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Summary: Scholarly and Research Activity

January 2018

Academic Presentations

Sorpong Peou.  “Marketization, Democratization and Transitional Justice: The Case of Cambodia.” Paper presented at the Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 8-9 January 2018.

Sorpong Peou.  “The Way of War and Peace from the Asian Experience.” Paper presented at the Global Institute of International and Area Studies, Hamburg, Germany, 7-8 December 2017.

Daniel Rubenson. “Land Rights and Prosocial Behaviour: A Field Experiment in Mongolia.”  Presented at the Japanese Society for Quantitative Political Science, Tokyo: University of Tokyo, 08-09 January 2018.

John Shields.  “Precarity and the Nonprofit Sector: Views from Social Work.” Presented at the Global Labour Research Centre.  Toronto: York University, 24 January 2018. Audio podcast.


Cathy Crowe was invested a Member of the Order of Canada on 24 January 2017.  See news item on this site. Her citation read:

As one of Canada’s first street nurses, Cathy Crowe has devoted her career to using health care for social justice. In 1998, she co-founded the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee, an organization that pioneered new approaches to homelessness. She produced several documentary films and authored a book that have given voice to the marginalized and vulnerable. Through her creative and tenacious efforts as a social activist, she has bridged the issues of health and homelessness with a goal of making housing available for all.

The honour was announced 30 June 2017.  See news item on this site for more details.

Ronald Vogel has been reappointed for a two-year term to the editorial board of the Urban Affairs Review.


On 18 January 2018, a Book Launch was held for Precarious Employment, Causes, Consequences and Remedies, ed. Stephanie Procyk, Wayne Lewchuk, and John Shields (Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 2017).  The event (see details here) provided an opportunity to celebrate all of the work that has gone into the Poverty and Employment Precarity in Southern Ontario (PEPSO) research initiative over the past 7 years as well as a chance to network with researchers and advocates who focus on precarious employment.  The event was co-sponsored by: PEPSO, Fernwood Publishing, McMaster University, United Way Toronto & York Region, Ryerson University Faculty of Arts and Department of Politics and Public Administration, CUPE Local 3904, and SSHRC.

To coincide with the book launch, John Shields was interviewed by Will Sloan of Public Affairs.  The interview (podcast available here) was highlighted on Ryerson Today on 19 January 2018.

Publications - Published

Carolyn Johns, Adam Thorn, and Debora VanNijnatten.  “Environmental regime effectiveness and the North American Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.”  International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics (January 2018): 1-19. Online first.  DOI: 10.1007/s10784-018-9385-1