My name is Erik Chevrier. I am an accomplished professor, researcher and social activist. I am a part-time professor at Concordia University a part-time teacher at Dawson College. I have created a number of organizations, research projects and educational programs including; Co-op Collective Vision, The Concordia Student Run Food Groups Research Project, and The Concordia Against Austerity Speaker Series. I am also pursuing a multidisciplinary PhD in Humanities via the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture at Concordia University.
I am working towards a PhD in Humanities – my major is Sociology and minors are Social Economics and Community and Public Affairs. I am being supervised by Satoshi Ikeda, a renowned Sociology professor and creator of many social economy food cooperatives like the Concordia Food Coalition and the Hive Cafe Cooperative among others; Marguerite Mendell – professor in the School of Community and Public Affairs and winner of the prestigious Prix du Québec for her three decades of scholarship and engagement in the field of social economy; Beverly Best – Sociology professor and expert in Marxian and socialist economic philosophy and; Anna Kruzynski – professor in the School of Community and Public Affairs and specialist in community organizing, social movements, anarchism and post-capitalist futures.
I have an multidisciplinary masters degree in the Special Individualized Program – majoring in Psychology, Communications and Cultural Studies. My masters thesis consisted of a qualitative and quantitative analysis looking at how people are affected by advertising. I also have a bachelors in Psychology, where I graduated with honours.
I am a natural teacher. I have taught people of all ages for over 20 years. I am the founding member of two educational cooperatives – Co-op Collective Vision, a workers coop that specializes in media education for youth and The Alternative University Project, a community learning initiative that existed during the 2012 Quebec student strike in Montreal.
In 2006, I confounded Co-op Collective Vision and established a variety of media education programs for youth in Montreal. I created Creative Video Day Camp (a summer camp/spring break program where youth produce movies), and a variety of media courses in elementary schools in Montreal. In 2008, the Media Awareness Network awarded me with the featured media educator for my work in establishing media literacy training for youth. At our programs, youth broadcast their videos on the YouTube channel CCVwebTV, where their videos have received over 20 million hits worldwide.
I am currently a part-time professor at Concordia University; teaching in the Sociology, Political Science and Psychology Departments – and I also teach at Dawson College through the New School Program.
At Concordia University, I have taught Food and Culture, Media, Technology and Politics, Fundamentals of Sensation and Perception, Fundamentals of Lifespan Development, Economy and Society, Motivation and Emotion in Daily Life, and Social Psychology. At Dawson College, I have taught Edible Activism and Post-Capitalist Futures.
Prior to becoming a part-time professor at Concordia, I led conferences, as a teaching assistant, in the following courses: Advertising and Consumer Society, Youth and Media, Advanced Statistics, and Research Methods in Psychology and Political Science.
I can also teach a variety of other courses at a university and/or college/CEGEP level including those related to:
Economy and Society Political Economy
Economic History Advertising and Consumer Culture
Socially Responsible Investing Finance and Society
Globalization Social Psychology
Hypnosis Developmental Psychology
Youth and Media Media and Psychology/Sociology
Sensation and Perception Urban Farming
Media, Technology and Politics Food and Activism
Food and Culture Social Economy & Post-Capitalism
Research Methods (qualitative, quantitative, action based)
I am interested in interdisciplinary action based research. I am particularly interested in building better economic models – ones that prioritizes healthy social relations and the sustainability of our biosphere. I am also interested in cooperative food organizations and community food systems.
I am the primary researcher for the Concordia Student-Run Food Groups Research Project. This research project consists of an online archive of the student run food organizations at Concordia University. These groups are pioneers of socially responsible, environmentally sustainable, cooperative democratic food services; we are preserving their institutional memory. Because of my fundraising efforts, the research project has received over $40 000 in funding.
I have also worked with the Concordia Student Union to look into Concordia’s investment practices and made recommendations for them to implement a socially responsible investment plan. Because of my research efforts, Concordia committed to developing a $5 million dollar socially responsible investment fund (that negatively screens for fossil fuels). Furthermore, and also because of the research project, the Concordia Foundation established a committee (called the Joint Responsible Investment Advisory Committee) to further discuss socially responsible investing at Concordia. You can access the research reports here.
I also have worked as a lab coordinator/researcher in Dr. Ikeda’s Global Futures Laboratory, Dr. Jean Roch Laurence’s Hypnosis Laboratory, Dr. Pushkar’s Aging and Development Laboratory, Dr. Li’s Laboratory for Adult Development and Cognitive Aging, and Dr. Conway’s Social Psychology Laboratory.
I am deeply involved in community activism. I am currently the Chair of Mobilization for the Concordia University Part-time Faculty Association (CUPFA). I also sit on the Joint Responsible Investment Working Group and The Food Advisory Working Group at Concordia University.
As a graduate student, I sat on the Board of Governors of Concordia University for 3 years. As a board member I also sat on the Governance and Ethics Committee and Finance Committee. Prior to my involvement on the Board of Governors, I was involved with the Concordia Senate for two years.
In addition, I have also been involved with the following organizations as a member of the executive or the council of directors: the Graduate Student Association (VP external and director), TRAC Union (vice president of bargaining), Concordia Student Union (chair of Judicial Board), and the Concordia Student Broadcasting Corporation (board member).