Chris Jones

Jones PhotoUpdate (2015)

Chris completed his Master of Arts in June 2015. His thesis document titled “Mobile miners: work, home and hazards in Yukon’s mining industry”  is available online at
http://knowledgecommons.lakeheadu.ca/handle/2453/643

Thesis Abstract
This thesis examines the impacts that long-distance commuting operations have for workers in Yukon’s mining industry. The Canadian mining industry has transitioned from the traditional Taylorist operations of the twentieth century to lean-production systems of work organization. Among other changes, this leaner industry now employs small, highly trained workers in precarious occupations. Mines are also now operated in more remote areas, forcing workers to commute long distances and live for weeks on-site. Yukon is currently experiencing a resource boom, and is in the process of developing several new mines in the territory–mines which the local population hope to benefit from, but which will likely be designed around lean production systems. Within this context, this thesis explores the impacts of long-distance commuting through in-depth interviews with 12 workers in Yukon’s mining industry. The findings are organized into four major themes: 1) workplace culture, 2) safety in mining, 3) mobility and migration, and 4) home life for workers. These four themes represent what respondents felt were the most relevant impacts in terms of long-distance commuting.

Education
Masters student at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Publications
Completed masters thesis available here.

ReSDA Research
Chris has recently completed his MA thesis titled “Mobile Miners: Long distance commuting among mining workers in Whitehorse”.  This project looks at the impact that rural mines in the Yukon have on their workers through long distance commuting operations (fly-in or drive-in).  In February 2013 he conducted a small series of in-depth interviews with workers across a variety of backgrounds in Whitehorse including women, aboriginals, youth, labourers, tradespeople, and managers.  Some of the findings show a negative work environment for aboriginals, issues retaining and recruiting youth, aboriginals, and local workers, safety issues at mine sites, and stress for workers who travel to Yukon from outside the region.
Check out the details of his ReSDA research project at http://wp.me/P4Bmyi-eZ

More about Chris Jones at https://www.lakeheadu.ca/academics/graduate/student-experiences/biographies/node/11125

Contact information:
Chris Jones
E-mail: cjones4@lakeheadu.ca