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Summary: Scholarly and Research Activity

September 2016

Academic Presentations

Christopher Gore.  “Political Change and Electricity Access in Africa.”  Presented at the Institute for African Development.  Ithaca, NY: Cornell University.  29 September 2016.

Daniel Rubenson and Christopher Dawes (NYU).  “Beating a four hour marathon is good for democracy.”  Presented to the "Natural and Quasi Experiments” panel, Experimental Research Section, American Political Science Association Annual Meeting.  Philadelphia, PA:  Friday 02 September 2016.

Mitu Sengupta.  “The Sustainable Development Goals: Navigating Global and National Politics to Achieve Local Empowerment.”  Presented in the panel “The Sustainable Development Goals: What's not to like?” – with panellists Stephen Marks (Harvard), Eric Palmer (Allegheny) and Sridhar Venkatapuram (University College London) – at the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA) Annual Conference.  Tokyo, Japan:  02 September 2016.

John Shields.  “Immigration & Employment Policy & Newcomer Settlement in Canada.” Presented to the Guangzhou Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, People’s Republic of China.  Toronto: Ryerson University, 22 September 2016.


On 02 September 2016, Ron Vogel commenced a one-year term as President of the Section on Urban and Local Politics in the American Political Science Association.

Conference Participation

Daniel Rubenson. Discussant for the “Strategic Voting” panel of the Elections and Voting Behavior Section, American Political Science Association Annual Meeting.  Philadelphia, PA: Friday 02 September 2016.


John Shields is co-applicant [with P.I. Valerie Preston (York University) and others] on a successful SSHRC Partnership Grant entitled “Migration and Resilience in Urban Canada: Discovering Strengths and Building Capacity.” The successful grant was awarded some $2.5 million in SSHRC funding over five years plus an additional $1.2 million in partner contributions for a total of $3.7 million.  It was officially announced by the Hon. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, Government of Canada.

The study is a comparative analysis of resilience among migrants settling in two of Canada’s major immigration gateways – Toronto and Montreal – as well as large and small municipalities in Ontario and Quebec, and central and suburban locations in Toronto. A prime goal of the project is to look at how to improve settlement outcomes and to enhance well-being in the face of economic, political, social and cultural challenges. But also, to pilot strategies that facilitate the efforts of social institutions to promote resilience. The research team will examine how social institutions influence resilience and boost migrants’ capacity to settle successfully in Canada.

Publications - Published

Christopher Gore.  “Advances in Urban Agriculture Policy in East Africa: Learning through Comparison.” Urban Agriculture Magazine 31 (September2016): 35-37.

R. Michael McGregor, Aaron A. Moore, Laura B. Stephenson.  “Political Attitudes and Behaviour in a Non-Partisan Environment: Toronto 2014.”  Canadian Journal of Political Science 49:2 (June 2016): 311-333.

Karen Bird, Samantha D. Jackson, R. Michael McGregor, Aaron A. Moore, Laura B. Stephenson.  “Sex (and Ethnicity) in the City: Affinity Voting in the 2014 Toronto Mayoral Election.”  Canadian Journal of Political Science 49:2 (June 2016): 359-383.

Pamela Palmater.  “My Tribe, My Heirs and Their Heirs Forever: Living Mi’kmaw Treaties.” Ch. 2 in Living Treaties: Narrating Mi’kmaw Treaty Relations, ed. Marie Battiste, 24-41. Sydney, NS: Cape Breton University Press, 2016.

Pamela Palmater.  “Shining Light on the Dark Places: Addressing Police Racism and Sexualized Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls in the National Inquiry.” Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 28:2 (August 2016): 253-284.

Sorpong Peou.  “Cambodia: From Isolation to Involvement in Regional Community Building.” In Regional Community Building in East Asia: Countries in Focus, ed. Lee Lai To and Zarina Othman, 33-56. Series: Politics in Asia.  New York: Routledge, 2017.

Ian Cunningham, Donna Baines, John Shields and Wayne Lewchuk.  “Austerity policies, ‘precarity’ and the nonprofit workforce: A comparative study of UK and Canada.”  The Journal of Industrial Relations (JIR) 58:4 (September 2016): 455-472.  [Reported as forthcoming in the January 2016 DIGEST.]

Myer Siemiatycki. "Who Should Be Tested for Canadian Values: Immigrants or Kellie Leitch?" (Op.Ed.)  The Caribbean Camera, 30 September 2016.

Myer Siemiatycki. "Toronto's Problem: Our Public Sector is Poor While Our Private sector is Booming." (Op. Ed.)  Torontoist, 15 September 2016.

Publications - Accepted for Publication

Sarah Mills and Christopher Gore. “Public and local government leader opinions on environmental federalism: Comparing issues and national contexts.” State and Local Government Review, forthcoming.