I study social policy, which is to say, the decisions and actions governments take in order to improve individual and societal well-being. In a democratic society such as Canada, social policy is how we choose to support one other and collectively address social issues through the mechanisms of the state. It is an interdisciplinary and problem-orriented area of study that compels research providing evidence for action.
My fundamental goal is to advance the use of social science research in the development of evidence-based policy.
My research centers on policy that addresses poverty and inequality, with a particular focus on inequalities in childhood and policy to improve child well-being. As primarily a quantitative social scientist, I am continually fascinated by the power (and pitfalls) of using numbers to explain our social world. While I remain capitvated by my home and native land, comparative policy analysis allows me to look beyond Canada’s borders to explore policy lessons and innovations.
In December 2015 I completed a PhD in Public Policy at Carleton University and am currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.