Lukas Labacher

Lukas Labacher is in his final year of doctoral studies at the School of Social Work in the Joint PhD Program in Social Work/Social Policy, and a recent Master of Arts graduate from the Faculty of Education at McGill University. As a recipient of a FRQSC Graduate Research Award from the Province of Quebec, his doctoral studies are being co-supervised by Dr. Myriam Denov, James McGill Professor at the School of Social Work, and Dr. Claudia Mitchell, James McGill Professor at the Faculty of Education. Alongside his academic studies, Lukas is working as a grants and ethics writer and publications editor at the Participatory Cultures Laboratory.

Beginning from his undergraduate studies at The University of Western Ontario (Honours Psychology) on condom self-efficacy, and continuing onwards from his Master’s (Education) work exploring how students in South Africa and Canada use mobile phones and other digital tools to facilitate discussions around HIV and AIDS, Lukas is focusing his doctoral studies learning how digital technologies can be used to interrupt sexual violence in and around public transport spaces and outdoor concert venues in Montreal.

Policy Reports

Dixon, S., Baldo, B., & Labacher, L. (March, 2017). Cyberviolence Prevention Policy and Best Practices; Cost-Benefit Analysis. Funded by Status of Women Canada, prepared for stakeholders at The Atwater Library and Computer Centre. Link to Policy Report

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Communication Science Digest. (January 2014). Health Research Directive. Vol 5(1).

Book Chapters

Labacher, L. (2016). The Evolution of the Cellphone as Camera. In K. MacEntee, C. Burkholder, & J. Schwab (Eds.), What is a Cellphilm? Integrating mobile phone technology into participatory arts-based research and activism (pp. 171-181). Rotterdam, NL: Sense Publishers. Link to Chapter

Labacher, L., De Lange, N., Mitchell, C., Moletsane, R., & Geldenhys, M. (2012). What can a visual researcher do with a storyboard? In E-J Milne, C. Mitchell, & N. De Lange (Eds.), The handbook of participatory video (pp. 149-163). Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press. Link to Chapter

Peer-Reviewed Journals

Labacher, L., & Mitchell, C. (2013). Talk or text to tell? How young adults in Canada and South Africa prefer to receive STI results, counseling, and treatment updates in a wireless world. Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives, 1-12. Available at:

MacEntee, K., Labacher, L., & Murray, J. (2011). Girls Use Digital Photography to Speak out about Sexuality and HIV. Girlhood Studies, 4(1), 156-167. Available at:

Selected Conference Presentations

Labacher, L. (July. 2016). What role can digital technologies play as persuasive messages in preventing sexual violence against girls and women in public spaces (trains, metros, buses)? Work in Progress Presented Paper. Social Media & Society, London, UK. July 11-13.

Labacher, L. (June, 2016). From Sontag to Samsung: The Evolution of the Cell phone as Film and Video Camera. Presented Paper. Canadian Peace Research Association at Congress 2016, Calgary, Alberta, 1-3 June

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