Ariel Ducey, PhD

Ariel Ducey is Associate Professor Sociology at the University of Calgary, where she teaches and does research related to health care and medicine.  She leads ongoing, qualitative research about values and practices in pelvic floor surgery, and has carried out in-depth interviews with surgeons and other stakeholders in surgical innovation and observed major medical meetings related to pelvic floor surgery.

In studying health care and medicine, Ariel draws on scholarship in ethics, political economy, care and emotions, science and technology studies, and work and professionalism.

Ariel and her husband moved to Calgary from the United States in 2004, after Ariel completed her Ph.D. at the City University of New York Graduate Centre. They are now raising three Canadian children and taking full advantage of living near Kananaskis country and Banff National Park.


Selected publications:

  1. Ross, Sue, Magali Robert, Ariel Ducey. “The Short Lifecycle of a Surgical Device: Literature Analysis Using McKinlay’s 7-Stage Model.” Health Policy and Technology, 4:168-188 2015.
  2. Ducey, Ariel, Sue Ross, Terilyn Pott, Carmen Thompson. “The Moral Economy of Health Technology Assessment: An Empirical Qualitative Study,” Evidence and Policy, 13(1): 7-28, 2017.
  3. Ducey, Ariel and Shoghi Nikoo. “Formats of Responsibility: Elective Surgery in the Era of Evidence-Based Medicine,” (revise and resubmit), Sociology of Health and Illness
  4. Ducey, Ariel. Never Good Enough: Health Care Workers and the False Promise of Job Training. Cornell University Press, 2009.
  5. Mazanderani, Fadhila, Jenny Kelly, Ariel Ducey. “From Embodied Risk to Embodying Hope: Therapeutic Experimentation and Experiential Information Sharing in a Contested Intervention for Multiple Sclerosis,” forthcoming, BioSocieties
  6. Gagliardi, Anna, Pascale Lehoux, Ariel Ducey, Anthony Easty, Sue Ross, Chaim Bell, Patricia Trbovich, Julie Takata, David R. Urbach. “Factors Constraining Patient Engagement in Implantable Medical Device Discussions and Decisions: Interviews with Physicians,” International Journal of Quality Health Care, 13: 1-7, 2017.
  7. Ducey, Ariel. “Technologies of Caring Labor: From Objects to Affect,” pp. 18-32 in Intimate Labors, Eileen Boris and Rhacel Parreñas, eds. Stanford University Press, 2010.
  8. Ducey, Ariel. “More Than a Job: Meaning, Affect, and Training Health Care Workers,” Pp. 187-208 in The Affective Turn: Theorizing the Social, Patricia Clough and Jean Halley, eds., Duke University Press, 2007.