Dr. Porter taught at Manchester University before coming to Newfoundland in 1980. She is the author of Home, Work and Class Consciousness and the volume Place and Persistence. Many of her articles have been reprinted in various collections and textbooks. She has been the editor of two journals, Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal and the Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology. She is also a co-editor of five books. Dr. Porter coordinates the Feminist Journals Network, an international network of Women's Studies journals from 18 countries. She is a past President of two national associations, the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association as well as the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women. Her current projects include an interdisciplinary narrative study, Women's Experience of Reproductive Health in Pakistan and Indonesia: A Comparative Life Story Project and the research project Recent Immigrant Women in Newfoundland and Labrador: Problems and Perspectives. Dr. Porter is also a team member of two international projects Sustaining Coastal Fishing Communities in Tanzania, and Community-based Management of Aquatic Resources for Food and Income in Kenya. She is presently a University Research Professor.
Active Research Interests:
When Getting Back to Nature becomes a Social Problem: Outdoor Recreation and Social Movements at Jumbo Pass, BC and the Tobeatic Wilderness Area, NS.
Puffins, Kayaks and Oil Rigs: Shifting Modes of Society-Environment Interaction on the Newfoundland Coast.
Social Networks and Climate Change Discourse, and the Role of Environmental Movements in Climate Change Policy Networks: An International Comparison.
Canadian News Media and Climate Change Discourse Networks, 1997-2010.
Past Research Interests:
Making Meaning Out of Mountains: The Political Ecology of Skiing. Vancouver, UBC Press, 2012.http://www.ubcpress.ubc.ca/search/title_book.asp?BookID=299173555.
Wilderness or Working Forest? British Columbia Forest Policy Debate in the Vancouver Sun, 1991-2003.
Making Meaning Out of Mountains: Skiing, the Environment and Eco-Politics
Puffins, Kayaks and Oil Rigs: Shifting Modes of Society-Environment Interaction on the Newfoundland Coast
Taking Care of Pets: Institutional Policies, Perceptions and Practices Regarding Domestic Animal Welfare in Newfoundland and Labrador
Canadian News Media and Climate Change Discourse Networks, 1997-2010
Cultivating Tourism Mobility on the Burin Peninsula
The Intangible Impacts of Tourism: The Battle Harbour National Historic District as a Tourism Anchor
Regional Tourism Networks and Social-Environmental Wellbeing in Rural Coastal Communities
The Oil-Tourism Interface and Social-Ecological Change in the North Atlantic
Regionalizing the sustainable development goals: interpretations of priorities and key actors for creating sustainable island futures