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Political Science Professor renewed as Canada Research Chair


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Leah Vosko

Leah Vosko, Professor in the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, has been renewed as Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender and Work (Tier 1). Tier 1 CRCs receive $1.4 million over 7 years.

The CRC renewal will allow Vosko to examine impediments to the realization of labour market membership for workers facing multiple dimensions of precariousness in employment across several jurisdictions and fields of employment policy. It will allow her to scale-up to the pan-Canadian level her ongoing research on the effectiveness of workplace regulation in Ontario.

Her research also includes: development of an Employment Standards Database, offering a platform for comparative research on employment standards; the creation of the Canada Labour Code Data Analysis Infrastructure, transforming a large-scale administrative database that the Government of Canada's Labour Program maintains into a research tool yielding new insights into labour standards compliance across the country; and an investigation identifying avenues for realizing labour market membership among workers labouring transnationally.

The Government of Canada recently announced the Fall 2017 CRC recipients at post-secondary institutions across Canada, who will receive $145.6 million in funding from the program, along with $12.2 million in research infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). In addition to Vosko, among the York University recipients in this round are professors Thomas Baumgartner, Raymond Kwong, and Christopher Caputo.

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