Research Projects

Following are a few of the research projects Centre faculty are engaged in. Click to go to a project's homepage. Note that only some projects have dedicated websites—for information on other projects please contact faculty directly. 


Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy

Katherine Lippel


Contracting with Physicians: An Alternative to Legislating Against Dual Practice?
We explored whether provincial governments through negotiating contracts with doctors could allow a small private-pay sector for medically necessary care and ensure a strong public health care system. The UK uses contracts in an effort to ensure that its doctors spend a sufficient amount of time treating public patients and we examined how those contracts function and the feasibility of using a similar policy tool in Canada.

Colleen Flood


Global Strategy Lab
Addressing transnational health threats and social inequalities.

Patrick Fafard, Steven Hoffman


Hatch Ideas Hub 
Clinical trials for mental health disorders in under-served populations. Our research includes the use of technology in clinical populations, service delivery and non-pharmacological interventions. We are particularly interested in involving people with lived experience as collaborators in research.

Simon Hatcher


L'Invisible qui fait mal
Research on the least visible work done by women and the difficulties they encounter when they try to claim their rights to health and safety at work.

Katherine Lippel


mHealth Lab
Our goal is to empower individuals to manage their own health information, help health care providers deliver better care and improve the system as a whole. We create tools like practical, easy-to-use apps for people to manage their health information or the health information of their family members. We also create multi-platform resources that enable busy healthcare workers to make fast, accurate decisions about the best care for their patients.

Kumanan Wilson


On the Identity Trail
Understanding the importance and impact of anonymity and authentication in a networked society.

Ian Kerr


On the Move Partnership
Employment-related geographical mobility in the Canadian context.

Katherine Lippel


Religion and Diversity
Examining religious diversity in Canada and the world. Our team of 37 researchers from across the globe is looking at questions and weighing in on religious issues from a variety of perspectives including: religion, law, communication, sociology, history, political science, education and philosophy.

Lori Beaman


Research Action Alliance on the Consequences of Work Injury

Katherine Lippel


Social Rights in Canada: A Community-University Research Alliance Project
This community-based, participatory research is designed to establish conceptual and practical foundations for a new form of human rights practice – one that is capable of giving concrete effect to social rights within a broad range of settings.

Martha Jackman

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