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Summary: Scholarly and Research Activity

March 2018

Academic Presentations

Bryan Evans (Ryerson), David Macdonald (CCPA), and J.Z. Garrod (Carlton).  “More than Good Ideas: Politics, Power and Policy Alternatives.”. Presented at Austerity and its Alternatives: Impediments to Change and Ways to Overcome Them.  Ottawa: 23 March 2018.

Bryan Evans (Ryerson) and Marcel Goguen (McMaster).  “Knowledge and Expertise in the Manufacturing of Policy Advice.” Presented at Austerity and its Alternatives: Impediments to Change and Ways to Overcome Them.  Ottawa: 23 March 2018.

Meghan Joy, John Shields and Siu Mee Cheng, “Social Innovation Labs: Neoliberal Process or Democratic Intervention?” Presented at Austerity and Its Alternatives: Impediments to Change and Ways to Overcome Them.  Ottawa: 23-24 March 2018.


Myer Siemiatycki. Served as External Reviewer of the Master of International Public Policy Program at Wilfrid Laurier University, housed at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.


Miriam Anderson has been awarded a Ryerson SSHRC Institutional Grant (SIG) of $6,992 for the project “The Development of Women's Peace Advocacy Groups Social Networks and their Influence on Formal Politics: Women and Girls’ Movement for Peace and Security in Burundi.” The grant period is  from 15 March 2018 through 15 March 2019.

R. Michael McGregor has been awarded an Early Researcher Award of $150,000 by the (Ontario) Ministry of Research, Innovation, and Science for the period 2018-2023.  The grant will support the Canadian Municipal Election Study by facilitating the hiring of a postdoctoral fellow and several graduate students over the next five years.  See OVPRI story here:

Principal Investigator Matthew Schnurr (Dalhousie University) and co-investigators Christopher Gore, Sylvia Bawa (York University) and Lincoln Addison (Memorial University) have been awarded a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, in the amount of $199,960 for the period 2018-2021 for the project “The GMO 2.0 Partnership.” The project will study the gendered impact of the introduction of GMO crops in four African countries, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda. Dr. Gore is the country lead for Kenya.

Principal Investigators Allison Harell (UQAM), Peter Loewen (UofT), Daniel Rubenson (Ryerson) and Laura Stephenson (Western) have been awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant in the amount of $343,474 for five-year period for the project, “Attitudes Toward Democracy and Elections in Canada.”  The project is part of the new Canadian Election Study (CES) which will continue the study of electoral democracy in Canada through a large-scale survey of citizens.  Since the first CES in 1965, the study has continually incorporated innovations to keep pace with context and academic interests. These include the “rolling cross section,” allowing for the analysis of campaign dynamics; and changes in survey modes--such as the shift from face-to-face to random digit dialling surveys and then to the incorporation of online samples.  The objective of the project is to ensure that the next federal election is documented as almost every election since 1965 has been, while also introducing a new way to think about and study elections and democracy in Canada.

Publications - Published

Miriam J. Anderson and Jamie Gillies.  “There for the moment: extra-legislative windows of opportunity for women’s social movements in politics, a comparison of Canada and Northern Ireland.”  Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 56:2 (2018): 157-176. [Reported as forthcoming in the July 2017 DIGEST]

Sandra Lim.  “Rehabilitating the Hollywood Left in Thom Andersen and Noël Burch’s Red Hollywood (1996/2014).”  Senses of Cinema 86 (March 2018).

Edelgard Mahant.  Review of Breaking the WTO: How Emerging Powers Disrupted the Neoliberal Project by Kristen Hopewell (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2016): 288 pp.  International Journal 72:4 (December 2017): 589-591.

James A. McAllister.  Review of Fighting for Votes: Parties, the Media, and Voters in an Ontario Election by William P. Cross, Jonathan Malloy, Tamara A. Small and Laura B. Stephenson (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2015): pp. 238.  Canadian Journal of Political Science 51:1 (March 2018): 90-91.

Judy RebickHeroes in my Head: A Memoir.  Toronto: House of Anansi Press, 2018.  NOTE: There will be a Book Launch on 03 April.  See event listing.

Peter Loewen (UofT) and Daniel Rubenson.  “Local Parliament Project 2015 Canadian Election Survey.”  Harvard Dataverse, 2018. [doi:10.7910/DVN/DACHKP]

The Local Parliament Project 2015 Canadian election survey is a novel dataset from the 2015 Canadian federal election. It is much larger than typical election studies, including 37,380 respondents in the campaign period survey—on average 692 respondents per day—and 11,699 respondents in the post-election survey. The survey includes variables related to voting, party identification and membership, political preferences and evaluations, leader evaluations, economic evaluations, respondent predictions of election results, as well as information on debate viewership and a range of demographic variables.

John Shields and Omar Luján with Harald Bauder and Maria Gintova.  “Immigrant Barriers and Strategies to Overcome Unemployment: How Immigrant Labour Markey Trajectories Interact with their Experience with Families.” BMRC Research Digest, Winter 2018.

Myer Siemiatycki. Review of Making A Global City: How One Toronto School Embraced Diversity, by Robert C. Vipond (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017, 249pp.) Historical Studies in Education (Spring 2018): 195-97.

Publications - Accepted for Publication

Christopher Gore.  “How African Cities Lead: Urban Policy Innovation and Agriculture in Kampala and Nairobi.”  World Development. Forthcoming.

Carolyn Johns. “Water Governance Indicators: Challenges and Prospects for Improving Transboundary Lake Governance.” In Transboundary Lake Governance, ed. Velma Grover and Gail Krantzberg, 11-37.  City: Science Publishers, 2018 (forthcoming).

Carolyn Johns.  “Transboundary Environmental Governance and Water Pollution in the Great Lakes Region: Recent Progress and Future Challenges.”  In Transboundary Environmental Governance Across the World's Longest Border, ed. Stephen Brooks and Andrea Olive, 77-112.  East Lansing Michigan: Michigan State University Press, 2018 (forthcoming).