Lukas Labacher

12235109_10102440983491891_8772031991821409731_nLukas Labacher is a fourth year doctoral student 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 FQRSC 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 proposal writer at the Participatory Cultures Laboratory and Project Coordinator of The McGill Institute for Human Development and Well-Being (IHDW).

Stemming from his undergraduate work beginning at The University of Western Ontario (B.A., Honours Psychology), Lukas’ passion is studying how people can influence each other through innovative digital technologies. Continuing onwards from his master’s research (M.A., Education) studying how students use mobile phones in South Africa and Canada to facilitate discussions around HIV and AIDS, Lukas is focusing his doctoral studies on learning how cell phones and persuasive technology platforms can be used to prevent sexual violence in metros, trains, and buses in Canada.

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.

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.

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 Paper. Social Media & Society, London, UK. July 11-13.

Labacher, L. (May, 2015). Preventing the bystander effect: Is there an inverse relation between mobile phone intimacy and real-world empathy? Oral Presentation. Status of Women Canada Community Symposium on Eliminating Cyberviolence Directed at Girls and Young Women, Montreal, Quebec, 2 May

Murray, J., & Labacher, L. (July, 2014). YAHAnet: Arts + Social Media for Stronger Communities. AIDS 2014: The 20th International AIDS Conference, Melbourne, Australia. 20-25 July (Accepted but could not attend).

Mitchell, C., Murray, J., & Labacher, L.  (September, 2013). Girls and their social media practices: Critical readings on sexual health and policy making from the ground up. Presented Paper. International Social Media and Society Conference, Halifax, NS. 14-15 September

Cited in Media Sources

Health Communication Science Digest. (2014). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,, 5(1), 13.

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