. Mpofu, D. Hopkins, L. Friesen, J. Harder, J. Equity in Access to Midwifery: Phase one Outcome report.
  • 2011     Research Team (Hanson, L., Mpofu, D., Harder, J.) New Saskatchewan-based research study: Equity and access to midwifery services in the Saskatoon Health Region. Saskatchewan College of Midwives Newsletter 2:2 Spring, 2011
  • 2009     Diaz, R., Hanson, L. & Bacon, C. Genero, Salud y Comercio Justo (Report on the first phase: Gender, Health and Fair Trade), ASDENIC, Esteli, Nicaragua. 19 pages.
  • 2009     Equipo de Investigacion (Hanson, L. Terstappen, V. Diaz, R. & Bacon C.) Impactos del Comercio Justo en las comunidades cafetereras norteñas. El Comercio 407. Octubre, 2009.
  • 2007     Plamondon, K. and Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR) Capacity-Building Task Group (Hanson, L. (co-chair) with Harms, S., Neufeld, V., Nguyen V.K.), Mentorship Modules for Global Health Research. Available at: http://www.ccghr.ca/default.cfm?content=mentorship_modules.
  • 2004     Brown, S. & Hanson, L., International Health Orientation Modules, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. 35 pages plus readings package. Modules include:
    •      1. Module One: Health in a Global Context & Ethics of Study/Work/Travel Abroad
    •      2. Module Two: Development, Globalization and Transformation
    •      3. Module Three: Cultural Awareness & Insurance, Risk Management and Emergency Preparedness
    •      4. Module Four: Trailing Threads, Logistical Concerns and Personal Preparedness
    •      5. Module Five: Coming Home & “So what?”
  • 2004     Brown, S. and Hanson, L., International Health Orientation Modules and Facilitator’s Manual, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.
  • 2003     Hanson, L., Connecting Community and Campus: Mid-term Review, CIDA, AUCC and University of Calgary: Mexico, Belize and Calgary, 70 pages.