Dr Maria Costanza Torri

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PhD (Paris1-Pantheon-Sorbonne), MA (IAMM-CHEAM), BA (University of Ancona, Italy)

Dr. Maria Costanza Torri is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick. Following her degree in Economics at Ancona University (Italy), she completed a Master at IAMM-CIHEAM, Montpellier (France). Subsequently, she completed a DEA (Diploma of Specialised Studies) in Sociology and a PhD in Sociology at Paris1-Pantheon-Sorbonne. Prior to her appointment at UNB, Dr. Torri was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Montreal, Centre for International Studies and a research fellow at the Human Rights Research Centre, University of Ottawa. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in international development, and health studies at the University of Toronto, University of Montreal, and Laurentian University. She has also worked extensively in Asia and Latin America on a number of research projects concerning gender entrepreneurship and development, traditional health, intercultural health practices and indigenous communities.

Dr. Torri has published a number of peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and two books on women’s health care, and community development, with a special focus on Complementary and Alternative medicine, women’s empowerment and local economies.  She is the main applicant and co-applicant on a number of grants funded by the different funding agencies such as Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Status of Women Canada, Taiwan Fellowship, among the others.

Research interests

  • Relevance of traditional midwifery practices for reproductive health of indigenous people in Asia and Latin America
  • Uses and perceptions of Complementary and Alternative Medicine for women’s health and intercultural health practices
  •  Impact of small-scale entrepreneurship activities on women’s health and their socio-economic status
  • Primary health care in a cross-cultural perspective

Selected publications

  • Torri, M.C., (2015). Training of Traditional Midwives in Ecuador and Mexico: Promoting Inclusiveness or Cultural Marginalization of Traditional Medicine? In  Midwifery: Global Perspectives, Practices and Challenges (Gordon Dennel Eds), New York: Nova Science Publishers. pp. 1-14.
  • Torri, M.C., Martinez, A., (2014). Women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship in India: constructing a new development paradigm?, Progress in Development Studies, 14(1):31-48.
  • Torri, M.C., Hermann, T.M., (2014). Property rights regimes in protected areas and development of local communities: what is the way forward?, International Journal of Environmental Policy and Decision Making, 1(2): 97-122.
  • Torri, M.C. (2013). Traditional midwives and HIV/AIDS prevention in rural Guatemala: a community approach to reproductive health, Women’s Health and Urban Life, 12(2): 45-62.
  • Hollenberg, D., Torri. M.C. (2013). Linking CAM, Traditional Medicine and Primary Health Care:   The role of local health traditions in promoting health security. in Primary Health Care and Complementary and Integrative Medicine,( Eds. Jon Adams and Parker Magin), London: Imperial College Press.
  • Torri, M.C. (2012). Programs for the promotion of home herbal gardens in rural areas: what challenges in using medicinal plants for local livelihoods and community health in India? Development in Practice, 22(2):143-153.
  • Torri, M.C., Herrmann, T.M. (2011). Bridges between tradition and innovation in ethnomedicine: fostering local development through community-based enterprises in India, Springer, Dordrecht-Heidelberg-London-New York, 1st Edition, 222 pages.
  • Torri, M.C. (2011). Linking Communities with the Medicinal Plant Sector in India, Development in Practice, 21(2):282-294.
  • Torri, M.C. (2011). Illness and healing in urban areas in Chile: between traditional and cultural adaptation, Oxford Development Studies, 3(9): 389-402.
  • Torri, M.C. (2011). Multicultural social policy and community participation in health: new opportunities and challenges for indigenous people, International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 26(3):1-23.

Supervision areas

Women’s health and health policy, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Indigenous health, Small-scale entrepreneurship and social policy, Gender and Development

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