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Summary: Scholarly and Research Activity

April 2015

Academic Presentations

Daniel Rubenson.  “Property Rights and Trust.” Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago: 16-19 April 2015.

Mitu Sengupta.  “The Social and Political Implications of the BJP's Rise to Power under Narendra Modi.”  An invited presentation at the Public Forum Hindu Nationalism in Action: The Bharatiya Janata Party and Indian Politics, sponsored by the SFU School for International Studies.  Vancouver:  Simon Fraser University, 30 April 2015.

Mitu Sengupta.  “From Planning Commission to NITI Aayog: Old Wine in a New Bottle?” An invited presentation to the UofT India Innovation Institute Speaker Series event, The Sun Sets Over the Planning Commission:  Where is India’s Economic Policy Headed?  Toronto: Fleck Atrium (Rotman School of Management, UofT), 27 April 2015.

Mitu Sengupta was an invited speaker at the conference, Measuring Sustainable Development sponsored by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) [German Research Foundation] and the United Nations University (UNU).  The conference discussed Indicators and Monitoring, Assessment and Evaluation, Synergies, Ownership and The Way Forward.  New York: 23-24 April 2015.

Ian Cunningham, Donna Baines, John Shields and Wayne Lewchuck. “‘We’re all in it together’ - Worker participation in voluntary social services during austerity.” Presented at the International Labour Process Conference, Athens, Greece, 13-15 April 2015.

Meghan Joy and John Shields. “Social Impact Bonds and the Potential for Social Finance in Canada.” Video presentation to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. Ottawa: Government of Canada, 23 April 2015.  (Note: Meghan Joy is a doctoral candidate in the Policy Studies PhD program.)

Alex Lawrie, Neil Selmon, and Ronald K. Vogel. “Governing Global Sydney.” Presented at the annual conference of the Urban Affairs Association. Miami, 09 April 2015.

Meghan Joy and Ronald K. Vogel.  “A Progressive City for the 21st Century.” Presented at the annual conference of the Urban Affairs Association. Miami, 11 April 2015. (Note: Meghan Joy is a doctoral candidate in the Policy Studies PhD program.)


Pamela D. Palmater has been elected Associate Senior Fellow at Massey College (UofT), effective 24 April 2015.

Daniel Rubenson has been reappointed to a three year term as Affiliated Researcher at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Stockholm, Sweden.

Daniel Rubenson has been appointed as a peer review member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Connection Grants funding opportunity.

Ronald K. Vogel has been elected as Secretary-Treasurer of the Urban Affairs Association (1,000 members) for 2015-2016.


Pamela D. Palmater (LLB 97) received the University of New Brunswick 2015 UNB Alumni Award of Distinction for her social justice work for First Nations that has been recognized nationally and internationally. The award dinner was held on March 26 in St. John, NB.  Click here for a photo of the presentation.

Conference Participation

Tuna Baskoy.  Discussant.  Association for Evolutionary Economics session 01: Examining Social Provisioning through Global Value Chains of the Allied Social Science Associations conference, 05 January 2015.  5 papers.

Ronald K. Vogel.  Moderator.  Annual Conference of the Urban Affairs AssociationGlobal City Sydney.  Miami, 09 April 2015.


Janet Lum (as the research lead of the Canadian Research Network for Care in the Community) partnered with community organizations to host a one-day symposium, “Healthy Connections 2015 – Community Hubs: From Health Care to Health ” at Oakham House, Ryerson University, March 24. Over 150 delegates exchanged knowledge on how best to build local solutions to span the gaps between health and social care to overcome health care fragmentation.


Co-investigators Daniel Rubenson and Peter Loewen (University of Toronto) have been awarded an SSHRC Insight Grant valued at $295,999.00 over five (5) years for the project entitled “The Local Parliament: Voter Preferences, Local Campaigns and Parliamentary Representation.”  Using three sequential and related studies, the project will examine two important questions: How do MPs attend to and act on information about their constituents’ preferences? Do constituents reward them for this action?  Study 1 will use both a large-scale survey and qualitative analysis of campaigns to closely analyze local races in 100 constituencies in the 2015 federal election. This will allow the investigators to understand where and to what extent local issues and candidates matter to voters. It will also provide statistically reliable estimates of constituency opinion in a large number of Canadian electoral districts. Study 2 will use a field experiment design to estimate the effects of information on what MPs say and do in Parliament.  Finally, Study 3 will occur in the subsequent federal election.  The relationship between the actions MPs take in Parliament and voters’ responses to these will be estimated, before exploiting the “downstream” effects of the field experiments on the vote share of incumbent MPs in order to answer questions about whether voters punish/reward their representatives based on legislative behaviour.

Publications - Published

Michael Howlett, Seck L. Tan, Andrea Migone, Adam Wellstead and Bryan Evans.  “Policy formulation, policy advice and policy appraisal: The distribution of analytical tools.” In The Tools of Policy Formulation: Actors, Capacities, Venues and Effects, ed. Andrew J. Jordan and John R. Turnpenny, 163-183.  Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc., 2015. [Reported as forthcoming in the March 2015 DIGEST.]

Harald Bauder and John Shields, ed.  Immigrant Experiences in North America: Understanding Settlement and Integration.  Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press Inc., 2015. [Reported as forthcoming in the January 2015 DIGEST.]

John Shields and Harald Bauder.  “Introduction: Understanding Immigration, Settlement, and Integration in North America.” In Immigrant Experiences in North America: Understanding Settlement and Integration, ed. Harald Bauder and John Shields, 11-33. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press Inc., 2015.

Stephen McBride, John Shields and Stephanie Tombari. “Cities, Climate Change and the Green Economy.” In Work in a Warm World, ed. Carla Lipsig-Mummé and Stephen McBride, 195-213. Montréal and Kingston: Queen’s School of Policy Studies Series, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015. [Reported as forthcoming in the January 2015 DIGEST.]

Myer Siemiatycki. “Continuity and Change in Canadian Immigration Policy.” In Immigration Experiences in North America: Understanding Settlement and Integration, eds. Harald Bauder and John Shields, 93-117.  Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press, 2015.

Myer Siemiatycki, Andrea Noack, Jocelyn Kane, Marc Valade, Fiona Crean, April Lim, and Graeme Cook. Incidence des enquetes de l'Ombudsman sur l'administration publique: etude de cas et guide d'evaluation. Bureua de l'Ombudsman de Toronto/Institut International de l'Ombudsman, 2015.  [Note: this is French translation of The Impact of Ombudsman Investigations on Public Administration: A Case Study and Evaluation Guide. Research report for the Office of the Toronto Ombudsman/ International Ombudsman Institute, 2015. (reported in the March DIGEST).]

David Trick. The Role of Intermediary Bodies in Enhancing Quality and Sustainability in Higher Education. Toronto: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, 2015.