Krista Robson Ph.D.


Humanities & Social Sciences

Office:  Room 3109
Phone: 403.314.2499
Email:  krista [dot] robson [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

Dr. Krista Robson teaches Sociology at Red Deer College. She teaches in the area of criminology, aging, gender and offers Community Service-Learning opportunities for students in all these courses. She has worked on different community-based, collaborative research projects in recent years; topics have included - HIV/AIDS in Aboriginal Communities, Immigrant Women’s Economic Security and Ethics & Research with Aboriginal Communities.


Ph.D. Sociology, Queen’s University
M.A. Criminology, Simon Fraser University
B.A. Criminology, Simon Fraser University

Main Areas of Teaching: 

Aging, Canadian Women’s Movement, Criminology, Gender & Sexuality, Qualitative Research Methods, Sociology of Law, Work.

Scholarly Activity: 

Publications & Conference Presentations:

  • Robson, K. 2018. PANEL MEMBER. "Incorporating Indigenous Ways of Knowing into Applied Research". Panel created by CICan for the Canadian Science Policy Conference. Ottawa, November 2018
  • Robson, K., M. Edwards Thomson, V. Cardinal-Widmark, L. Desjarlais. 2018. "The Academic Librarian’s Role in Supporting Indigenous Research." CONFERENCE PRESENTATION. Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians. University of Regina, May 2018
  • Robson, K., M. Edwards Thomson, V. Cardinal-Widmark, L. Desjarlais. 2018. "Walking Together: Recognizing and Overcoming Institutional Barriers to OCAP ®." CONFERENCE PRESENTATION. Colleges and Institutes Canada. Victoria, BC, April 2018.
  • Robson, K., M. Edwards Thomson, V. Cardinal-Widmark, L. Desjarlais. 2017. "Walking Together: Applying OCAP® to College Research in Central Alberta." PROJECT REPORT. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  
  • Robson, K. and M. Van Bavel. 2016 “Engaging Sociological Imaginations: Community-Service Learning and Student Engagement in Collaborative Community-Based Research”  CONFERENCE PRESENTATION. Canadian Association of Community Service Learning: Impact for Sustainability. Mount Royal University May 2016.
  • Robson, K., M. Edwards Thomson, and D. Quirk. 2015 “When Ethics and SoTL Meet: Creating an Ethics-Friendly Research Community.” CONFERENCE PRESENTATION. Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Mount Royal University / Banff, AB, November 2015. 
  • Robson, K. and C. Chai. 2015 “Engaging Sociological Imaginations through Community Partnerships: An RDC Experience.” CONFERENCE PRESENTATION. Dalhousie Conference on University Teaching and Learning: The Significance of Community Engagement for Student Learning. Dalhousie University, April 2015.
  • CAIWA, C. Chai and K. Robson. 2014. “Economic Security of Immigrant Women: A Gender Based Analysis.”  PROJECT REPORT. Submitted to Status of Women Canada.
  • Joudrey, R., and Robson, K. 2010. “Practicing Medicine in Two Countries: South African Physicians in Canada.” Sociology of Health & Illness,  vol.32, issue 4, pp. 528–544
  • Robson, K. 2010. “Good, Responsible Parenting: Child Support Guidelines in an Era of Neo-Liberalism.” Canadian Journal of Law & Society, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 129-148.
  • Robson, K. 2008. “‘Wrapped in the Flag of the Child’: Divorced Parents’ Perceptions of and Experiences with the Federal Child Support Guidelines.” Canadian Journal of Family Law, vol. 24, pp.285-319.
  • Robson, K. 2005. “‘Canada’s Most Notorious Bad Mother’: The Newspaper Coverage of the Jordan Heikamp Inquest.” Canadian Review of Sociology & Anthropology, vol. 42, no. 2, pp.217-232.
  • Robson, K. 2010. “‘Who Failed Ms. Rogers?’: Reaction to the Death of One Ontario Welfare Cheat.  Atlantis: A Woman Studies Journal, September: Online only.
  • Robson, K. 2010. “Unfair Guidelines: A Gendered Analysis of the Federal Child Support Guidelines.”  Journal of the Association of Research on Mothering, vol.6, no.1. pp.93-108

Professional / Red Deer College Leadership:
Chair, Research Ethics Board

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Knowledge Synthesis Grant.  
Nov 2016 - December 2017
“Applying OCAP ® to college research in Central Alberta: What do we know?” Co-Applicant with Michelle Edwards Thomson, Vickie Cardinal-Widmark

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Community and College Social Innovation Grant.  June 2015-June 2018
“Making Life Easier: A Participatory Assessment of Programs and Services for Immigrant Women in Central Alberta.” Co-Applicant with Dr. Choon-Lee Chai

Recognition of Scholarly Activity. Red Deer College.  2014
Recognition for contribution to Women’s Economic Security project, collaboration with Central Alberta Immigrant Women’s Association. Co-recipient with Dr. Choon-Lee Chai

Award of Excellence. Red Deer College.  2013
Recognition for contribution to learning and support of community involvement through integration of Community Service-Learning in Sociology courses.

Recognition of Scholarly Activity. Red Deer College.  2012
Recognition for implementation of Community Service - Learning opportunities in Sociology courses.