Laura Hurd


Office Address:
Auditorium Annex, Room 156C
1924 West Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2


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

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.


Potential Students

Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree or post-doctoral fellowship are encouraged to contact me at the email address listed above.