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Annie Pullen Sansfaçon

Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Université de Montréal


Annie Pullen Sansfaçon (PhD Ethics, Social work, DeMontfort University, UK) is Associate Professor at the University of Montreal’s School of social work. Her work focuses on the development of anti-oppressive theories, approaches and methodologies to promote ethical and emancipatory practice in social work.

In her research project, she applies those methodologies to engage participants so that the research does not only contribute to knowledge generation, but also, empower groups that are affected by the problem. Her recent projects include research that aimed at understanding the experiences of adaptation of internationally educated social workers as well as projects related to the experiences of oppression and resistance of trans children and their families.

She has extensive experience in Social Action Research, a form of Community Based Participatory Action Research, and in Self-Directed Groupwork, a method of intervention to work with oppressed groups, based on the same principles. Since the beginning of her career, she has published extensively on effective interventions based on scientific and ethical principles and received over $3M in research funding, some involving international partnerships.

The knowledge she has generated in this field led to numerous invitations to professional and scientific conferences and seminars, including events in the USA, England and Switzerland. She is also the co-founder of Gender Creative Kids Canada, a Montreal-based community organization that was created as a result of a Social Action Research Project.


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