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Jacqueline Kennelly - Carleton University. Ottawa, ON, CA

Jacqueline Kennelly

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology | Carleton University

Ottawa, ON, CANADA

Professor Kennelly's work encompasses youth cultural studies, critical educational studies, urban sociology, and social movements



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My research touches on youth cultures, citizenship, democracy, social inclusion and exclusion, globalization, neoliberalism, social movements, urban sociology, and education. I have expertise on homelessness, the urban impacts of mega-events, youth civic engagement, and gender. My research is qualitative, involving traditional (e.g. interviewing, focus groups, participant-observation) and non-traditional (e.g. visual methods, spatial methods, film-making) methods.

My current research focus is on the experiences of homeless young people with civic engagement, and the supports they need to successfully transition out of homelessness. I have recently completed a Spencer Foundation New Civics Initiative grant that explores the civic engagement experiences of homeless youth in Ottawa, and I am currently working in collaboration with the Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa and A Way Home Ottawa on a Mitacs-Accelerate funded research project examining the best ways to end youth homelessness in Ottawa.

Before starting my faculty position at Carleton University, I completed a SSHRC-funded post-doctoral fellowship with the University of Cambridge, where I studied the impacts of the Vancouver (2010) and London (2012) Olympics on low-income young people. I continued that research with the support of a SSHRC Standard Research Grant, and have just published a book on the entirety of the study, entitled Olympic Exclusions: Youth, Poverty and Social Legacies (Routledge, 2016).

Previous research includes an ethnography of youth activist communities in Canada, published in 2011 by Palgrave-MacMillan in a book entitled Citizen Youth: culture, activism, and agency in a neoliberal era; and (with Jo-Anne Dillabough) an ethnographic investigation of urban low-income young people’s subcultural responses to education and welfare retrenchment, ghettoization of the urban poor, and emergent forms of youth citizenship. Findings from that study were published as a book, entitled Lost youth in the global city: class, culture, and the urban imaginary (Routledge, 2010).

Areas of Expertise (10)

Youth Cultures



Social Inclusion and Exclusion

Globalization and Neoliberalism

Social Movements

Urban Sociology




Education (1)

University of British Columbia: Ph.D., Education 2008

Media Appearances (4)

CTV Morning Live : Olympic Exclusions

CTV News Ottawa  


Featured on CTV Morning Live.

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Ottawa professor pens book linking Olympics and marginalized youth

Ottawa Citizen  


In her newly released academic book Olympic Exclusions: Youth, Poverty and Social Legacies, Carleton University sociology professor Jacqueline Kennelly studies the realities of marginalized youth living in Vancouver and London, which hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics respectively...

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Olympics Sidelines Youth

The Dominion  


The Winter Olympics have come and gone, and Vancouver is left to take stock of the lasting effects of having hosted this global mega-sporting event. As decisions are made about the fate of social housing in the Athlete’s Village, and as the last of the Red Tents are taken down, Vancouver might consider what the Olympics has meant for one of its most marginalized populations—homeless and street-involved youth...

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Advocate or Activist: What is the best way to effect change? Share

Alumbi UBC  

From debates and lobbyists to boycotts and protesters, political action takes many forms. Is there a time and place for righteous indignation? Or is it more effective to engage in dialogue with those we oppose? Join fellow alumni, donors and friends and UBC President, Professor Stephen Toope as he moderates a panel of UBC and community experts who will explore the best way to bring about societal and political change.

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Research Grants (3)

Encountering democracy: low income Canadian youths’ perspectives on citizenship and democratic processes

Spencer Foundation $39,823 over 2 years.

Principal Investigator, 2014 to 2016

Olympic Games, urban change, and youth cultures: investigating Olympic impacts on low-income young people in Vancouver and London

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Standard Research Grant. 

Principal Investigator, 2010 to 2013.

Learning about inequality in Canada, the United States and Mexico

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Grant 

Westheimer, Joel and John Rogers (Principal Investigators), with Larry Cuban, Michelle Fine, Patricia Gandara, Henry Giroux, Jacqueline Kennelly and Rashmita Mistry (Collaborators).

Partnerships (3)


Research and Evaluation Working Group Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa

Dr. Kennelly co-chairs the Research and Evaluation Working Group of the Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa.

Steering Committee Member

Steering Committee A Way Home Ottawa

Dr. Kennelly is a founding steering committee member of A Way Home Ottawa, a collaborative cross-sectoral initiative to end youth homelessness in the National Capital Region.

Advisory Committee Member

Advisory Committee Next Up Ottawa

Dr. Kennelly is on the Advisory Committee of Next Up Ottawa, a progressive youth leadership initiative that has chapters across Canada.

Articles (10)

This is the view when I walk into my house’: accounting phenomenologically for the efficacy of spatial methods with youth


In press, 2016

Symbolic violence and the Olympic Games: low-income youth, social legacy commitments, and urban exclusion in Olympic host cities

Journal of Youth Studies

In press, 2016

‘You’re making our city look bad’: Olympic security, neoliberal urbanization and homeless youth



‘It’s this pain in my heart that won’t let me stop’: Gendered reflexivity, webs of relations, and young women’s activism

Feminist Theory


Restricting the public in public space: the London 2012 Olympic Games, hyper-securitization and marginalized youth

Sociological Research Online


Seeing Olympic effects through the eyes of marginally housed youth: changing places and the gentrification of east London

Visual Studies


Policing young people as citizens-in-waiting: legitimacy, spatiality, and governance

British Journal of Criminology


Sanitizing public space in Olympic host cities: the spatial experiences of marginalized youth in Vancouver (2010) and London (2012)


In press, 2011

Educating for active compliance: discursive constructions in citizenship education

Citizenship Studies

In press, 2011

Learning to protest: youth activist cultural politics in contemporary urban Canada

Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies