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Dr. Manca earned her PhD in sociology from the University of Alberta and completed two postdoctoral fellowships at Dalhousie University. She conducts qualitative atudies and collaborates on interdisciplinary and multiple method studies. Her expertise in qualitative methods includes narrative analysis, discourse analysis, and consensus-based research methods among others. Dr. Manca is interested in supervising graduate students with an interest in vaccination, health decision-making, gender and health, parenting and caregiving, risk theory, intersectionality, social and health equity, and/or qualitative research methods.

Research Interests

Dr. Terra Manca is a sociologist who applies qualitative methodologies and contributes to mixed methods studies about vaccine regulation, social governance, and social inequities related to health policy. Her research about vaccination in pregnancy focuses on evidentiary gaps from pharmaceutical regulation and social governance around health risk decision-making. As part of large interdisciplinary research teams, she researches intersecting inequities in personal responsibility, access, and acceptance of recommended vaccines. She also leads sociological research into how pandemic health policies created additional caregiving and parenting responsibilities that were unevenly distributed across genders and intersecting social locations.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, (University of Alberta)

… → 2017

M.A, (University of Alberta)

… → 2009

B.A. Hons, (University of Alberta)

… → 2007

External positions

Adjunct (Faculty of Graduate Studies) in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University

1 Sep. 202225 Jun. 2025


  • HM Sociology
  • Risk
  • Uncertainty
  • Intersectionality
  • Gender
  • Caregiving
  • Parenting
  • Health
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • Vaccination
  • Vaccine regulation


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