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We feel privileged to welcome the Sunbelt 2019 XXXIX Conference in our hometown, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, next June 2019.


We hope to draw your attention to the special session we are organizing, which aims to highlight how social network analysis (SNA) can contribute to organizational interventions related to occupational health and safety (OHS).


We hope that some presentations will allow us to reflect on social and gender dynamics that could influence the emergence or persistence of OHS inequalities. The session is also opened to presentations on how SNA was mobilized to analyze OHS issues and also to reflections on how you might consider integrating an SNA approach to an existing research as to explore relational dynamics related to OHS interventions.  


Here is the detailed description of the session :


Title: Social Network Analysis: Emerging Perspectives on Gender, Diversity, Work and Health

Organizer: Mélanie Lefrançois

Co-organizer: Johanne Saint-Charles


Session Description: Social network analysis (SNA) is emerging as an approach to better understand interactions between work, health and safety (Hurtado et al. 2017). Empirical studies, relying mainly on contagion or social capital theories, have mobilized SNA to understand the structuring of sexual harassment (Snyder et al., 2012); and the adoption of safety behaviors (Hurtado et al., 2018). The approach is also recognized for its potential for evaluating OSH interventions with regard to ergonomists' activity (Coutarel & Petit, 2009); the effectiveness of a vaccination campaign for healthcare workers (Llupià et al., 2016); and the development of an OHS culture (Fong et al., 2017). In a prospective manner, some studies or theoretical papers in the OHS field discuss SNA’s potential to analyze, at a collective level, safety climates, safety behaviors and risk perceptions (Koh & Rowlinson, 2014; Murphy, 2008; Pate and Dai, 2014; Stave, 2005).

As well, gender, age, race and social class also play an important role in the emergence of occupational illnesses and injuries (WHO, 2007) and SNA has already proven its relevance for shedding light on such dynamics in organizational context (Ibarra, 1993; Lefrançois, Saint-Charles & Riel, 2017; Lin, 1999,2001). Hence the potential contribution of SNA for OHS issues is multifaceted. Presentations in this session will discuss how SNA can support the construction of sustainable and equitable knowledge in the OHS field: 1) by rendering visible the structuring effect of gender, power and other relational dynamics related to occupational health issues; 2) by outlining how these relational dynamics can impact interventions aimed at reducing risks, and preventing work accidents and occupational diseases.


Deadline for abstract proposals (500 words) : February 1, 2019, 23:00 (EDT-UTC-5:00)

Submission portal : http://sunbelt2019.ca/submission/


Should you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me. Also, please feel free to share widely with potentially interested colleagues.


We are looking forward to welcoming you in Montreal,


Best regards,


Mélanie Lefrançois

Organization and Human Resource Department

École des sciences de la gestion (ESG UQAM Business School)
University of Quebec at Montréal 
Phone : 514 987-3000, ext. 8386

Office : R-3305


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