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Summary: Scholarly and Research Activity

February 2019

Academic Presentations

Bryan Evans, Steve McBride and James Watson. “Negotiated Austerity? A Comparative Analysis of Social Concertation in Canada, Ireland, Spain and Denmark.” Presented in Panel III: National Varieties of Austerity at the conference Austerity: Coping is not enough.  Berlin, Germany: Friedrich Ebert Foundation, 22 February 2019.

Bryan Evans. “Wrapping Up.” Concluding remarks at the conference Austerity: Coping is not enough.  Berlin, Germany: Friedrich Ebert Foundation, 22 February 2019.

Daniel Rubenson [with Tara Slough (Columbia University) and Dan Nielson (Brigham Young University)].  “Community Monitoring as a Way to Improve Natural Resource Governance: Six Harmonized Field Experiments.”  Presented at the EGAP Metaketa meeting, Washington DC, 20 February 2019.

John Shields.  Panellist. “Mistrust Thy Neighbor: US-Mexico-Canada Relations in the Age of Trump.”  The Marxe Issues Public Policy Breakfast Series, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs  New York, NY:  City University, of New York, Baruch College, 27 February 2019.

John Shields, Meghan Joy and Siu Mee Cheng. “Austerity and Social Innovation: The Case of Social Innovation Labs (SILs) and Social Impact Bonds (SIBs).” Presented in Panel XI: Implementing Austerity at the conference Austerity: Coping is not enough.  Berlin, Germany: Friedrich Ebert Foundation, 22 February 2019.

John Shields.  Panelist.  “Precarious Work: An Invisible Public Health Crisis” (part of the Community Perspectives on Mental Health and Wellbeing series).  Toronto: Ryerson University, 08 February 2019.

Appointments

Bryan Evans has been appointed as the Academic Director of the Institute for Future Legislators at RyersonThe Institute will provide both students and members of the community who have political aspirations hands-on training and mentorship on how to be an effective legislator.  Offered over three weekends from May to June, in both Toronto and Ottawa, former elected officials, scholars and political journalists will share their expertise and experience with participants – from connecting with constituents and learning the process of passing a law, to role-playing in a simulated parliamentary session and fielding questions from the press.  As Academic Director, Dr. Evans will lead the IFLR’s curriculum development and supporting materials to create a rich, interactive learning environment for students. He will also work closely with the logistics team on all aspects of programming, from inviting practitioners and providing guidance on themes for panel discussions to moderating Q&As with speakers. Finally, Dr. Evans will assist with the supervision of graduate research assistants and facilitators. [from Faculty of Arts announcement: 25 Feb 2019]

Daniel Rubenson has been appointed chair of the steering committee of the Working Group on Governance and Institutions of the Evidence in Governance and Politics network (EGAP).  EGAP is a cross-disciplinary network of researchers (including political scientists, economists, psychologists and others working at universities across the world) and practitioners (including organizations such as the UK Department for International Development, USAID, Merci Corps, the World Bank and others) that is united by a focus on experimental research and is dedicated to generating and disseminating rigorous evidence on topics of governance, politics, and institutions.

Conference Participation

Bryan Evans.  Chair.  Panel I: Austerity in Europe of the conference Austerity: Coping is not enough.  Berlin, Germany: Friedrich Ebert Foundation, 21 February 2019.

Bryan Evans.  Commentator. Panel VI: Austerity Expertise of the conference Austerity: Coping is not enough.  Berlin, Germany: Friedrich Ebert Foundation, 22 February 2019.

Bryan Evans.  Moderator of the session Taking the Lead: Establishing the Framework for Innovation and Change at Disruption, Change and Shifting Mindsets, the National Leadership Conference of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. Toronto: 12 Feb 2019.

Publications - Published

Dieter Plehwe, Moritz Neujeffski, Stephen McBride and Bryan Evans, ed.  Austerity: 12 Myths Exposed. London: Social Europe, 2019.

  • Bryan Evans, Stephen McBride and James Watson. “Democratic Austerity? Social Concertation in the Neoliberal State.”  In Austerity: 12 Myths Exposed, ed. Dieter Plehwe, Moritz Neujeffski, Stephen McBride and Bryan Evans, 81-85.  London: Social Europe, 2019.

Myer Siemiatycki, R. Michael McGregor & Adrienne Davidson. “Ontario School Board Trustee Candidate Project: The Sociodemographic, Attitudinal, and Experiential Characteristics of School Board Candidates and Trustees.” Report prepared for the Ontario Education Services Corporation, February 2019.

Publications - Accepted for Publication

Bryan Evans and Marcel Goguen. “Policy Paradigms and the Structure of the State Apparatus: Embedding Neoliberalism.”  Austerity Against Democracy: Work, Welfare and the Remaking of Global Capitalism – Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research 30 (2019).

R. Michael McGregor and Jack Lucas. “Who has School Spirit? Explaining Voter Participation in School Board Elections.” Canadian Journal of Political Science, forthcoming.

Meghan Joy, John Shields and Siu Mee Cheng. “Social Innovation Labs: A Neoliberal Austerity Driven Process or Democratic Intervention?” Austerity Against Democracy: Work, Welfare and the Remaking of Global Capitalism – Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research 30 (2019).