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Isolde Daiski

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIsolde Daiski – BScN 1989, MEd 1994, EdD in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, 2001. My dissertation was an ethnographic study on the impact of healthcare restructuring on nurses’ work and the quality of healthcare in hospitals in the 1990s. I worked as a hospital staff nurse in emergency and critical care for nearly 20 years, full and part-time, before starting a teaching career in 1990 at Ryerson University. Currently I am an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, where I began to work in 2001. I am a qualitative researcher who focuses on marginalized populations, particularly those experiencing homelessness and poverty, their impacts on health, and the implications for policy development. I was a co-investigator in a SSHRC funded investigation of the Social Determinants of the Incidence and Management of Type 2 Diabetes among Vulnerable Populations (PI Dennis Raphael). My latest research with an interdisciplinary team, in collaboration with local community agencies such as drop-in centres and a food bank, investigated the lived experience of being homeless in the Region of Peel. The findings were disseminated through an educational video, a published research paper in the Journal of Studies in Social Justice, an invited book chapter forthcoming, June, 2014, and several presentations to date. My interests lie particularly in policy development regarding socio-ecological environments including sustainable healthcare, health promotion and quality of life.