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Dr. 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 doctoral 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 five years of university teaching and research experience in the areas of public administration and public policy, Canadian politics, 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. 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) where he served as one of the Centre Directors from 2002 to 2008. He has served on various advisory bodies including most recently for the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN).
Professor Shields is also a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies at Ryerson. He is affiliated with the MA program in Public Policy and Administration (which he served as co-Director from 2005-2012); the MA program in Immigration and Settlement Studies; the Joint (with York University) Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture, which offers both MA and PhD streams; and the PhD program in Policy Studies.
He has numerous academic distinctions including major academic awards, a Research Professorship from Ryerson University and was awarded the 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). In 2013 he received the Yeates School of Graduate Studies Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education Award. He was also named Ryerson Fellow at Massey College at the University of Toronto for 2013-14. In May 2016, he received the Dean's Excellence Award for Research Impact.
Dr. Shields has published extensively, including the co-authoring of five books and over forty published articles and papers and an extensive number of policy papers and conference presentations. His most recent research explores issues related to the marketization of the nonprofit sector, immigration and settlement, public administration reform, labour market restructuring with a focus on precarious work and immigrant populations, and knowledge transfer in support of public policy and advocacy. He is co-author of a series of Analytical Reports, Research Snapshots, and Roundtable Background Primers published by the Toronto Immigrant Employment Data Initiative (TIEDI) at York University.
Dr. Shields was Managing Editor of the Journal of International Migration and Integration (JIMI) from 2009-2012 and continues to sit on its Editorial Board. JIMI is a peer reviewed, international journal focused on publishing policy-relevant articles related to immigration and is published by Springer from The 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. He was one of the researchers chosen by Radio Canada International to provide in-depth analysis as part of their series, Immigration: Benefit or Burden?