John Shields

Phone: 6167
Office: JOR720
E-mail: jshieldspolitics.ryerson.ca
 

John Shields joined the Department of Politics and Public Administration in September 1988, after teaching in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Shields received his PhD in Political Science from the University of British Columbia in 1989. His Ph.D. dissertation is entitled British Columbia's New Reality: The Politics of Neo-Conservatism and Defensive Defiance . He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Arts (MA) from the University of Windsor.

Dr Shields is a tenured Full Professor with over twenty years of university teaching experience in the areas of public administration and public policy, the politics and policy of communications and culture, the political economy of labour market and welfare state restructuring, immigrant settlement and integration policy and practices, and nonprofit sector studies. He holds a number of student teaching awards, and has developed and delivered distance education courses and modules and taught on-site public administration courses to practitioners at Queen's Park for the public service of Ontario, Canada and the North York Civic Centre to federal Canadian public servants. He has also been involved in a major training initiative for the Centre for Leadership in the Ontario public service. Professor Shields has been past Program Coordinator for the Ryerson School of Public Administration and currently is a member of the Management Co-ordination Team for the Certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management at Ryerson. He holds/held research affiliations with the Centre for Governance Studies at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby; the Centre for Voluntary Sector Studies, Faculty of Business, Ryerson University; the International Social Sciences Institute at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland; and CERIS - The Ontario Metropolis Centre (Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement). He has served on various advisory bodies including the Research Advisory Group for the Ontario Association of Youth Employment Centres.

Professor Shields is also a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies at Ryerson. He is co-Director of the MA program in Public Policy and Administration, and is also part of the Joint (with York University) Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture, which offers both MA and Ph.D streams as well as the Masters program in Immigration and Settlement Studies and the PhD program in Policy Studies at Ryerson University.

He has numerous academic distinctions including major academic research awards, a Research Professorship from Ryerson University and was awarded t he Sarwan Sahota Ryerson Distinguished Scholar Award for 2001 . In 2010 he was named a CERIS Senior Scholar by the SSHRC Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS - The Ontario Metropolis Centre).

Dr. Shields has published extensively in the area of Canadian public administration and public policy including the co-authoring of four books and over thirty published articles and papers. His most recent research explores alternative service delivery and partnerships between government and the third sector, public administration reform, labour market restructuring with a focus on contingent work and immigrant populations, and knowledge transfer in support of public policy and advocacy.

During the 1993-1994 academic year Professor Shields was involved in a job exchange relationship with the Ontario Ministry of Labour where he served as a Policy Advisor for the Employment Conditions & Labour Market Policy Branch.  Since that time he has maintained close contact with the Ontario Public Service.  He has conducted contract work for the Ontario Ministry of Labour and the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities, and been a frequent guest speaker for the Ontario Public Service — he has given talks for the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Ontario Ministry of Health, Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board regarding changing public policy trends.

Dr. Shields has most recently been appointed as the Managing Editor of the Journal of International Migration & Integration / Revue de l'integration et de la migration internationale (JIMI), which is a peer reviewed, international journal focused on publishing policy-relevant articles related to immigration, settlement and integration.  The journal is published by Springer (Netherlands).

Professor Shields is regularly sought as a media commentator and has been interviewed by and appeared on/in CBC, OnTV, CTV, Montreal Gazette, London Free Press, Edmonton Journal, National Post, Hamilton Spectator, Maclean's, OMNI TV, among others.

With Drs. Bryan Evans and Janet Lum, John Shields produces the Ryerson Policy Capacity Report.

Publications include:

  • co-authorship of a series of TIEDI Analytical Reports (Toronto:  Toronto Immigrant Employment Data Initiative, York University)
  • “From Pragmatism to Neoliberalism: Ontario’s hesitant Farewell to Dr. Keynes” (with Bryan Evans).  In The Guardian: Perspectives on the Ministry of Finance of Ontario, ed. Patrice Dutil, 131-161.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.
  • Review of Education and Jobs: Exploring the Gaps, ed. D.W. Livingstone.  Labour/Le Travail 67(Spring 2011):  289-292.
  • Delicate Dances: Immigrant Workers’ Experiences of Injury Reporting and Claim Filing (with Agnieszka Kosny, Marni Lifshen, Ellen MacEachen, Peter Smith, Gul Joy Jafri, Cynthia Neilson, and Diana Pugliese). Toronto: Institute for Work & Health, April, 2011: 34 pages.
  • “The Third Sector and the Provision of Public Good: Partnerships, Contracting and the Neo-liberal State” (with Bryan Evans). In The Handbook of Canadian Public Administration, 2nd ed., ed. Christopher Dunn, 305-318. Toronto:  Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • “Immigration and the Demographic Challenge: A Statistical Survey of the Ontario Region” (with Magdy EIDakiky). Policy Matters 38 (May 2009): 1-22.   A report of CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre.
  • “Knowledge Mobilization/Transfer, Research Partnerships, and Policymaking: Some Conceptual and Practical Considerations” (with Bryan Evans). Policy Matters 33 (April 2008): 1-13. A report of CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre.
  • “Profiling of the Public Service Élite: A Demographic and Career Trajectory Survey of Deputy and Assistant Deputy Ministers in Canada” (with Bryan Evans and Janet Lum). Canadian Public Administration 50:4 (Winter 2007): 609-634.
  • “Diversity and the City: CERIS Research Partnerships and Knowledge Exchange for Policy Impact” (with Paul Anisef, Joanna Anneke Rummens), Our Diverse Cities 4 (Fall 2007): 7-12.
  • “Mobilizing Immigration Research for Policy Effect: The Case of CERIS.” CERIS Working Paper 58 (June 2007): 1-30. A report of the Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS) – Toronto.
  • “Assessing Employment Risk: Dimensions in the Measurement of Unemployment” (with Susan Silver and Sue Wilson). Socialist Studies: The Journal of the Society for Socialist Studies 2:2 (Fall 2006): 105-112.
  • “Visible-Minority Employment Exclusion: The Experience of Young Immigrant/Refugee Adults in Toronto” (with Khan Rahi and Antonie Scholtz). Policy Matters 28 (September 2006): 1-14. A report of the Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS) — Toronto.
  • “Voices from the Margins: Visible Minority Immigrant Youth Experiences with Employment Exclusion in Toronto” (with Khan Rahi and Antonie Scholtz). CERIS Working Paper 47 (May 2006): 1-62. A report of the Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS) – Toronto.
  • “NGO-Government Relations and Immigrant Services: Contradictions and Challenges” (with Ted Richmond ). Journal of International Migration and Integration 6:3/4 (Summer/Fall 2005): 513-526.
  • Review of The Nonprofit Sector in Interesting Times: Case Studies in a Changing Sector, ed. Kathy L. Brock and Keith G. Banting. Labour/Le Travail 56(Fall 2005): 302-304.
  • Review of Contingent Employment in Europe and the United States, ed. Ola Bergström and Donald Storrie. Labour/Le Travail 56 (Fall 2005): 351-353.
  • “Structuring Neoliberal Governance: The Nonprofit Sector, Emerging New Modes of Control and the Marketization of Service Delivery” (with Bryan Evans, Ted Richmond). Policy and Society 24:1 (Fall 2005): 73-97.
  • “Restructuring of Full-time Workers: A Case of Transitional Dislocation or Social Exclusion in Canada? Lessons from the 1990s” (with Susan Silver, and Sue Wilson). Social Policy and Administration 39:7 (December 2005): 786-802.
  • “The Excluded, the Vulnerable and the Reintegrated in a Neoliberal Era: Qualitative Dimensions of the Unemployment Experience” (with Susan Silver, Sue Wilson and Antonie Scholtz). Socialist Studies: The Journal of the Society for Socialist Studies 1:1 (Spring 2005): 31-56.
  • “The Third Sector: Neo-Liberal Restructuring, Governance, and the Remaking of State-Civil Society Relationships” (with Bryan Mitchell Evans). Policy Matters 18 (May 2005): 1-10. A report of the Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS) — Toronto.
  • "Job Restructuring and Worker Displacement: Does Gender Matter?" (with Susan Silver and Sue Wilson). Canadian Women's Studies 23:3, 4 (Spring/Summer 2004): 7-13.
  • "No Safe Haven: Markets, Welfare and Migrants." In Immigrants, Welfare Reform and the Poverty of Policy, ed. Philip Kretsendemas and Ana Aparacio, 35-60. New York: Praeger, 2004.
  • "NGO Restructuring: Constraints and Consequences" (with Ted Richmond). Canadian Review of Social Policy 53 (Spring/Summer 2004): 53-67.
  • “No Safe Haven: Markets, Welfare, and Migrants”. Policy Matters 7 (June 2004): 1-11. A report of the Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS) — Toronto.
  • “Corporate Globalization, the Agricultural Crisis, and the Restructuring of Rural Canada”. Socialist Studies Bulletin 72 (Winter 2004): 16-36.
  • "Third Sector Restructuring and the New Contracting Regime: The Case of Immigrant Serving Agencies in Ontario" (with Ted Richmond). Policy Matters 3 (February 2004): 1-7. A report of the Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS) – Toronto.
  • New Workplace Commons: 401 Richmond - A Study of Innovative Support for Cultural and Social Enterprises in Both the Not-for Profit and For-Profit Sectors (with Allison Bottomley, Joy Constaedt, Monica MacDonald, Colin Mooers, Karen Poetker, and Etoile Stewart): 1-106. A report commissioned by the City of Toronto, Culture Division; the Ontario Ministry of Culture; and Canadian Heritage. December 2003.
  • “No Safe Haven: Markets, Welfare, and Migrants”. CERIS Working Paper 22 (January 2003): 1-39. A report of the Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS) – Toronto.
  • “The Third Sector, Neo-liberal Restructuring and ‘Partnerships:' Governance and the Re-making of State-Civil Society Relationships” (with Bryan Mitchell Evans). In The Handbook of Canadian Public Administration, ed. Christopher Dunn, 139-158. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • Review of All You Can Eat: Greed, Lust and the New Capitalism by Linda McQuaig. Canadian Public Administration 45:4 (Winter 2002): 578-580.
  • “The Poverty of Comparative Public Administration in a Neo-liberal Era: A Commentary on Subramaniam” (with Bryan Mitchell Evans). International Review of Administrative Sciences 67:2 (June 2001): 329-334.
  • Review of Immigrants and the Labour Force: Policy, Regulation, and Impact by Ravi Pendakur. Journal of International Migration and Integration 2:4 (Fall 2001): 613-616.
  • Restructuring and Resistance: Canadian Public Policy in an Age of Global Capitalism (co-edited with Mike Burke and Colin Mooers). Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 2000.
  • “Critical Perspectives on Canadian Public Policy” (with. Mike Burke and Colin Mooers). In Restructuring and Resistance: Canadian Public Policy in an Age of Global Capitalism, eds. Mike Burke, Colin Mooers and John Shields, 11-23. Halifax, Fernwood Publishing, 2000.
  • “Globalization and the Challenge to Canadian Democracy: National Governance Under Threat” (with Bryan Mitchell Evans and Stephen McBride). In Restructuring and Resistance: Canadian Public Policy in an Age of Global Capitalism, eds. Mike Burke, Colin Mooers and John Shields, 80-97. Halifax, Fernwood Publishing, 2000.
  • “Tracking Inequality in the New Canadian Labour Market” (with Mike Burke 98-123. In Restructuring and Resistance: Canadian Public Policy in an Age of Global Capitalism, eds. Mike Burke, Colin Mooers and John Shields, 98-123. Halifax, Fernwood Publishing, 2000.
  • “Globalization, Unemployment and the Redistribution of Working Time: Canadian and Comparative Perspectives” (with Andrew Molloy). In Power in a Global Era, ed. Ed Cohn, Stephen McBride and John Wiseman, 173-185. London & New York: Macmillan & St. Martins Press, 2000.
  • Review of Service in the Field: The World of Frontline Public Servants by Barbara Wake Carroll and David Siegel. Canadian Public Policy XXVI:1 (March 2000): 136-137.
  • Shrinking the State: Globalization and the “Reform” of Public Administration (with Bryan Mitchell Evans). Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 1998.
  • Dismantling a Nation: The Transition to Corporate Rule in Canada, 2nd edition (with Stephen McBride). Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 1997.
  • Dismantling a Nation: Canada and the New World Order (with Stephen McBride). Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 1993.
  • Regulating Labour: The State, Neo-Conservatism and Industrial Relations (co-edited with Larry Haiven, and Stephen McBride). Toronto: Garamond Press, 1991.