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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
October 20, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Lea Caragata

Associate Dean PhD Program, Professor (Faculty of Social Work); Academic Integrity Advisor (Waterloo Campus)

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-1970 ext.5219
Fax: 519 888 9732
Office Location: FSW-306
Office Hours: vary by term
Languages Spoken


Academic Background


1997 PhD University of Toronto

Faculty of Social Work

Thesis: "Civil Society as Shadowland: Mediations among Structure Agency and Space"


1985 McMaster University

Master of Arts, Social Welfare Policy


1975 University of Regina

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology


Dr. Caragata teaches in the areas social policy and community development. Her doctoral teaching includes epistemology and the production of knowledge.

Areas of research and specialization include marginalization and oppression, most recently focussed on labour market changes and welfare state retrenchment.

Dr. Caragata's academic work follows extensive practice experience including grassroots community organizing, social housing development, public policy coordination and public administration.

Dr Caragata has been the Principal Investigator on a Community University Research Alliances (CURA) project "Lone Mother's: Building Social Inclusion" which has been funded by SSHRC. See below and the attached link for further project information. Headline

Lea's most recent SSHRC funded research examines resilience in low income lone mothers and explores individual, familial, community and structural factors that mediate risk and adversity.