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Summary: Scholarly and Research Activity

June 2018

Academic Presentations

Luc Bernier (University of Ottawa), Patrice Dutil (Ryerson) and Taieb Hafsi (HEC Montreal).  “Old Instruments Never Die: Cases of Policy Design.” Presented in CPSA session K17: Workshop: Innovations in Policy Design: Nudges and Beyond II [cross-listed with CAPPA session CL317: Panel: Innovation in Policy Design 2) at the 90th annual meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association / CAPPA Conference 2018 (the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration) – part of Congress 2018: Gathering Diversities (the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences). Regina, SK, 01 June 2018.

Patrice Dutil (Ryerson) and Andrea Migone (Institute of Public Administration of Canada). “State Procurement of I&IT Services from Micro and Small Vendors: Survey Results and Discussion.”  Presented in session RI 209: Panel: Public Management at CAPPA Conference 2018 (the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration) – part of Congress 2018: Gathering Diversities (the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences). Regina, SK, 01 June 2018.

Bryan Evans (Ryerson University) and Marcel Goguen (McMaster University). “The Politics of Knowledge and Expertise in the Manufacturing of Policy Advice in the Neoliberal State.” Presented at the Alternate Routes Annual Conference: Austerity Against Democracy: Work, Welfare and the Remaking of Global Capitalism. Bologna, Italy: University of Bologna, 11-13 June 2018.

Cameron Anderson (Western) and Michael McGregor (Ryerson). “Who Relies on Party Labels in Municipal Elections in Montreal and Quebec City?” Presented at the 2018 Canadian Municipal Election Study Conference.  Montreal, QC: McGill University,19 June 2018.

Charles Tessier (McGill) and Michael McGregor (Ryerson).  “Setting the Record Straight: Identifying the Correlates of Straight-Ticket Voting in Montreal and Quebec.”  Presented at the 2018 Canadian Municipal Election Study Conference. Montreal, QC: McGill University, 19 June 2018.

Meghan Joy, John Shields and Siu Mee Cheng. “Austerity and the Rise of Social Innovation Labs: The Canadian Case.” Presented at the Alternate Routes Annual Conference: Austerity Against Democracy: Work, Welfare and the Remaking of Global Capitalism. Bologna, Italy: University of Bologna, 11-13 June 2018.

John Shields and Jessica Praznik. “Government and Governance Structures of Immigration, Settlement and Integration: The Resilience Connection.”  Presented at the Building Migrant Resilience in Cities (BMRC) conference Newcomers, Resilience and Settlement Knowledge Exchange. Toronto: Ralph Thornton Centre, 05-06 June 2018.

Jessica Praznik and John Shields. “A Snap Shot of Immigrant Settlement Services.” Poster presented at the Building Migrant Resilience in Cities (BMRC) conference, Newcomers, Resilience and Settlement Knowledge Exchange. Toronto: Ralph Thornton Centre, 05-06 June 2018.

David E. Smith. “The Senate of Canada: Renewed Life to an Original Intent.” Presented to Conference on Senates in Crises.  Amsterdam: The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences., 24 May 2018.

Michael Thorn.  “Nightmare On Gay Street: Conflating Sexuality and Gender In The Gayest Horror Film Ever Made.”  Presented in the session Queer Representation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Communication Association – part of Congress 2018: Gathering Diversities (the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences). Regina, SK, 01 June 2018.

Appointments

Miriam Anderson has joined the executive board of the Toronto Chapter of Women in International Security (WIIS). WIIS is dedicated to advancing the leadership and professional development of women in the field of international peace and security. WIIS sponsors leadership training, mentoring, and networking programs as well as substantive events focused on current policy problems. WIIS also supports research projects and policy engagement initiatives on critical international security issues, including the nexus between gender and security.

Patrice Dutil will be visiting professor at Boston University In Fall 2018 term.

Carolyn Johns has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA) for a two year term (01 June 2018 thru 31 May 2020).

Daniel Rubenson has been appointed Chair of the Steering Committee of the Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) Natural Resources Governance Metaketa. The Metaketa, funded by a £5 million grant from the UK Department for International Development, is a coordinated research endeavour spanning six large field experiments that are harmonizing common treatment arms and outcome measures in an effort to accumulate rigorous evidence about the effects of community monitoring on common pool resource use and conservation. The field experiments are being carried out in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Liberia, Peru and Uganda.

Conference Participation

Michael Thorn.  Chaired the session Queer Representation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Communication Association – part of Congress 2018: Gathering Diversities (the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences). Regina, SK, 01 June 2018.

Grants

Miriam Anderson is Principal and Sole Investigator on the project “Women's Social Networks and Peace Promotion," which was awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant of $68,958 for 2018-2020. Using social network analysis and participatory action research, this project will track the evolving social network of the Mouvement des Femmes et des Filles pour la Paix et la Sécurité au Burundi (the Women and Girls’ Movement for Peace and Security in Burundi, MFFPS), over a two-year period. The organization seeks to mobilize Burundians and international actors to pressure the Burundian government to adhere to the 2000 Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement for Burundi and hold multi-party peace talks to end the crisis which has been ongoing since 2015.

Daniel Rubenson, Allison Harell (UQAM), Peter Loewen (UofT) and Laura Stephenson (Western) will be the PIs for the Canadian Election Study (CES). The CES is one of the longest running national election studies in the world, having collected data on Canadian elections since 1965. The latest CES is, in part, funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant awarded in April 2018.

Daniel Rubenson, Allison Harell (UQAM), Peter Loewen (UofT) and Laura Stephenson (Western) have successfully made it to the final stage of the SSHRC Partnership Grant competition and have been awarded $20,000 to complete their proposal for a $5 million grant (including $2.5m already secured from partners) to create a Consortium for the Study of Canadian Democracy. The  partners on this project include Elections Canada; seven of ten provincial election monitoring bodies; Samara Canada; Apathy is Boring; the Canadian Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; and several others. In addition to conducting large scale election studies in federal as well as every provincial election over the next seven years (with samples between 50,000-100,000), the project, if funded, will carry out democracy check-ups between election periods, study non electoral forms of participation as well as the political participation and attitudes of immigrants and refugees in Canada.

Publications - Published

Sana Adi and Patrice Dutil.  “Searching for Strategy: Value for Money Audit Choice in the New Public Management Era.” Canadian Public Administration 61:1 (March 2018): 91-108.

Carolyn M. Johns and Gregory J. Inwood.  “Commissions of Inquiry and Policy Analysis.”  Ch. 11 in Policy Analysis in Canada, 2nd ed., ed. Laurent Dobuzinskis and Michael Howlett, 233-254. Bristol, UK.: Policy Press, 2018.

Whitney Berta, Audrey Laporte, Tyrone Perreira, Liane Ginsburg, Adrian Rohit Dass, Raisa Deber, Andrea Baumann, Lisa Cranley, Ivy Bourgeault, Janet Lum, Brenda Gamble, Kathryn Pilkington, Vinita Haroun, and Paula Neves. “Relationships between work outcomes, work attitudes and work environments of health support workers in Ontario longterm care and home and community care settings.”  Human Resources for Health 16:15 (2018): 11 pp.

Nicole Goodman, R. Michael McGregor, Jérôme Couture, and Sandra Breux. "Digital Disenfranchisement: Considering the Effects of Eliminating Paper Voting in Local Elections."  Policy and Internet 10:2 (June 2018): 164-84. [Reported as forthcoming in the August 2017 DIGEST]

Pamela Palmater.  “The First Nations’ Agenda in the Ontario Election.” The Lawyer’s Daily, 04 June 2018. [Subscription site. Read text of article here.]

Faisal Shaheen. “Comparing Informal Sector Engagement Across Pakistan’s Largest Urban Centers: Lessons in State and Non-state Engagement from Karachi and Lahore.” In Metropolitan Governance in Asia and the Pacific Rim: Borders, Challenges, Futures, ed. Bligh Grant, Cathy Yang Liu, and Lin Ye, 95-122. Singapore: Springer, 2018.

Wayne Lewchuk, Stephanie Procyk, Michelynn Lafleche, Dianne Dyson, Luin Goldring, John Shields and Peter Viduciois. Getting Left Behind: Who Gained and Who Didn’t in an Improving Labour Market. Toronto/Hamilton: PEPSO (Poverty and Employment Precarity in Southern Ontario), McMaster University Social Sciences, and United Way of Greater Toronto, June 2018.