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Dr. Janet Lum received her PhD in Social and Political Thought from York University. She also holds a Master of Arts in Sociology and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sociology and Philosophy, both from the University of Toronto. She is Full Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, and a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies, at Ryerson University. From 2013-2017, she served as Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Arts. From 2005 until 2012 she was co-Director of the graduate (MA) program in Public Policy and Administration.
She teaches courses in women, power and politics; Canadian politics; and public policy; and has received the Teaching Award of the Continuing Education Students Association at Ryerson (CESAR). She is a member of the Council of Ontario Universities Standing Committee on Human Rights, has served as Ryerson’s Ethnoracial Issues Coordinator, and was the founding Coordinator of the Ryerson University's Certificate Program in Race and Ethnocultural Relations. She is a former member of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.
She is currently Co-Chair of the Canadian Research Network for Care in the Community (CRNCC). The CRNCC is a national knowledge exchange network of researchers, providers, consumers, and policy makers aimed at making evidence about the crucial role of community services within the broader continuum of health and social care available to decision-makers. It is supported by SSHRC with generously matched funding from Ryerson University.
Dr. Lum was the lead researcher on a United Way funded project that explored models of aging in place by comparing the relative health and well-being of seniors living in supportive versus un-supported, social housing. She and Dr. Joe Springer examined the different aging experiences of Chinese and Caribbean seniors with a grant from the Joint Centre of Excellence for Research in Immigration and Settlement (CERIS). As well, she is involved in a number of research projects:
As a core member of the Canada International Scientific Exchange Program (CISEPO), Dr. Lum volunteers time and expertise toward developing health education and research in the Middle East. CISEPO is a Canadian, charitable, NGO committed to collaborative relationships, community development and peace-building initiatives in the Middle East through cooperative programs focussing on health research, education and training for academic and health practitioners.