Dr. Andrea Krüsi (she/her) is a research scientist and Research Education Lead at the Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity as well as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Krüsi’s work focuses broadly on the criminalization of sexuality, with a particular focus on how intersecting social and structural contexts such as laws and policies shape the health, safety and wellbeing of marginalized cis and trans women.
She leads the qualitative and arts-based component of the AESHA Project, a community-based participatory research project focused on evaluating the impact of evolving legislative frameworks and criminal sanctions on the health and wellbeing of marginalized women. The aim is to document the intersecting gendered lived-experiences of evolving legislative frameworks, like the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act and the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, on health and social inequities among marginalized women. The research also characterizes trajectories of incarceration and community reintegration of women living with or affected by HIV to identify factors that influence access to social supports and HIV prevention and care during and after incarceration. This work is guided by a peer advisory board, as well as longstanding collaborations with a wide variety of community organizations including Sex Workers United Against Violence, Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, YouthCo, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Pivot Legal Society. Dr. Krüsi’s research is supported by operating funds from the Vancouver Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research as well as through a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar award.
Using qualitative and ethnographic methods, Dr. Krüsi’s doctoral research focused on how prohibitive sex work laws, evolving policing strategies and sex work related stigma shape experiences of violence and poor health among street-based sex workers in Metro Vancouver. This work garnered significant attention from policy makers and media outlets and was cited several times during the 2013 Supreme Court of Canada hearings regarding the constitutionality of Canada’s sex work laws and was referred to repeatedly in the hearings of the Parliamentary Justice committee and the Senate committee regarding the reform of Canadian prostitution laws in 2014. She is @andreakrusi on Twitter.