Dr. Vicky Bungay, PhD, RN – Director, Capacity Research Unit
Dr. Bungay is a Professor at the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia and holds a Canada Research Chair in Gender, Equity and Community Engagement. As the Director of the Capacity Research Unit, her work focuses on addressing inequities that negatively affect people’s health and well-being including the devastating effects of stigma, discrimination and violence. She is interested in how research partnerships can positively impact communities that are regularly excluded in health and social policy and programming that affect their lives and how community-based interventions support real world evidence. Her research integrates health and social science perspectives in the substantive field of redressing the negative health effects of socio-economic and political inequities (i.e., marginalization) on some of the most stigmatized groups in society. Her work specifically focuses on three intersecting topic areas: 1) policies and programs to improve health and health care for adult men, women and transgender persons involved in sex work; 2) strategies to support health and health care for women affected by violence; and 3) community capacity building to enhance active participation in research, policy and programming.