Claudia Mitchell

Visiting Scholar


James McGill Professor


Department of Integrated Studies


McGill University

Geographic Location

Claudia Mitchell

Claudia Mitchell is a James McGill Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies at McGill University, and an Honorary Professor in the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, where she established the Centre for Visual Methodologies for Social Change. In September 2015 Dr. Mitchell was recognized as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She is currently the Director of the Institute of Human Development and Well-Being in the Faculty of Education of McGill University. Her research interests span work in schools with teachers and young people, particularly in the context of gender, HIV and AIDS; studies in Higher Education of mainstreaming issues of gender, HIV and AIDS in South Africa and Ethiopia; girlhood studies, in particular work related to gender-based violence; and participatory visual methodologies and community-based research in health education, housing and agriculture.

Primary Recipient Awards

Claudia Mitchell – International Visiting Research Scholars – 2018

A broad area of concern in Dr. Mitchell’s research is the idea of engaging various publics in social change, particularly in relation to gender-based violence and other social justice concerns. Talking Public(s) in Socially Engaged Research with Young People will offer a public platform for deepening an understanding of two broad interdisciplinary areas of research crossing the humanities, social sciences, and health sciences: (1) young people and especially girls and young women speaking back (talking public) through the arts, media-making, and various participatory visual methods to address social justice issues, such as gender-based violence; and (2) researchers (talking public) in working with young people in the context of policy.  This work cuts across a number of key disciplinary areas, including Film Production and Education as her host faculties, along with Health Research, Indigenous and First Nations Studies, Law, Sociology, Child and Youth Studies, and Social Work.  She will be hosted by Drs. Shannon Walsh, Anthony Pare, Bonny Norton, and Heather McKay at UBC.