“I’m very honoured to receive this award [...] I’m grateful for the support I received from my supervisors, professors, associates, and also GEM [groupe d’entraide mutuelle] with whom I conducted my survey.”

Sara Painter
PhD Urban Studies, 2019

Centre Urbanisation Culture Société | Supervisors: Raymonde Séchet and Anne-Marie Séguin

Sara’s research centred on a group that is often overlooked and excluded: aging people with mental health issues. She hopes her work will shine a spotlight on the exclusion processes this group faces and improve our understanding of how government-funded programs such as GEM can help improve their living conditions.

She is currently evaluating an experimental professional integration program aimed at helping people with autism find jobs in France. Going forward, Sara hopes to continue working with partner institutions and associations to conduct socially relevant studies.