Fiona S. Martin
Assistant Professor; Graduate Coordinator
- Critical health studies
- Body and embodiment
- Drug use
- Knowledge, science and expertise
- Poverty and social marginalization
- Reproduction and mothering
- Gender and Women's Studies
- BA, Queen’s University
- MA, PhD, University of Melbourne
Fiona Martin is a sociologist who engages in a theoretically- and critically-informed analysis of health. Her work explores the ways in which social relationships, structural conditions, and cultural meanings influence people’s health-related beliefs and actions, specifically in relation to drug use. She also explores how larger sociopolitical and ideological contexts influence the kinds of supports, both preventative and treatment-focused, that are made available to different groups of drug users.
Dr. Martin is currently studying the availability of harm reduction services in the Atlantic Provinces, in particular, methadone maintenance treatment for opiate-dependent pregnant women in Nova Scotia. Dr. Martin’s previous research projects have included a critical analysis of the causes and consequences of women’s “substance abuse” as they are framed in epidemiological and clinical literature, an investigation into the current barriers to providing harm reduction services to people who use drugs in Atlantic Canada, and an exploration of the social networks and social meanings that inform key moments in drug-using trajectories, with a focus on young pregnant women and mothers in the process of disengaging from injecting drug use.
- Martin, F.S. & Aston, S. (2014) A "special population" with "unique treatment needs": Dominant representations of" women's substance abuse" and their effects. Contemporary Drug Problems, 41, 3, pp. 335-360. [PDF - 2.2 MB]
- Jackson, L., McWilliam, S., Martin, F. Dykeman, M., Gahagan, J., & Karabanow, J. (2014) Key challenges in meeting the needs of people who use drugs: The perspectives of people working in emergency departments and shelters in Atlantic Canada. Drugs: education, policy, prevention 21, 3: 244-253. [PDF - 225 kB]
- Martin, F.S. & Aston, S. (2012) “Enacting gendered identities: Exploring representations of women, ‘substance abuse’, and ‘vulnerability’ in the clinical and epidemiological literature,” Canadian Society for the Sociology of Health 3rd Annual Conference, Ottawa, Ontario (25-27 October, 2012).
- Martin, F.S. (2011). Deep entanglements: Identity, embodiment and the complexities of disengaging from injecting drug use in the lives of young mothers. Contemporary Drug Problems 38, no. 3: 335-366.
- Martin, F.S. (2010). Becoming vulnerable: young women’s accounts of initiation to injecting drug use, Addiction Research and Theory 18, 5: 511-527.
- Martin, F.S. (2011) “Trauma, pleasure and agency: competing conceptual frameworks in research on women drug users,” Beyond the Buzzword: Problematising ‘drugs’, Contemporary Drug Problems, School of Political and Social Inquiry at Monash University, National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University, and the Centre for Population Health at the Burnet Institute, Prato, Italy (3-4 October).