Emilly Renaud

Emilly is a graduate from the Queen’s University Master of Public Administration and holds a BA(hons) in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Toronto. She was born and raised in Ottawa, and recently moved back to start a new position as the National Coordinator for Canada Without Poverty. Her research in the digital ethnography lab centered on the emergence of the ASMR community on YouTube as a form of feminized digitized care labour for viewers who are feeling lonely or who suffer with mental health issues. She explored the sexualization of ASMR, how the ASMR community legitimizes their work with scientific paradigms, and cultural constructions of what it means to be comforted and cared for. She always draws upon the critical thinking skills and eye-opening discussions that studying anthropology gifted me in my current work in policy, human rights, and anti-poverty advocacy.

Emilly Renaud