Hey folks! This is a friend of mine from my days in Victoria. If you're
interested in talking to a researcher about experiences as a woman, trans*
or queer mechanic, this is a cool opportunity.
My name is Courtenay Nielsen and I am a fourth-year undergraduate student
in the Department of Gender Studies at the University of Victoria. I am
also a woman and a bike mechanic; I work and volunteer in two community
bikes shops in Victoria. I am conducting research for my graduating
project which seeks to explore the experiences of women/trans/non-binary
bike mechanics working/volunteering in community bike shops in various
locations across Canada.
I would like to invite anybody who identifies as a
woman/trans/non-binary bike mechanic who is at least 19 years of age to
participate in my study.
In a nutshell, I would like to ask said mechanics about their experiences
navigating bike shops, about the reception they have received from
customers and co-workers, whether their bike shop hosts women and trans
exclusive hours, and what they notice about the demographics of the shop
(who are the customers? Who works there?).
Drawing on multiple, varied perspectives, I hope to identify barriers to
full participation in this field and to illuminate the creative strategies
already being employed by those currently participating in it.
Participation in this study will include an audio-recorded interview via
skype or telephone with me at a date/time that is most convenient for the
participant. I anticipate that the interview will last between 30 and 60
minutes. With the interviews I collect, I will be producing a radio
documentary which is to be broadcasted via Uvic’s on-campus radio station,
CFUV. If the participant so chooses, I will protect their anonymity
through the use of a pseudonym and the removal of all identifying
information. Or, if they do not want their voice on the radio, I am happy
to read aloud the parts of their interview to be included in the
documentary. Alternatively, if they do want their voice on the radio, this
is their chance!
F.Y.I: Dr. Annalee Lepp in the Department of Gender Studies is supervising
my project and you may contact her regarding any questions you may have
about the research at 250.721.6157 or at alepp(a)uvic.ca.
Any potential participants may contact me directly with their response at
Please do consider this invitation :) I would love to hear from you!