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Mabel Arellano is in her final year at York University as an undergraduate student in Work and Labour Studies. She is currently the Treasurer of the Work and Labour Studies Student Association and is pursuing a career in Union and community organizing. She has experience in social work and labour related fields as a Housing Support Worker and Junior Member Organizer. She is interested in exploring ways in which legal, civil, political, immigration, and labour rights and protections can be extended democratically to excluded, marginalized and underserved communities as a path towards empowerment and integration.
My name is Hasan Arshad and I'm going into my final year as a student of HRM! I first got introduced to the GLRC through my experience of working as a DARE student. Throughout my time, I got to research and understand different segments of workers and their first-hand issues while navigating through the COVID-19 Pandemic. I decided to become a student associate at the GLRC to continue in understanding various individuals in the workforce. After all, as an HR, it's significant to know this to help an organization at large.
Christina Love is an undergraduate student pursuing a Honors Double Major in Indigenous Studies and French. She is the current Equity Officer for the York Debating Society and was formerly the President of the YDS and the Director of Public Relations for the Palestine Solidarity Collective. She is a human rights activist who has translated labour praxis into a unionization attempt at her former place of employment, Shoppers Drug Mart. Christina's interests lie in direct action and community organization aimed at producing targeted and tangible results to peoples who face exploitation politically, economically, and socially. Her views firmly echo the position of Reni Eddo-Lodge that, "liberation for some is liberation for none," and she thus takes an intersectional approach to research and action. She is the 2020/21 undergraduate DARE student for the GLRC's 'Workers' Voices Interview Series,' a qualitative project investigating the impacts of COVID-19 on work and livelihood. Christina's ultimate goal lies in becoming an elementary school teacher, using her position on the inside of the state educational apparatus to subvert state-biased curriculum and to empower youth.
I am an undergraduate student at York University, Political Science. As a Turkish born Kurd, my research interests are Kurdish conflict, the condition of labour in areas of ethnic conflict, globalization and neoliberalism. Currently, for better addressing those issues, I am working on the subjects of the naturally of state apparatus, theories of development, and the nature of rational and collective action in society.
Nathi Zamisa is a Mohawk College (Business) Marketing graduate in his third and final year of an Honours Double-Major in Work & Labour Studies and Environmental Studies at York University. Nathi was born in Hamilton, Ontario, were he graduate from College, but he spent most of his time in university living off-campus in the Village ay York University Heights. During that time, he co-founded the York Village Housing Association (YVHA), a student-led outreach group dedicated helping anyone looking for/living in a place in the Village. In 2020, he was elected as the Co-Chair of the "re-envisioned" Environmental and Urban Change Students’ Association (EUCSA). He was also elected as a member of the Student Senator Caucus, as representative for EUCSA, and a member of the Black Studies in Geography & the Environment Hiring Committee for the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (EUC). He is currently the Secretary for the EUC Black Caucus, as well as for the Work & Labour Studies Student Association. Nathi's goal is to become an Employment Lawyer in the near future; a member of society that helps protect workers from various social locations materially and symbolically.
Rawan Abdelbaki is a doctoral student at the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. She holds a BA in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Toronto, and completed her MA studies at York University with a research review paper titled Neoliberalism and Canadian Immigration: Rethinking the Land of (In)Opportunity. Her research interests lie in the areas of transnational migration, citizenship, political economy, racialization, political subjectivities, and diaspora studies. Her work is inspired by a smorgasbord of theoretical traditions, namely marxist, feminist, anti-racist, and postcolonial approaches. Rawan is also a labour activist involved with the Fight for $15 and Fairness campaign at York.
Samson Adewumi is a doctoral student in the discipline of Industrial, Organisational and Labour Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He submitted his PhD thesis in November, 2018 titled: casualization and trade union survival strategies in the Nigerian beverage sector, and he is due for graduation April, 2019. He has published three articles, where he was a lead author in one of these publications. He holds his Bsc in Psychology from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and completed his Msc in Employment and Labour Studies from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. His research interests span across contemporary issues in labour and employment studies. Chiefly, his interests include emergent issues in labour law, atypical employment, globalization and work, trends and structure of the informal economy, research methods, and the responsiveness of the labour unions to ascending growth of informalisation.
Kritee’s interests lie in the study of the dailiness of work in Toronto and London, UK public transport organizations, in which the importance of customer service is increasingly emphasized. To investigate how this organizational discourse influences the understanding of work that serves the public, he uses a broad theoretical approach that integrates governmentality studies, political economy and cultural studies. Kritee also has an evolving interest in race and racialization in the contemporary Canadian policy-making context.
Mishall Ahmed is a PhD student in the Department of Politics at York University. Her research focuses on the use and applications of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in North American immigration processes. She is interested in the challenges posed by the proliferation of AI in every day life, the gendered and racialized effects of automation (as achieved through through AI and machine intelligence) on labor and labor organization, the processes of data abstraction, data imperialism, and the political economy of techno-scientific innovations.
Benjamin Anderson is a PhD Candidate in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University (SFU) where he studies craft labour and worker organizing in creative industries. Specifically, his work interrogates the class dimensions of the recent uptick in interest in artisanry and making, particularly in the global north, and the potential for organizing in so-called craft industries. In addition to his studies, he teaches course in SFU's Labour Studies Program and in Communication.
Sean Antaya is a PhD student in the Department of Politics at York University. He holds an Honours BA in Political Science and History from the University of Windsor and MA in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies from Trent University. His MA thesis examined the New Left and rank-and-file organizing in Windsor, Ontario during the 1970s. His PhD research will examine the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) during the 1970s and the union’s conflicts with the Canadian state during that period. Broadly speaking, Sean is interested in labour and working-class history, the history of the Left, and Marxist theory.
Asma's doctoral project seeks to use a capabilities-based approach to evaluate environmental justice issues faced by migrant workers. She is a PhD student at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. She holds a BA in International Relations from American University of Sharjah and an LLM in Environmental Regulation and Sustainable Development from Newcastle University. Her research interests include environmental law and policy, justice theory, human rights and development studies.
Chris Bailey is a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Program in Political Science at York University. His research interests focus on political theory, comparative politics, political economy, labour studies and education policy in Canada. Bailey's doctoral research compares the different strategies of neoliberal education restructuring in Ontario and British Columbia. Further, he examines teachers' union struggles against neoliberal education restructuring in those provinces. Bailey graduated with a Master's Degree in Political Science from the University of New Brunswick. He is also an active member of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3903, representing York graduate students and contract faculty.
Shahab is a doctoral candidate in Humanities at York University where he has also completed an MA in Humanities. He holds an MBA and a BA in Economics from McMaster University. His additional qualifications are in commercial aviation. His current research interests examine human work interactions in the aerospace industry to investigate professional labour sustainability barriers. The critical importance of Canada’s expertise and competitiveness in aerospace merits proactive research. In this industry, pre-pandemic skilled labour shortages have challenged the recruitment, development and retention of the highly specialized, intellectual workforce it relies on. Strategic home grown partnerships and immigration policies have been devised to facilitate recruitment gaps, yet other factors continue to hinder retention scale of both domestic and foreign sourced professionals. Apart from recognized forms of dissention following migration, what is contributing to career changes, career exiting and voluntary expatriate assignments that is also draining industry talent? Mobilities of professional labour and emerging Asian capabilities challenge the traditional career migration patterns. An exploration of aircraft maintenance engineers and commercial airline pilots is scrutinized to determine what issues threaten to make Canada the gateway skill supplier to its competitors. Is there a need for re-evaluating the post COVID-19 industry recovery phase?
Drew Danielle Belsky
Drew Danielle Belsky is a PhD candidate in Science and Technology Studies (STS) at York University in Toronto. She also holds an MA from York University in Interdisciplinary Studies (combining Fine Art, Critical Disability Studies, and STS) and the Diplôme National Supérieur d’Etudes Plastiques (DNSEP) in studio art from the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (now Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin) in Strasbourg, France. Situated at the intersection of STS, disability studies, and visual arts, Drew’s current research focuses on the role of professional medical illustrators in the visual cultures of medicine and in the formation and maintenance of biomedical knowledge practices. Her dissertation, entitled "Making bodies, making kin: Story-telling and the professionalization of medical illustrators in North America," combines ethnographic and archival research to explore the professionalization of North American medical illustrators, most of whom are women, in order to provide new insight into both the gendered dynamics of scientific labour and the epistemic role of image-making in medicine. This work has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) and Associated Medical Services (AMS) Doctoral Completion Award. Drew’s work has been published in several edited collections.
Aishwarya Bhattacharyya has completed BA Honours in Political Science (along with minors in Economics and History) from the Presidency College, University of Calcutta, and MA in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. She has also completed her M. Phil (which is a pre-PhD degree) in Political Science at JNU. She is currently an MA student in Development Studies at York University, where she is a part of a team of scholars working on Professor Raju Das’ SSHRC Insight project on neoliberal-capitalist industrialization. Aishwarya will be examining how capitalist accumulation, wages, and trade union struggle are inter-connected in late-industrializing Indian cities. Staying affiliated with the leftist mass organization, Students’ Federation of India, she has been an elected Councillor (2016-17), Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union . She has also received many awards for her academic accomplishments, including the Lord Bhikhu Parekh Nirman Foundation Fellowship in 2014.
Doug Billyard is a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. He holds an Honours BA in Sociology & Labour Studies and an MA in Critical Sociology, both from Brock University. His primary research interests have been in the area of work and organization, focusing specifically on labour-management partnership arrangements in the automotive and manufacturing sectors. Future research will focus on the project of revitalizing the manufacturing sector in the Ontario marketplace.
Paul Bocking is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Program in Geography at York University. His research interests centre on labour movements, education policy and political economy in Canada, Mexico and the United States. His recent and continuing projects include studying union organizing and Canadian mining companies in Mexico, the development and transnational movement of neoliberal education policy, and teachers' unions in North America. He combined these interests in the independent feature-length documentary film 2 Revolución: Free Trade, Mexico and North America (2012). The film highlights the emergence and impacts of neoliberal policies in Mexico, particularly relating to migration, maquiladoras and the privatization of education, and was winner of the 2012 Documentary Bronze Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival. Bocking graduated with a Master's Degree in Work and Society from McMaster University, and worked for several years as an adult educator and high school teacher of literacy, geography and history with the Toronto District School Board. Bocking is an activist in the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation and in his community of Scarborough, Ontario. Recent publications include "Canadian Mining and Labor Struggles in Mexico: The Challenges of Union Organizing," WorkingUSA: Journal of Labor and Society 16 (13): 331-350.
Jana Borras is currently pursuing her MA in Sociology at York University. Jana's research areas of interest are migration, gender, work and transnationalism. She is particularly interested in Canada's Livein caregiver program, a temporary foreign worker program, that attracted Filipino women health care workers to work in Canada. She is interested in how the program uses the notion of citizenship and precarious migrant status to regulate the subordination of these workers. Furthermore, the program further exploits these workers by subjecting them to precarious employment and vulnerable economic status.
Peter’s research focuses on the revitalization of working class movements in the context of the relationship between transformations in urban space, capitalism, and the rescaling of the state. His research flows from fourteen years of activist experience in a wide range of social justice struggles and organizations, including as a union activist and staff organizer. This practice has, from beginning to end, informed his dissertation, which is entitled Our Union, Our City: The Geography of a Rank and File Teachers’ Rebellion. Taking a critical ethnographic approach that draws on heterodox approaches in urban political economy, antiracist and feminist scholarship in labour studies, education policy, and human geography, it examines the relationship between global city development in Chicago and New York and the nexus of education policy and teacher unionism. In it he unravels the unique constraints and possibilities that exist in global cities for the revitalization of working class power.
David Bush is a PhD student in the Social and Political Thought program at York. He is also an editor at RankandFile.ca, a Canadian trade union news website.
Gizem Cakmak is a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. Her research interests focus broadly on political economy of gender, work and labour, feminist political economy, and social policy analysis. As an intersectional feminist labour activist, she is interested in studying various forms of organizing in the context of social movement unionism, and how these organizations draw upon, are limited, and transformed by the legal environment defined by the state and the capital under neoliberalism. Her dissertation research focuses on privatization and healthcare restructuring in Ontario (1995-2018) with a focus on changing workplace practices and their impact on workers, and collective labour responses.
Andrea Campbell is a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. Her research interests focus broadly on the political economy of gender, work, and health. Campbell's doctoral research examines the occupational health and safety of front-line long-term residential care workers in the new global economy. In particular, her dissertation research explores the health hazards frontline long-term residential care workers face in the context of their care work; care workers experiences and/or perceptions of care work, working conditions, workplace safety, including risk and violence in long-term care settings; how the hazards front-line long-term residential care workers face are related to larger structural factors and actors, and what front-line workers are doing to shape/influence/resist/challenge the conditions of their work.
As a graduate researcher at York University, Victoria conducted an eight-month study analyzing the Ontario government’s responses to COVID-19 in long-term care and wrote a corresponding 80-page paper. Designed as a tool for advocacy, her research informs public health practices and policies while promoting structural changes. She is also currently researching for and designing the university’s risk assessment tool informing sexual violence response and assisting in developing a community resource guide for survivors, which includes her research on the neurobiology of the brain and trauma’s impacts.
Christopher John Chanco
Christopher Chanco is a master’s student at the Department of Geography. He is broadly interested in the geographies of social movements and transnational labour solidarity as the latter touches on questions of race and settler colonialism. Current research revolves around how cross-border solidarities are negotiated and contested, focusing in particular on the Canadian labour movement’s engagements with such as issues as migrant workers’ rights, Israel-Palestine, and the anti-war movement. A freelance writer and amateur photographer, he has published pieces in a number of publications and was for a few years involved with civil society groups in the Philippines.
Yvonne Connage is a PhD student in the Graduate Program in Social & Political Thought at York University. She Holds a Honours Bachelor of Arts with a major in Equity Studies and a Specialist in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto and completed her M. Ed at Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto in Sociology and Equity Studies. Her research interests lie in the areas of precarious labour, immigration, race, and gender. I will combine ethnographic fieldwork of migrant Workers who works on the back stretch of race tracks within North America and in Dubai.
Lacey Croft is a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. She holds an Honours BA and MA in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Broadly, her research interests include workplace restructuring, employment standards, and workplace health and safety. More specifically, Croft’s doctoral dissertation examines the use of Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) for deterring risk in the workplace following job loss, mass layoff, or company closure. It chiefly considers the varied articulations of workplace critical incident and traces the role of CISD in defining employees as potential victims that in turn justify forms of psychological intervention. Lacey is also the winner of the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies' 2016 New Voices in Labour Studies paper prize.
Arunita Das is a masters student in Socio-Legal Studies at York University. She holds an Honours BA in Sociology from York University. Das’ current research interests lie in the race and gender relations in criminalized work environments, specifically in perceptions of sex work, and human rights. She is also interested in historical sociology, colonialism; race and racialization, historical injustice, and criminalization.
Joseph Fantauzzi is a doctoral student in the Department of Politics at York University. He holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration from Ryerson University. His master’s major research, entitled Ontario’s Coercive Neoliberal Experiment, concerns Ontario government spending priorities in the midst of neoliberal economic and labour restructuring. Before that, he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from York University, where he majored in political science. Joseph has worked as a research assistant for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Ontario office and as a newspaper journalist in southern Ontario covering politics and justice. His research interests include critical political economy, Ontario politics, political theory, labour rights and activism, and public policy & administration in the neoliberal era.
Marisa is an Argentinean scholar doing research on the not-so-neat division between work/non-work from a socio-legal perspective. In particular, she focuses on claims for labour recognition of sex workers and waste pickers in Córdoba-Argentina. Marisa is currently an advanced PhD candidate in the Law and Society International Program at the Università degli studi di Milano. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Sociology of Law from the IISJ-Oñati and has a Law degree from the National University of Córdoba, Argentina. She takes an active research approach in her work.
Lynette Fischer is a PhD student in the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology at York University. Her research combines ethnographic fieldwork with the anthropology of policy and practice to explore how immigration professionals negotiate and implement recent changes to Canadian immigration policies. Focusing, in particular, on how the Provincial Nominee Program significantly narrows previous eligibility requirements, and increasingly defines an immigrant’s “suitability” through labour market logic. This research looks at how local administrators “make policy” by translating policy changes into everyday practice, and explores how these changes affect the political subjectivities of those in administrative roles who are positioned to radically transform the lives of prospective immigrants, and the impact that this has on economic immigrants
Priscilla Fisher is a PhD student in economic sociology from the University of New England, Australia. She holds a Masters degree in Economic and Regional development and a Bachelors degree in Economics, both from the University of New England. She also completed a semester abroad at the University of Copenhagen, completing a seminar paper in the field of behavioral labor economics. Priscilla’s research interests are centered around women’s work in the coffee global value chain, with a particular focus on the division of labor among smallholder coffee farmers in Central America and Africa. Priscilla founded an all-female coffee roastery in Australia in 2017, which guided her Master’s research into women’s land rights in coffee producing countries.
Kelly Flinn is a PhD student in the Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought at York University. Her interests include the politics of work in contemporary capitalism and labour movement renewal. Her current SSHRC funded research examines artistic and craft-based working identities, economies, and collective organization in Canada and the United States.
Niloofar Golkar is a doctoral student in the Department of Politics at York University. Her Ph.D. research interests are on Social relations of AI, unemployment, and state and her Master's research and MRP was on Rethinking the Centre; Critique of the Theory of the Primitive Accumulation and the Situation of the Temporary Working Women In Ontario. She is an editor of the Upping the Anti, Journal of Theory and Action.
Julia Goyal is pursuing a Joint Interdisciplinary PhD at the University of Waterloo between the School of Public Health and Health Systems and Department of Mechatronics and Mechanical Engineering. She is a student member of the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation and a member of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health Conference Board of Directors. Though her research interests are inherently broad ranging and expanding, her research interests lie at the intersection of work, health and technology. Her Master’s research focused on the health and safety situation of Airbnb, particularly on the risk perceptions and risk management of users. Her current work focuses on how front-line care workers and long-term care homes timely, accurate and appropriate feedback to enable them to plan and provide care to elderly populations in situations where care provision is often stressful.
Ali is a PhD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. His dissertation examines the imperial and legal history of Iraq through the lens of labour struggles and strikes, specifically of the oil, railway and port workers (circa 1921-1963). His broader research interests are in Middle East history, legal theory, Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) and Marxist theory. He holds an LL.M from the University of Leeds and a B.A. in philosophy and political science from the University of Toronto. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, he articled at the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Ontario Human Rights Legal Support Centre.
Keah Hansen is a PhD student with in the Communications and Culture department at York University. She holds an MA in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, and an Honours BA in English Literature at McGill University. Her doctoral research focuses on exploring the relationship between the growth and evolution of finance, and the development of finance-influenced practices in public culture. Her research interests generally lie within finance studies, infrastructure studies, critical theory and the implications of neoliberalism for culture.
John Hayes is a Master's student in the Department of Political Science at York University. He holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia in Latin American Studies. His research interests include the mining industry and extractives, developmental states, migration and forced displacement, and political economy. His MA research examines the role of the mining industry in challenging local governance structures and changing demographics in select communities of rural Oaxaca, Mexico.
Munjeera has worked as an ESL Instructor and supervisor at a school board. She has a MEd from Brock University and is currently a 4th year PhD student in Social and Political Thought. The combination of her education and experience sparked an interest in migration, labour rights and anti-oppressive management. After hearing for many years from newcomer voices, Munjeera is interested in advocating for change in immigration education management and policies.
My doctoral project is a direct result of my life experiences as a rainbow mother, an Indian mother and a first-generation immigrant to this land. I explore unpaid care performed by mothers in a pandemic through Indigenous-immigrant relationalities. I adopt the theoretical concept of grounded normativity and place-based solidarity, advocated by Indigenous academicians like Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and Glen Coulthard. They recognize how human and other life forms can have reciprocal and non-exploitative relationships. Even though gender-disproportionate burden on unpaid care giving has been highlighted through decades , racial precarity has only increased the detrimental emotional health effects on mothers in this pandemic. As a first-generation immigrant settler, acknowledging the privilege of being a cis-gendered heterosexual mother, I explore mothering through the lens of race, caste and Indigeneity. My research situates motherhood and pandemic as a new dimension within dynamic conversations of various settler scholars in highlighting entangled experiences of various immigrant and other marginalized communities in the context of genocides faced by Indigenous populations across the lands across decades. My pandemic autoethnography is a part of an e-book on Covid-19 and migration.In future, I want to amplify my learning by engaging with community within and beyond academia.
Alia Karim is a Ph. D candidate at the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. She earned a Master of Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University and Honours Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Mount Allison University. Her research interests include Indigenous and non-Indigenous alliances, labour-community coalitions, labour geography, decolonization, land-based direct actions, Marxist, anti-racist and feminist political economy, and ecosocialism. She is currently a coordinator of the Fight for $15 and Fairness campaign at York and co-chair of Accessibility, Community, Equity (ACE). Additionally, she is a member of Real Food Real Jobs, Toronto Worker’s History Project and the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council. You can follow her on Twitter.
Bruce Kecskes is a Masters student in the department of political science. His research interests concern the relationship between the global political economy and labour politics. Specifically he is concerned with the effect that ongoing neoliberal marketisation has had on the precariatization of the working class. His Masters research project is intended to analyze the variegated modes of resistance to neoliberal globalization pursued by precariatized members of the labour community. He is particularly interested in the relationship between globalization, precarious labour, and the resurgence of atavistic forms of nationalist politics.
Konstantin Kilibarda is a PhD candidate in Political Science at York University. His dissertation addresses neoliberal restructuring in Montenegro and its impact on working lives and notions of citizenship in the newly independent state. The project is based on interviews with local workers and organizers. His research interests include processes of neoliberalization; labor market reforms; gendered and racialized labour market segmentation; globalization; precarious work; deindustrialization; informal economies; post-socialist transitions; transnational criminal networks; social movements; post-colonial theory; international relations; settler-colonialism; and the political economy of new media. Kilibarda currently teaches in the School of Labour Studies at McMaster University.
Candies Kotchapaw is a Master of Social Work student at York University. She is an emerging researcher whose interest looks at the issues of race relations in Canada. Her current research paper submission is a pre-cursor to the Major Research component of her Master of Social Work degree, looking at how social work education has been constructed to inadvertently replicate colonial practices that the profession itself fundamentally opposes. Candies’ aim is to further study the absence of social work in the practice space of Canadian Public Policy. In so doing, create a space for racialized social workers to see public policy as a legitimate place for social work practice as opposed to determining that direct social work practice is the only way to further social justice, advocacy and education within the Canadian society.
Kait Kribs is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in the Joint Program in Communication and Culture at York University/Ryerson University. She holds a MA in Popular Culture and a BA in Communication, Media and Culture Studies from Brock University. Focusing on issues of labour in the the cultural industries, Kait’s research concentrates on the increased reliance upon digital distribution platforms, the rise of disintermediation, and its impact upon the labour conditions of independent and emerging musicians.
Laura Lam is a PhD student at the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto and researcher with CERC. She completed her Master of Arts in Immigration and Settlement Studies at Ryerson University, and her research interest is at the nexus of migration, employment and gender. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia with a specialization in marketing and sustainability. She has previously worked in a marketing capacity with various startups and technology accelerators. She currently serves as co-editor for open-access publishing platform, The Migration Initiative.
Danielle is a PhD student in the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. She holds a BA in Sociology and a certificate in Accessible Practices from Ryerson University and an MA in Sociology from York University. Broadly, her research interests include critical disability studies, mad studies, and sociology of health and illness. Her SSHRC-funded doctoral research aims to re-theorize how we understand accessibility for people with psychiatric disabilities in the workplace. This research will involve conducting a case study of social enterprises run by psychiatric consumer/survivors operating in Ontario. Danielle currently teaches the course Mad People’s History in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University.
She has published in Disability & Society, Studies in the Education of Adults, and Studies in Social Justice.
Chris Little is a doctoral student in the Department of Politics at York University. His research is on the political economy of labour migration and dispossession, with a focus on how regimes of accumulation interact with migration in a process of class formation that is fundamental to the structure of the global economy. He is interested in understanding how unequal development and exchange shape the lives and journeys of people who migrate for labour-related reasons, their changing and expanding role in the global economy, and the prospects for migration justice and systemic transformation engendered by these movements.
Nadjie Danielle Magsumbol
Dani Magsumbol is a doctoral student in the Department of Politics at York University. Her research interests focuses on the Filipinx-Canadian labour diaspora, and the subsequent social reproductive choices that migrant families make in "becoming" Filipinx-Canadian, with a particular focus on migrant families headed by women who acquired permanent resident status through the Live-In Caregiver Program (1992-2013). She completed her MSc in Planning at the University of Toronto, where her research focused on the bifurcated nature of privacy within middle- and upper-class Canadian homes that employed full-time waged workers through the Live-In Caregiver Program, and the way that safety within these peculiar and often hostile work environments was experienced and understood by the temporary migrant workers.
Christopher Mastrocola is a graduate student in Social and Political Thought at York University. His broad research interests include political economy, political theory, labour relations, technology and labour, participatory economics, and the concept of alienation within the labour process. His most recent SSHRC funded research focuses on the theory and practice of cooperatives with the field of social economy. More specifically, it seeks to situate this theory and practice within a broader historical context in order to critically examine its limits and potentials.
Tinu K. Mathew
Tinu Koithara Mathew is currently a PhD student with the School of Human Resource Management, York University. He holds a Master’s degree in Labor Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India (through Global Labor University, ILO). He was also a DAAD Scholar in the Labor Policies and Globalization program with the University of Kassel, Germany. He has an under graduate degree is in Engineering. He has work experience in the field of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations with multinational corporations, non-governmental organizations and trade unions. He worked as a research intern with a non-governmental organization and a trade union during his Master’s program and the full text of his research is available here. His areas of interest in Industrial Relations include precarious work in informal economy, unionization of informal sector workers, collective bargaining and tripartite set up, decent work in informal economy, labor laws and informal sector workers and the contribution of education and skill development to the overall growth of human capital in informal economy.
Carli Melo is a Ph.D. student in York University’s Graduate Program in Geography. Her doctoral research addresses questions of workers’ struggles, migration, and uneven development, which she is pursing through fieldwork in Myanmar (Burma). Carli holds a Master’s degree in Planning from the University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from McGill University. Carli’s doctoral study emerges from her prior involvement in a three-year research and advocacy project on the working conditions of migrants employed in special economic zones across Myanmar, Thailand, and Cambodia, as a project coordinator for the Mekong Migration Network – a network of civil society organizations and research institutes working to promote the rights of migrant workers and their families in mainland Southeast Asia.
Rupinder is a third year doctoral student in the Graduate Program in Geography at York University. She holds a HBA in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Toronto, and completed her MA in Political Studies from Queen’s University in Kingston. Her dissertation examines the relation between the political economy of uneven development and its political implications - opportunities and challenges for mobilization - for communist parties. She is examining this in the specific context of India, which is home to a large number of communist parties and has seen communist party rule at the sub-national scale. Her research interests, more broadly, converge around revolutionary movements and their histories, as well as gender dynamics within these movements and their component parts.
Alexandra Mirowski Rabelo de Souza
Alexandra Mirowski Rabelo de Souza is a PhD student in Sociology and the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) Graduate Diploma program. She completed her MA in Public Issues Anthropology and International Development Studies at the University of Guelph and received an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Trent University. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, she spent two years living and working in central Brazil. Alexandra's main research interest is in (im)migration, with a focus on topics related to pathways to permanent legal status, precarious work and status, student-migrant turned (im)migrant experiences, immigrant service provision, immigrant integration, social inclusion and exclusion, transnational migration, as well as citizenship and belonging. Her dissertation research examines pathways to permanent legal status, the inherent precarity in this process, and the ways in which legal service professionals use their positionality to help or hinder individuals seeking permanent residency in Canada.
A Queen’s University business graduate, holding a Master of International Business degree with over ten years of international experience in the Business industry. Throughout my career, I helped multinational corporations in Client Servicing, Sales, Marketing and Human Resources. My passion goes for academic research, assisting professors and the research community in various research areas related to Human Resource Management. Additionally, presenting research topics at different conferences and finding solutions to the industry challenges is where I see myself growing and developing. Currently, I am a Ph.D. student in Human Resource Management at York University.
Georgette Morris is a PhD Candidate in the Doctoral Program in Public Administration at the University of Ottawa. She holds an Honours BA in Human Rights and Equity Studies, a BA in Social Science and an MA in Public Policy Administration and Law, all from York University. Her primary research interests have been in the area of labour, policy, equity, human rights and citizenship, focusing specifically on labour-conditions for those employed in precarious areas (Live in caregiver). Future research will focus on the experiences of racialized Jamaican women in service based work in the GTA.
Zahra Nader is a Ph.D. student in Gender, Feminist & Women’s Studies at York University. Her research focuses on the political history of Afghan women from the 1960s to the 1990s. From 2011 to 2017, she has worked as a journalist with local and international media—including The New York Times—in Kabul, Afghanistan. She has also published in the Guardian, ABC News, Deutsche Welle, and Huffington Post.
Amadeus Narbutt is an MA student in Political Science at the Department of Politics at York University in Toronto. He graduated from the University of Guelph with a BA in Political Science and is focused on intersections of global political economy and conflict. His proposed Major Research Project addresses the viability of worker cooperatives as a strategy for post-conflict development and peace-building in the Global South. Amadeus’ aim is to shine light on potential new foreign aid strategies, as well as investigate the emergence of digital networks of worker cooperatives and solidarity economies as a form of resistance to neoliberalism.
Trung Ngo is a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Program in Social & Political Thought at York University. He holds a MA in Philosophy and MBA from York University, and a Bachelor in Engineering from McGill University. His research interests are in business and society with focus on the intersection between international labour movement and the future of work in the digital age. He brings extensive international management experience in his research.
Jennifer O'Connor is a student in the Social and Political Thought program at York University. In her research and practice, she focuses on feminist theory, health humanities, ecology, and political philosophy. A writer, artist, and activist, her writing has been published in the Toronto Star, Chatelaine, BUST, Bitch, Turbo Chicks:
Talking Young Feminisms, Feminist Theatre and Performance, and Women’s Health: Readings on Social, Economic, and Political Issues, among others. She has held residencies with the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and the Feminist Art Collective. She currently sits on the board of the Red Maple Foundation, publisher of This Magazine. Jennifer is a graduate of Queen's School of Policy Studies. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queen's and a journalism degree from Ryerson. In her spare time, she knits, gardens, sews and cooks.
Nick Palombo is a doctoral student in Political Science at York University. He is currently working on his Ph.D. thesis, titled: Digital Labour in the Political Economy of Platform Nano-Influencers. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Western University and completed his M.A. in International Affairs (specializing in Global Governance) from the New School University in New York, USA. His primary research interest involve contemporary work and employment issues. His key interests include emerging problems in digital labour markets, new modes of employment driven by digital technology, the digitalization and datafication of work and leisure, the gamification of labour, subaltern, hidden forms of digital value-production, globalization and digital work, and the emerging informal political economy of digital information.
Rohini is a history PhD student at the University of Toronto, at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. She is interested in understanding how the dynamics of the private sector, states, and civil society play various roles in governing and managing global natural resource distribution, and how access and equality to material needs can be better enabled. Rohini completed a BASc in engineering from the University of Toronto and an MA in History from the University of Warwick.
Charvaak Pati is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at York University. Pati's research interests are in the areas of Marxism, labour movements, and state theory. The doctoral dissertation looks at the dialectic of trade union ideology and class consciousness among autoworkers in India.
Nausheen Quayyum is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at York University. She holds an MA in Development Studies from York University and an Honours BA in Political Science from the University of Toronto. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “Women Workers in Bangladesh’s Garment Industry: Class Consciousness, Agency and Organized Dissent,” investigates the changing geographies of capitalist production and its impact on labour activism in the export-oriented, ready-made garment industry in Bangladesh.
Sarah Redikopp (she/her) is a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Program of Gender, Feminist & Women's Studies at York University. Her research undertakes an intersectional analysis of self-harm and access to existing mental health supports in contexts of southwestern Ontario. Sarah's research interests include political economies of mental health and madness, social reproduction and health, violence and mental health care, Mad Studies, and feminist, queer, and Mad epistemologies.
Jacqueline Ristola is a masters student in Cinema and Media Studies at York University. She graduated with an Honours degree in Film and Media Studies at Calvin College. She is the co-editor of the Society for Animation Studies’ blog, Animation Studies 2.0. Her work can be found in Animation Studies and the film magazine Bright Wall/Dark Room. Her research interests include the exploitation of labour in the Japanese animation industry, and the cross cultural exchanges between Japanese and American animators.
Sarah is a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. She holds an MA in Sociology from York University and an Honours BA in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Western Ontario. Rogers' current research interests include union renewal, workplace restructuring, labour standards, women and work, and youth and employment. Her dissertation examines trade union responses to declining labour standards in Ontario’s unionized food retail sector.
Salil R. Sapre is a PhD student in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. Prior to joining the PhD program at MSU, he received a master’s degree in Human Resources and Labor Relations from MSU in 2016. As a doctoral student, he is interested in gender and work; comparative employment relations; informal work; worker mobilization and organization; and labor implications of global supply chains.
Siobhán Saravanamuttu is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Politics at York University. She holds an MA in Political Science from York University and an Honours BA in Community Development and Policy Studies from Ontario Tech University. Her doctoral research examines employment and labour policy for intellectually disabled workers in Ontario from materialist disability studies, feminist political economy, and anti-work perspectives. She is broadly interested in questions of work, social reproduction, and institutional violence.
Lisa Seiler is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at York University. She holds a BMath from the University of Waterloo and a BA and MA in sociology from McMaster University. Lisa has worked in the corporate sector and the non-profit sector, and has worked on committees and events with municipal and regional government employees, enabling her to observe a range of employment environments. As a member of the environmental movement, she experienced a puzzling disconnect between that movement and the labour movement. Her studies in political economy have led to an interest in a shorter work week.
David Semaan is a PhD student in the department of Politics at York University. His work focuses on social movements, critical race and gender theory. He takes primary interests in political formation of subjectivity engaging with histories of political thought that inform developments of property, whiteness, racialization as well as sexual and gender social organization. Some recent research interests turn towards the racial ramifications of technological developments adopted by policing and surveillance to protect the the preservation of 'private property'.
Reena Shadaan is a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University. Her work concerns the gendered dimensions of environmental justice, occupational health, and relations of toxicity. Shadaan’s doctoral work focuses on the labour conditions and occupational hazards that affect nail technicians in the Greater Toronto Area.
Priyanka is a current JD student at Osgoode Hall Law School, with an interest in workers’ rights, discrimination law, union-side labour law, and constitutional litigation. Prior to law school, Priyanka completed a MA and BA (Hons) at the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto. Priyanka is a caseworker at Parkdale Community Legal Services in the Worker’s Rights division, working on individual cases of employment standards violations for non-unionized, migrant, and low-income workers, and also aiding to build worker power with those who come to PCLS with the Workers’ Action Centre, $15 & Fairness, and the Caregivers Action Centre. Priyanka hopes to always ground their work in the lived experience of workers disenfranchised by colonial, capitalist, and hereto-patriarchal systems and follow their leadership.
Karina Shnaiderman is currently pursuing her Masters of Environmental Studies at York University. Focusing on co-operative business models within agriculture and farm incubators for her Major Research Project, her research interests include improving opportunities for new and upcoming farmers, agricultural policies, and labour movements within the farming sector. Having several years of experience working as a farm labourer and community garden supervisor, Karina is passionate about combining academic innovation with on the ground field work to create long term and sustainable changes within the agriculture sector. She is an Associate Member of the National Farmers Union, and an avid film photographer with aspirations of photo-documenting the next generation of Canadian farmers. You can see her photography at www.karinashnaiderman.com.
Michael Smith is a doctoral student in Sociology at York University. He was previously the Deputy Director of the Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA), a progressive research institute based in Cape Town, South Africa. His research has spanned the political economy of extractivism in Africa, inequality in South Africa and “decolonisation” and reform of higher education. His work has been published by the United Nations University Wider, Trade and Industrial Policy Solutions, South Africa, the Development Bank of Southern Africa. In 2019 he edited a book volume titled Confronting Inequality: The South African Crisis. Michael previously served as Deputy Editor of New Agenda: South African Journal of Social and Economic Policy. He is currently an editorial assistant for the same journal. He is a member of the editorial collective of Amandla! Magazine, a popular South African activist magazine. Michael was a founding member of the steering committee of the Rethinking Economics for Africa (REFA) festival. REFA is a student-led movement challenging neoclassical orthodoxy in the teaching of economics in Africa.
Cynthia Spring is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at York University. She holds an MA in Politics from York University. Her MA thesis focused on health care reform, the privatization of social reproduction, and a landmark pay equity case involving Ontario midwives. Through the lens of feminist political economy, her doctoral research historicizes and compares the normalization of student debt and the expansion of educational migration in Canada’s settler colonial and capitalist context. This project examines processes of privatization shaping publicly assisted universities in Ontario to ask whether and to what extent these changes shift the organization of social reproduction as well as levels of post-graduate exploitation. Spring is also a co-founder of GUTS, a digital feminist magazine based in Toronto.
Vivian Stamatopoulos is a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. Her research interests include quantitative and qualitative research methods, precarious labour, and (unpaid) familial caregiving. When she is not assisting in the teaching of courses in Sociological Research Methods at York University, she has been contributing to various research projects, including the Re-Imagining Long-Term Residential Care: An International Study of Promising Practices led by Dr. Pat Armstrong, the Women, Deindustrialization and Community project led by Dr. Norene Pupo, Dr. June Corman, and Dr. Ann Duffy, and the Neighbourhood Effects on Health and Well-Being Study commissioned by St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.
Christine Streeter is a doctoral student at the School of Social Work and the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University. As a social work researcher, she is deeply commitment to translating theory-to-practice and examining power in everyday life. Her work is motivated by extensive research experience with three renowned projects including, a SSHRC-funded study that examines unpaid work in Ontario’s long-term residential care, a MaRS-funded study on youth civic engagement in Ontario and another SSHRC-funded study on youth social exclusion and inclusion for immigrants and racialized groups in Canada. Her doctoral research critically explores how employment experiences are shaped by current conditions of precarity for female social work graduates’, who make up the majority of the profession. Ethnographic methods mobilize this research through a feminist political economy framework, in response to the recent increase of precarious work positions within the social service sector in Ontario.
Rana Sukarieh is a PhD candidate in the department of sociology at York University. She holds a B.A in economics from the American University of Beirut, Hon. B.A in sociology, M.A in sociology from York university. Rana’s research interests are in the areas of transnational social movements, social movements and political economy in the Middle East and postcolonialism. Her dissertation focuses on the understanding of international solidarity among transnational activists, with focus on the Palestinian Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement.
Samia holds a BA (Hons), in International Development Studies from York University. Hoping to execute research in fields of women's' economic participation, gender equity, labor movements, particularly exploring within the ready-made garments (RMG) sector of Bangladesh. She assisted the research project ‘Sustaining Power for Women’s Rights’ - to closely monitor and track labor party activity within the RMG sector. Under this project, Samia had the responsibility to analyze findings and draft media-tracking reports that she has co-authored, They have been published by Brac University in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Carly Teng is a doctoral student in the Political Science department. She completed a Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Policy Studies at The University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies at Simon Fraser University. Her current research examines Chinese hydropower dam construction in Laos and analyzing the social relations between the temporary Chinese foreign migrant workers constructing the hydropower dams and the local Lao communities who are forced to migrate. Carly is interested participatory research action methods and using feminist international political economy, and feminist political ecology frameworks to inform her work. Before attending York University, Carly worked in Laos as a gender mainstreaming advisor for an NGO and as a program officer at the Office of the Canadian Embassy. In addition, she was actively engaged with grassroots women’s organizations in South Korea working in solidarity on the “comfort women” issue and with Filipina migrant workers in military camp towns.
Kasim Tirmizey is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. He has a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University. His doctoral dissertation examines labour and peasant movements in the national liberation struggles in Punjab, British India. The motivation of the study is toward renewing contemporary labour struggles in the region. His research interests include labour geography, social movements, social history, state theory, critical social theory, and anti-colonial Marxism.
Cheuk Ming Tsang
Cheuk Ming Tsang is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Public Policy at the City University of Hong Kong. She holds an MA in Corporate Environmental Governance from the University of Hong Kong and an Honours BA in Sociology & Psychology from the University of Toronto. Her research interests include union leadership, precarious employment, and the reproduction of social inequality.
Evan Vipond (they/them) is a Ph.D. Candidate in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University. Evan’s work is interdisciplinary and engages with trans theory, feminist theory, critical race theory, critical political economy, and cultural theory. Their doctoral project, Trans Liberalism: Trans Rights and the U.S. Military, critical examines advocacy efforts to lift the U.S. military’s trans ban. Evan has conducted both academy- and community-based research with trans and nonbinary people throughout Ontario. Their work has been published in a/b: Auto/Biography Studies (2018), Canadian Review of Social Policy (2017), Gender and Education (2017), Queer Cats Journal of LGBT Studies (2016), Western Journal of Legal Studies (2015), and Theory in Action (2015). They are the Co-chair of the JusticeTrans Board of Directors.
Chris Walsh is studying sociology at York University. Previously, he studied sociology at Brock University. Chris is working on developing competencies in both social theory and sociological research methods and hopes to apply them in his dissertation research, which will explore the responses of displaced workers to job-loss.
Dillon Wamsley is an MA student at York University in the Political Science Department, where he studies International Relations and Comparative Politics, with a specific focus on political economy. Drawing on a variety of Marxist and non-Marxist radical analytical frameworks, he is interested in examining the ascendance of neoliberal capitalism in the U.S. over the past 35 years, and the myriad effects of market-based public policies, privatisation, and de-industrialization on the working class – in particular, the African American working class. His current research focuses on the various connections between neoliberal economic policies, the changed landscape of de-industrialized, de-socialized labour, and the emergence of mass incarceration in the U.S., specifically the disproportionate incarceration of African American people.
Elizabeth Watters is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University. She holds an MSW degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a BSc degree from York University. She has over a decade of professional experience, and has worked in the areas of social work education, health promotion, diversity services, and vocational rehabilitation. Her doctoral research applies an intersectional feminist and social determinants of health lens to explore the impact of precarious employment on the health of racialized immigrant women in Southwestern Ontario. Her research interests include precarious employment, migration, globalization, and health equity.
Ghizlane Zerzkhane is an undergraduate student studying Global Politics, with a keen interest in post-structural studies and analysis. Currently undergoing research in post-structuralism and language politics, Zerzkhane seeks to pursue research in the field of labour rights and its affiliation with language politics, especially in the regions of Northern and Central Africa. Zerzkhane’s research interests also include political economy, sociolinguistics and migrant labour rights. In the future she hopes to study Applied Linguistics at Concordia University and pursue a career within policy research as a linguistics researcher.
Manoj Dias-Abey is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace (Queen’s University). Manoj’s current research looks at the strategies civil society organizations can employ to improve the working conditions of migrant farmworkers, especially given the nature of the globalized food system. Manoj is interested in the broader issue of emerging worker organizations—e.g. innovative unions, worker centres, legal clinics, activist and advocacy bodies, transnational advocacy networks, and social movements—and how these organizations draw upon, are limited, and transformed by the legal environment.
Zed Zhipeng Gao
I received my PhD in psychology from York University in 2018. Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, I study Chinese immigrants' mental health, sense of (un)belonging, and experience of racism amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the Canada-China tensions. In addition, I have been writing on the history of psychology and human sciences in China's socialist movement, as well as how contemporary Chinese people experience sociocultural conflicts. My select publications can be found in Review of General Psychology, Social Anthropology, History of Psychology, History of Science, History of Education, Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, Narrative Inquiry, and Chinese Sociological Dialogue.
Adam D.K. King is Post-Doctoral Visitor in the Department of Politics, and affiliated with the Gender and Work Database and the Canada Labour Code-Data Analysis Infrastructure research project at York University. His research explores working-class culture and identity and union organization in the nickel mining industry in the Northern Ontario. He is also currently part of a team of researchers studying labour standards compliance and enforcement in Canada’s federal jurisdiction, including the contested regulation of Indigenous employment.