Completed Research and Projects:
2018 — Drug use, arrests, policing, and imprisonment in Canada and BC, 2015–2016
In January 2018, I gave a presentation to the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) on Canadian drug arrests, administration of justice arrests, and prison statistics. As a result of VANDU’s interest, I created this report: Drug Use, Arrests, Policing, and Imprisonment in Canada and BC, 2015–2016. This report is intended to provide VANDU, as well as other drug user unions and activists, access to the same information and statistics that were provided in the presentation, and more.
Boyd, S. (2018, March 9). Drug use, arrests, policing, and imprisonment in Canada and BC, 2015–2016. Vancouver: Author.
This report is also available on the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition’s website:
2013 – 2014: “Women’s activism in a drug user union in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.”
Collaborative project with women in leadership roles at the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU). An ethnographic community-based qualitative and creative art project with lead researcher Dr. Jade Boyd.
2014: “Drug Prohibition, Addiction and the Regulation of Mothering.”
With support from the Centre for Gender, Social Inequalities and Mental Health (CGSM) at SFU, I organized an all day public forum: Challenging drug prohibition and the regulation of reproduction and mothering.
This project aimed to foster critical dialogue about the intersections of drug prohibition, crime/criminality, women, drugs, addiction, and the regulation of reproduction and mothering. The forum brought together international, national, and local academic and legal experts, program directors and service providers of innovative harm reduction maternity units, and outreach programs for women. The forum was held on May 17, 2014, at Simon Fraser University Downtown campus. The event was co-hosted and coordinated with the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition.
2011- 2012: “Addiction and Drug Crime: Radio Documentaries, 1920-1969”
The objectives of the “Addiction and Drug Crime: Radio Documentaries, 1920-1969” project was to build on an earlier CGSM seed grant project: “Media Representations on Madness, Addiction and Crime/Criminalization: A Preliminary, Intersectional Analysis of Documentary Films Used for Public Education in Canada.” That project created the foundation for a complimentary pilot project on addiction and drug crime radio documentaries.
The pilot project goals are:
- Conduct a systematic search and compile a chronological bibliography of radio shows about illegal drugs and addiction used for public education in Canada from 1920s to 1969
- Develop a literature review on radio educational/documentaries, time line, and investigate and track historical reports and discursive shifts in legislation and broadcasting;
- Listen to, transcribe and analyze the earliest CBC radio documentaries on the topic.
02/2008 to 2014: Educating Harper
In February 2008 I created and launched a one-year educational web-based project titled: educatingharper.com. The project was in response to punitive shifts in drug policy by the Harper-led federal government. The website included a summary of 52 weekly readings: journal articles, federal, provincial, and city reports, and documentaries on harm reduction and drug regulation. For one year, every Sunday, a weekly reading was also sent by mail to the Prime Minister. The purpose of the website was to provide easy access to concerned Canadians and the Prime Minister to well researched and peer-reviewed articles, reports, and documentaries on harm reduction and drug regulation. Following the one-year project, I continued to post new studies and reports until the website closed on December 30, 2014.
2007 – 2010: “Media, Methamphetamine and Marijuana Grow-op Project.”
This project examines national, provincial, and local print media, policy initiatives, and criminal and civil responses over a 12-year period in relation to discourses about methamphetamine and marijuana growing operations. This project was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
2005 – 2008: “Safer Crack Use in an Urban Crack Using Population.”
This project lead by Joy Johnson (UBC), with Susan Boyd, Jane Buxton and Jodie Loudfoot, was a community-based project conducted in conjunction with the Safer Crack Use Coalition of Vancouver. The study provides information about the feasibility and utilization of a specific harm reduction initiative (crack kits) among crack users in Vancouver. It was funded by the Health Canada, Drug Strategy Community Initiatives Fund, 2005.
2003 – 2006: “Drug Films, Justice, and Society Study.”
This project included a socio-historical inquiry into films, censorship and discourse in 120 films about illegal drugs, produced from 1912 to 2006 in Britain, Canada and U.S. Dr. Boyd’s analysis was situated against the backdrop of criminal justice and addiction narratives. This project was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the University of Victoria.
2000 – 2005: “Health and Home Research Project.”
This project directed by Dara Culhane (SFU) included an ethnographic study in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver bringing forward the voice of marginalized women to examine wider social factors that shape health and housing. This project was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Simon Fraser University.