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Stephanie Premji

Stephanie Premji

Stephanie Premji

Assistant Professor

Department of Health, Aging & Society

School of Labour Studies


  • Kenneth Taylor Hall, Room 701
    1280 Main Street West
    Hamilton , ON L8S 4M4
  • 905.525.9140 x21448



Stephanie Premji is interested in identifying and explaining inequities by racialized, immigrant or linguistic minority status in occupational health and in access to workers’ compensation. She is particularly concerned with the mechanisms at play in creating or amplifying those inequities. She is currently researching linguistic minorities’ access to workers’ compensation, as well as the impact on health of professional deskilling among precariously employed racialized women. Her educational background is varied and includes human geography, anthropology, environmental sciences and epidemiology. Whenever possible she conducts mixed-methods, interdisciplinary research in collaboration with community organizations. Stephanie’s research usually incorporates a gender-based perspective. She has written the guidance for incorporating gender in healthy workplace initiatives for the World Health Organization. She has also participated in various educational and political initiatives to promote immigrant workers’ health and is interested in developing avenues for action.





Premji, S. In press. Mechanisms of inequalities in health and safety: conceptual model and research agenda. PISTES (Perspectives Interdisciplinaires sur le Travail et la Santé).

Premji, S., Lewchuk W. 2013. Racialized and gendered disparities in occupational exposures among Chinese and white workers in Toronto, Canada. Ethnicity & Health. Published online October 23.

Premji, S. Smith, P. 2013. Education-to-job mismatch and the risk of work injury. Injury Prevention, 19(2): 106-111 **Paper selected for press release by BMJ** 

Premji, S. Etowa J. 2012. Workforce utilization of visible and linguistic minorities in Canadian nursing. Journal of Nursing Management. Epub ahead of print.

Hanley, J., Premji, S., Messing, K., Lippel, K. 2010. Action research for the health and safety of domestic workers in Montreal: using numbers to tell stories and effect change. New Solutions, 20: 421-439.

Premji, S. Krause, N. 2010. Disparities by ethnicity, language and immigrant status in occupational health experiences among Las Vegas hotel room cleaners. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 53: 960-975.  

Premji, S. Duguay, P. Messing, K., Lippel, K. 2010. Are immigrants, ethnic and linguistic minorities over-represented in jobs with a high level of compensated risk? Results from a Montréal, Canada study using census and workers’ compensation data. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 53: 875-885. 

Premji, S., Lippel, K., Messing, K. (2008) “On travaille à la seconde!” Rémunération à la pièce et santé et sécurité du travail dans une perspective qui tient compte de l’ethnicité et du genre (“We work by the second!” Piecework remuneration and occupational health and safety from an ethnicity- and gender-sensitive perspective). PISTES, 10(1)

Premji, S., Messing, K., Lippel, K. (2008) Would a “one-handed” scientist lack rigor? How scientists discuss the work-relatedness of musculoskeletal disorders in formal and  informal communications. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 51(3), 173-185. 

Messing, K., Premji, S., Lippel, K. (2008).  But “two-handed" scientists are using only one hand now”. (Letter)  American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 51(10), 797-798.

Premji, S., Messing, K., Lippel, K. (2008). Broken English, broken bones? Mechanisms linking language proficiency and occupational health in a Montreal garment factory. International Journal of Health Services, 38(1), 1-19. 

Premji, S., Bertrand, F., Smargiassi, A., Daniel, M. (2007). Socio-economic correlates of municipal level pollution emissions on Montreal Island. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 98(2), 138-42.

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