Krahn, Harvey

Professor, Social Structure and Social Policy

PhD (Sociology), University of Alberta 

harvey.krahn@ualberta.ca
5-19 HM Tory Building
780.492.0472 phone
780.492.7196 fax


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Research Interests

Professor Krahn's research interests are in the sociology of work, the sociology of education, immigration, social inequality, environmental sociology, political sociology, and research methods. Most recently, his research projects have focused on school-work transitions, labour market restructuring, sustainable consumption, immigrant experiences in Canada, and mental health trajectories.


Selected Recent Publications

“Work values and beliefs of ‘Generation X’ and ‘Generation Y.’” (with N. Galambos). Journal of Youth Studies (forthcoming).

"Sustainable consumption and the importance of neighbourhood: a central city / suburb comparison.” (with E. Kennedy and N. Krogman). Canadian Journal of Sociology (forthcoming).

“Downshifting: an exploration of motivations, quality of life, and environmental practices.” (with E. Kennedy and N. Krogman). Sociological Forum (forthcoming).

“Living through our children: exploring the education and career ‘choices’ of racialized immigrant youth in Canada.” (with A. Taylor). Journal of Youth Studies (forthcoming).

“Egregious emitters: disproportionality in household carbon footprints.” (with E. Kennedy and N. Krogman). Environment & Behavior (forthcoming).

“Exploring or floundering?: the meaning of employment and educational fluctuations in emerging adulthood.” (with A. Howard and N. Galambos).Youth and Society (forthcoming).

"Work, Industry and Canadian Society" 6th ed. (with G.S. Lowe and K.D. Hughes). Toronto: Nelson Education Ltd. (2011)

"Health status of refugees in Alberta: changes since arrival." (with K. Maximova). Canadian Journal of Public Health (2010).

"Paths to success in young adulthood from mental health and life transitions in emerging adulthood." (with A. Howard and N. Galambos). International Journal of Behavioral Development (2010).


Selected Recent Grants/Awards 

Faculty of Arts Research Award (University of Alberta) (2012)

Canadian Sociological Association Outstanding Contributions Award (2009)

SSHRC Standard Research Grant; ($110,206) to study "Transition to adulthood" (with Nancy Galambos, Psychology, University of Alberta)

SSHRC Canadian Environmental Issues; $95,386 operating grant to study Reclaiming Consumption in Northern and Southern Urban Canada (2009 Co-applicant with PI Naomi Krogman, Rural Economy, University of Alberta)

Supervised Post-doctoral Fellows

Angela Chow (co-supervised with N. Galambos, Psychology), SSHRC Banting PDF, 2011-2013
Emily Huddart-Kennedy (Co-supervised with Naomi Krogman, REES), SSHRC grant-funded PDF, 2010-2012

Supervised Graduate Students

Jasmine Thomas, PhD Candidate
Irfan Chaudry, PhD Specialization
Marcella Cassiano, PhD Specialization
Chad Doerksen, MA Student



Recent Graduates

Jacey Payne, MA 2013
Lindsay Wodinski, MA 2011
Rachel Campbell, PhD 2010
Abu Sadat Nurullah, MA 2010