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PhD Policy Studies Virtual Speakers Series

The PhD Policy Studies Virtual Speakers Series brings together distinguished scholars, activists and practitioners to provide insight on the most relevant and critical issues facing our communities today. These sessions are interactive and include a Q&A portion. The goal is to create thought-provoking dialogue around the role of policy on a range of issues important to policy studies. 

Fall 2021 Speaker Series

Building Back Better: An Agenda for Progressive Public Policy

Upcoming speakers


Past Talks

The first four talks of our Fall 2020 speaker series explored the impact of COVID-19 on work and working life, the challenges presented to our cities including fiscal crisis, and implications for democracy and governance. Moderated by Dr. Bryan Evans, Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University. 

Session 1: Work After the Pandemic: What Has to Change, with Jim Stanford 

Session 2: Covid -19 and Cities, with Dr. Roger Keil

Session 3: Does the United States Have a Democratic Future, with Bill Fletcher Jr

Session 4: Are Canadian Cities Facing a Fiscal Crisis, with Dr. Enid Slack


Winter 2021 Series 

Session 5: Reckoning: #BlackLivesMatter and the Democratic Necessity of Social Movements, with Dr. Deva Woodly

Session 6: The Financialization of Rental Housing and Covid-19: Capitalizing on Crisis, with Dr. Martine August

Session 7: The right to care in the time of COVID: The case of nursing homes with Dr. Pat Armstrong   

Session 8: Transitional Justice Plan to End Genocide in Canada with Dr. Pamela Palmater  


Past Speakers

Recorded Talks

Session 1

Session 3

Session 2

Session 4