Kowal S, Jardine C, Bubela T. Transition, Trauma, and Information: Immigrant Women’s Relationship with Immunization Risk Communication, Society of Risk Analysis Annual General Meeting Baltimore, Maryland, December 9-12, 2013.

Kowal S, Jardine C, Bubela T. “If I have the recommendation from a doctor, I would take it and if there is none, I won’t.”: Immigrant women’s perspectives of vaccine risk communication in Edmonton Alberta, Women and Children’s Health Research Institute Research Day, Edmonton, Alberta, November 6, 2013.

Kowal S, Jardine C, Bubela T. Immunization Risk Communication for New Immigrant Women in Edmonton, Academic Women’s Association Fall Social and Bente Roed Award Recipient Presentation, Edmonton, Alberta, October 10, 2013,   [Invited Presenter as the Bente Roed Award Winner]

Kowal S.  Immigrant Women’s Relationship with Immunization Risk Communication: Addressing Inequity in Health Information Delivery., Campus Alberta Student Conference on Health, Banff, Alberta, September 6-7, 2013,.

Kowal S. Stories of Change Panel – Tips for Students to Win Grant Money, University of Alberta School of Public Health 2013 Orientation, Edmonton, Alberta, September 3, 2013. [Invited Panelist]

Kowal S. Ethnically Diverse Perspectives of Child Bodies in Relation to Immunization Uptake: Empirical Evidence from Various Immigrant Populations in Edmonton, Alberta., University of British Columbia-Okanagan, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies Graduate Conference: Renewing/Reknowing the Body, Kelowna, British Columbia, May 3-5, 2013, .

Kowal S. Jardine C, Bubela T. Threatening Virus or a More Threatening Response?: Pregnant Women’s Vaccination Decision Making Processes during H1N1, University of Alberta, School of Public Health, INSIGHTS ’12, Edmonton, Alberta, November 14, 2012, . [Winner Best MSc Oral Presentation Prize – $100 Award to S Kowal]

Kowal S, Jardine C, Bubela T. Pregnant Women’s Decision Making Processes during the H1N1 Pandemic: Perspectives of a Threatening Virus and a Risky Response, Society of Risk Analysis Annual General Meeting, San Francisco, California, December 9−12, 2012.

Kowal S, Jardine C, Bubela T. Assessing Vaccination Risk Communication Needs for Pregnant Immigrant Mothers in Alberta, Canada, Society of Risk Assessment Annual General Meeting, San Francisco, California December 9−12, 2012.

Kowal S, Jardine C, Bubela T. Help Us Decide, or Leave Us Alone: Pregnant Women’s Perspectives on Pandemic H1N1 Vaccination Communications, Advancing Excellence in Gender, Sex and Health Research Conference, Montreal Quebec, October 29−31, 2012.

Kowal S. Your Kids, Our Future: Gendered Blame and Varying Parental Perspectives of Childhood Immunization. Political Science Graduate Students’ Association Sixth Annual Research Days, Edmonton, Alberta, May 5, 2012.

Kowal S. The Right to Bottle−Feed versus the Right to Life, University of Victoria Undergraduates of Political Science Student Publication Showcase, Victoria, British Columbia, March 10, 2010. [Invited Presenter]


Kowal S, Jardine C, Bubela T. Immunization Risk Communication for New Immigrant Women in Edmonton, National Forum on Public Health Education and Research, Edmonton Alberta. November 13, 2013.

Jardine C. Bubela T, Lechelt L, Kowal S. H1N1 Health Communication Strategies for Pregnant Women in Alberta, Canada, CIHR−Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health Scientific Forum: Promoting the Health and Well−being of Children and Youth, Edmonton, Alberta, October 15 2012.

Jardine C, Bubela T, Lechelt L, Kowal S. H1N1 Health Risk Communication for Pregnant Women in Alberta, Canada. Health Literacy and Northern Women’s Health, International Congress on Circumpolar Health, Fairbanks Alaska, August 5−10 2012.

Kowal S. One Step to Beginning a Masters Level Community−Based Research Project, Community University Engagement Showcase IV: Celebrating 100 Years of Engaged Research, Edmonton, Alberta, May 25, 2012.

Kowal, S. Vaccine Knowledge Translation for Pregnant Women and Mothers in Immigrant Populations, Alberta Graduate Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, May 3, 2012.

Funamoto A, Jericha A, Kowal S, Roger K. Learning to Write a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU): Students’ experiences of creating a community−based research and evaluation partnership, The 5th Annual G. M. Dunlop Educational Psychology Graduate Student Colloquium, Edmonton, Alberta, March 9, 2012.

Kowal S, Sookraj J, Slone J, Health E−Connections, Healthy Campus Symposium, Edmonton, Alberta, November 19, 2011.

Impact: The team has since continued to liaise with campus mental health initiatives, the Health Promotion and Work Life Services office, and the International Student Office to implement and launch our network proposal.


Kowal S. “Your Kids, Our Future: Diverging Perspectives of Parents and Society on the Child Body, Obesity and Responsibility” Health Science Inquiry, 2012.  3:1.

Kowal S. “Property Rights and the Colonial Vision: The Influence of Locke and Hobbes on British Columbian Land Title” On Politics, 2010. 4:1 (Spring), 26−41.

Kowal S. “The Right to Bottle Feed versus the Right to Life: Lessons Learned from the Prevention of Mother−to−Child Pilot Programme in South Africa” On Politics, 2009. 3:2 (Fall), 55−77.


Kowal S. “Opening the Potential for Women in Politics” Edmonton Social Planning Council – fACTivist (Summer), 12-13, 2013.

Kowal S. 2013. “Alberta’s Call for Collaboration in Mental Health Capacity Building” Health Science Inquiry, 2013. 4:1.


2010: Columbia-Shuswap Regional District “Recovering Resources, Re−Enforcing Community”

Role: Informed social dimensions of triple−bottom line goals of waste management in Columbia−Shuswap Regional District in Interior British Columbia.

Impact: Some of the recommendations in this paper helped form Phase II of the current waste management plan (2015).

2010: University of Victoria, School of Environmental Studies “Urban Metabolism and Sustainability at UVic: Closing the Loop”

Role: Informed the University of Victoria, School of Environmental Studies on the political, social, and educational factors involved in the development of an activist oriented undergraduate course.

Impact: The school used the paper to develop the course ES 462: Environmental Protection.