Hurd, Laura

Professor, School of Kinesiology | Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs, Faculty of Education


Phone: 604 827 0356

Lab Website: Dr. Laura Hurd’s Research Group

Office: Neville Scarf Building – Office Block, Room 2607 | 2125 Main Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4

Publications: Google Scholar


McMaster University, 2000, PhD, (Sociology)

Wilfrid Laurier University, 1994, MSW, (Social Work)

Queen’s University, 1992, BA, (Sociology)

Courses Taught

KIN 261 Health, Policy and Society

KIN 425 Aging, Health and the Body

KIN 500 Aging, Health and Physical Activity: Socio-cultural Perspectives

Research Area


See Google Scholar for an up-to-date list of publications.

Research and Teaching

My SSHRC and CIHR funded research examines how older adults’ perceptions and experiences of their aging bodies are influenced by age, gender, and health norms. In particular, my work has considered the impact of ageism, ableism, gender ideals, healthism, heterosexism, and social class on older women’s beauty and weight management practices, older men’s engagement in physical activity, older adults’ perceptions of and responses to masculinity and femininity ideals, the self-care and health promotion practices of older adults, older adults’ use of technologies such as power wheelchairs and scooters, sexuality and body image in later life, and media representations of aging.