Kate Shannon

Wall Associate


School of Population and Public Health





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Kate Shannon

Dr. Kate Shannon (Global Health) is a Professor and a Canada Research Chair in Gender Equity, Sexual Health & Global at UBC where she helps lead the university’s efforts on gender equity and sexual health equity. She is also the Executive Director of the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity at UBC (www.gendersexualhealth.ubc.ca) and holds a CIHR Sex and Gender Science Chair in Advancing Gender-Transformative Sexual Health Care in Canada.

Dr. Shannon brings over a decade of experience in community-based research, social epidemiology, population health intervention research, and policy evaluation. She is currently joint PI (with Dr. Charlotte Loppie at UViC) of the CIHR-funded Equitable Youth Sexual Health Project, PI of the Access to Responsive Justice Project, and co-lead of the Trauma-Informed Support Project (with Dr. Jill Chettiar), funded by Federal Ministry of Women and Gender Equality. She is founding PI of the long-standing NIH-funded AESHA project evaluating the impact of structural interventions, laws, and policies on sex workers’ safety, health, and human rights. She has worked for over a decade with TASO (The largest East African Indigenous-Led AIDS Support Organization) on Youth Sexual Health Project with conflict-affected migrant and refugee youth and young women in the Gulu District of Northern Uganda; and collaborated with the Physicians for Human Rights on gender inequities, laws, and sexual health in Swaziland and Botswana. 

She regularly acts as an expert consultant on women, HIV, and human rights guidelines, including WHO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, International AIDS Society, and the Global Commission on HIV and the Law.

Dr. Shannon has provided expert evidence to Justice, Senate, and House of Commons committees, Missing Women’s Commission Inquiry, and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Co-Principal Investigator Awards

Carmen Logie – International Visiting Research Scholars – 2019

Dr. Logie will work with her UBC collaborators on the following research activities:
a) examine new measures of intersectional stigma and structural (gender-based, state) violence, and innovative statistical modelling strategies;  b) develop innovative digital storytelling techniques for community stigma reduction strategies; c) examine gender, culture and place to advance health and social equality; and, d) understand the possibilities of intersectional sexual rights coalition building in Vancouver between sex workers, people who use drugs, abortion rights activists, and LGBTQ communities. Sexual rights include freedom from violence, discrimination, and coercion to realize sexual health; access to sexuality education; and bodily integrity and choice regarding sexual and reproductive practices.