Fiona S. Martin

Assistant Professor; Graduate Coordinator

Phone: 902-494-6750
Mailing Address: 
Room 3117, McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Critical health studies
  • Body and embodiment
  • Drug use
  • Gender
  • Knowledge, science and expertise
  • Personhood
  • Poverty and social marginalization
  • Reproduction and mothering

Cross appointment

  • Gender and Women's Studies


  • BA, Queen’s University
  • MA, PhD, University of Melbourne

Research interests

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.

Selected publications