Carla Rice is the Canada Research Chair in Feminist Studies and Social Practice and a Full Professor in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph. As founder of Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice and the Revisioning Differences Media Arts Laboratory (REDLAB), Carla seeks to explore the efficacy and power of arts-informed research and research creation methods to advance social well-being, inclusion, equity, and justice in Canada and beyond.
A leader in the field of body image/embodiment studies in Canada and internationally both prior to and since moving into academia, Carla is a founding member and former director of initiatives including Canada’s National Eating Disorder Information Centre, the internationally acknowledged Eating Disorder Awareness Week and the Body Image Project at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto.
Carla currently directs nine research programs and co-investigates eight initiatives, representing over $8 million, 180+ researchers, 40 Canadian and five international universities. In the role as Principal Investigator, she was most recently awarded a SSHRC Partnership Grant totaling $2.5M (with matching funds of $3.5M) and involving 50+ organizations as well as an Insight Grant of $299,000 involving 9 community/ academic partners. Her Partnership Grant was ranked 1st nationally, with the panel noting that the “project provides an enormously significant, comprehensive, well-researched, unconventional, paradigm-changing framework with the potential to substantially shift the dominant discourse around disability arts and activism as well as to provide a solid platform for multiple forms of research-creation and substantial opportunities for high-quality training and pedagogical development.”
Scholarly/Artistic Outputs and Impacts
Articles in peer-reviewed journals
Books and book chapters
Research and pedagogical products such as video, tools, and master classes
Women’s Health Xchange,
Awards, prizes, recognitions for research, teaching, advocacy and service
Conference presentations, guest lectures and workshops
Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Feminist Studies and Social Practice
Research award chair tenable for seven years and renewable once, are for outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields. University of Guelph, 2021-2028.
Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation
Co-recipient for Into the Light: Eugenics and Education in Southern Ontario, an exhibition that brings the histories and experiences of eugenics to light. The exhibition has preserved and protected the stories of survivors of eugenic practices. February 2020
Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Care, Gender, and Relationships
Research award chair tenable for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. University of Guelph, 2011-2021.
Outstanding International Researcher Prize, British Psychological Society Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section
Awarded to a researcher not based in the UK who has done something exceptional with qualitative methods, moving qualitative methods forward internationally in exciting new ways. June 2019
Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists
Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership. The Members of the College are scholars who have demonstrated a high level of achievement. November 2017
College of Social and Applied Human Sciences Faculty Teaching Award
Students initiated the nomination for this award for Carla’s innovation of a graduate interdisciplinary theory course “Becomings: Emerging Directions and Critical Dialogues in Gender, Sexuality and Human Development”. University of Guelph, 2014-2015.
Feminist Mentorship Award
Individuals nominated for this award are considered not only leaders in their field, but exceptional mentors to future leaders in the field, The Canadian Psychological Association’s Section for Women and Psychology (SWAP), 2013-2014.
Research Impacting Systems and Institutions
Transforming Professional Care Encounters: Advancing Health, Well-being, and Equity
Decolonizing Educational Relationships and Institutions: Mobilizing Indigenous Cultural Voice
Activating Feminist and Disability Creative Research Practices: Accessibility, Connectivity, Futurity