Research Assistant (Visions of Policing)

Date: Nov 15, 2022

Location: Brantford, CA

Company: Wilfrid Laurier University

Department: Faculty of Human & Social Sciences 

Job Type: Limited Term

Full-time/Part-time: Part Time (>910 hrs/year) 

Campus: Brantford 

Reports to:  Principal Investigator (Patrick Watson)

Employee Group: Other 

Application Deadline:  

Requisition ID: 5084 


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Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well locations in Kitchener and Milton. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace, a flexible work policy and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.



Position Summary

Reporting to the Principal Investigator, the Research Assistant will be responsible for assisting Visions of Policing, a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada funded project partnered with scholars based in the United Kingdom, Germany and France to examine how visual technologies are impacting police oversight and training.

It is a mixed methods project, utilizing document ethnography, observational ethnography, ethnographic interviewing, social media analyses, and vernacular video analyses to better understand what constitutes a “reasonable” police officer. The successful candidate will join a team of established researchers with strong publication and funding records in the areas of policing and civilian police oversight. There will be opportunities for co-publication with project leads, and the project will support travel to venues to disseminate project findings






  • Undertake directed research in support of the Visions of Policing team
  • Collect and analyze data using the social media analytic software
  • Maintain database(s) of social media posts and news reportage
  • Collaborate with international partners to catalogue and synthesize research findings
  • Prepare research findings for scholarly publication with PI and Co-Is
  • Participate in research dissemination activities


Other duties


  • Conduct background readings, literature reviews, etc.
  • Network with scholars in the field and share research updates
  • Assist with document preparation including annual reports and ethics applications



  • Candidates must be enrolled in an MA program in a relevant discipline (i.e., sociology, anthropology, political science, criminology, etc.)
  • Familiarity with policing and police oversight in Canada
  • Excellent time management, organization, and communication skills
  • Writing and presentation skills
  • Excellent computer literacy (i.e., MS Windows and Office suite)




Pay rate: $25 per hour

Hours of Work:  10 hours per week



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