Christopher Stoney Susan Phillips Katherine Graham
Edward Jackson Fran Klodawsky Allan Maslove
Steve Pomeroy Robert Hilton Eugene Swimmer
Nick Falvo Mark Davis Beth Schwartz
Maude Marquis-Bissonnette Byoungjun Park Lee-Michael Pronko
Karl Saidla Tamara Krawchenko Natalie Duchesne

Christopher Stoney
Director at CURE

Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration

Christopher Stoney’s main research focus has examined infrastructure and urban sustainability and identifies barriers and opportunities in the field. His background in public management, federal and municipal government have enabled him to bring a governance lens to analyse urban sprawl and key decisions about transportation and infrastructure, land-use planning, housing and energy. His findings illustrate that governance and systems of governance are crucial in understanding infrastructure policies and choices and, ultimately, the kinds of cities they produce.

Christopher Stoney has also been the editor of How Ottawa Spends since 2010. He recently published along with Graeme Auld and Bruce Doern Green-Lite: 50 Years of Canadian Environmental Policy, Democracy and Governance (2015) and expected to publish along with John Martin and Alessandro Spano The State of Play: An International Comparison of Innovation in Local Government (2016). At the School of Public Policy and Administration, Christopher Stoney teaches courses on federal and local government, public sector management, organizational theory, strategy and urban sustainability.

Steve Pomeroy
Senior Research Fellow

Head of Focus Consulting Inc.

Steve is a housing policy research consultant, based in Ottawa, Canada. Educated at UBC with a MA in Planning and Urban Land Economics he has over 30 years of experience in local government (1980-82) the non-profit sector (83-84), and with Canada’s federal housing agency Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.

He is widely recognized as one of the leading housing policy experts in Canada and has been an advisor to a number of national associations, municipalities, provinces and territories.

In 1994 Steve established Focus Consulting Inc. and has since then has completed over 130 reports and studies and strategies covering issues of socio-economic analysis, homelessness, housing policy and financing. His work also includes a number of comparative studies examining housing systems across a range of countries, compared to Canada.

In January 2007 Steve was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow with the Centre on Governance and in 2012 also became a Research Associate with Carleton University Centre for Urban Research and Education (CURE).

Steve is trying to inspire and encourage young graduates and new professionals though a course on the Fundamentals of Housing Policy and governance, now a preconference fixture at national and provincial association annual conferences.

In 2013 Steve was awarded Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition for his contributions to housing policy and research.

Lee-Michael Pronko
Research Fellow 

Lee­-Michael Pronko studied Philosophy at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, while completing an undergraduate degree in Humanities and Philosophy. He previously co-founded Milieu, a startup focused on collecting public sentiment data for land use planning and development decision making. He has provided guidance on public engagement across every level of government.

Karl Saidla

Research Fellow

Karl Saidla completed a Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa (Human Kinetics , 2017) concerning politics and public policy related to the promotion of walking, cycling, and public transit use in Helsinki, Finland and Ottawa, Canada.

Nick Falvo
Research Fellow

PhD Alumnus, School of Public Policy and Administration

Nick Falvo’s area of research is social policy, with a focus on poverty, housing, homelessness and social assistance.  He has a budding interest in post-secondary education policy. Under the supervision of Prof. Frances Abele, he has authored three policy reports that focus on social policy in Canada’s northern territories. His doctoral dissertation was supervised by Prof. Saul Schwartz and has defended in 2015—it consists of three essays on social assistance.

Nick is currently the Director of Research and Data at the Calgary Homeless Foundation. Fluently bilingual, he teaches social policy in Carleton’s School of Social Work and is a frequent blogger. Prior to his doctoral studies, Nick was a Parliamentary Intern in Ottawa, followed by 10 years working as a front-line community worker with homeless persons in Toronto.

Natalie Duchesne

Research Fellow

Natalie holds a doctorate from the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture of Concordia University (specializing in policy studies and gender studies). Natalie’s current independent research takes an ethnographic approach to the housing and homelessness system in Ottawa.

Past Researchers and Associates

Susan Phillips
Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration

Susan Phillips serves as Supervisor of the Master and Graduate Diploma of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. Susan joined the School in 1988 and was Director from 2005-2014. Her research focuses on the evolving relationship between government and civil society, specifically on comparative analysis of the policy, regulatory and financing frameworks that enable (or constrain) the work of nonprofits and philanthropy. She is co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Philanthropy, 40 chapters by leading international scholars, and is conducting a SSHRC-funded study of community foundations and place-based philanthropy.

Susan is serving her second term as a board member of the International Research Society for Public Management and in 2015 was elected Secretary of ARNOVA, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. She is a former member of the Policy Advisory Boards of Imagine Canada and Volunteer Canada, and past Fellow of the Wellesley Institute and the Canada School of Public Service.

In 2015, Susan was awarded Carleton University’s ‘Research and Academic Impact’ Award which recognizes ‘outstanding contributions that entail mobilizing one’s teaching, research, and administrative skills to play a notable role in building on institutional strengths and connections.

Katherine Graham
Emeritus Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration

Katherine Graham’s research interests concern Indigenous and northern development policy, urban and local governance and institutional reform in government. Community-based research is an important pillar of her work. She is the founding Coordinator of the Carleton University Institute on the Ethics of Research with Indigenous Peoples (CUIERIP). Katherine is currently working on youth and community capacity-building in Northwestern Ontario.

Katherine Graham most recent publications include “The Paradox of Participation: An Overview of Public Participation and Local Government in Canada” a chapter published in Citizen Participation at the Local level in Canada and China (Sancton and Chen, eds., 2015) and the book Canada in Cities co-edited with Caroline Andrew (2014).

Edward Jackson
Adjunct Research Professor and Senior Research Fellow

Edward T. Jackson is Adjunct Research Professor of Public Administration, International Affairs and African Studies at Carleton University, and Senior Research Fellow at the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation.  A former Associate Dean in Carleton’s Faculty of Public Affairs, his research interests include social enterprise, social impact investment, financing civil society, program evaluation, and community-university partnerships. In Canada, he has led major action-research and outreach projects for the McConnell and Ontario Trillium foundations and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. In Africa and Asia, he has advised the development cooperation programs of Canada, Denmark and Switzerland, and the MasterCard and Rockefeller foundations.  He served on Canada’s Advisory Board to the G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force, and also sits on the Advisory Committee on Social Innovation of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.  His most recent co-edited book is Knowledge, Democracy and Action:  Community-University Research Partnerships in Global Perspectives. Professor Jackson is active on Twitter @EdwardTJackson and blogs at

Fran Klodawsky
Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies

Dr. Klodawsky is a Full Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University. Her areas of expertise include: public policy and social inclusion/exclusion in cities, especially in relation to housing, and feminist perspectives on cities, on community organizing, on housing and on homelessness. Her work utilizes both quantitative and qualitative methods within a collaborative, community-based framework.

Currently (June 2012-16), she is the Principal Investigator of a SSHRC funded project titled “Intersectionality in Practice: Feminist Theory and Urban Governance”, and she also led a previous SSHRC funded study (May 2008-12), titled “Learning Through Difference”. Fran Klodawsky is Secretary to the Board of Women in Cities International. She is also an Academic Advisor to the Steering Committee of City for All Women Initiative in Ottawa.

Allan Maslove
Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, School of Public Policy and Administration

Allan Maslove is a professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University in Ottawa. An economist specializing in public finance, Dr. Maslove is a graduate of the Universities of Manitoba (Canada) and Minnesota (USA). In July 1997, Dr. Maslove was appointed as the first Dean of the new Faculty of Public Affairs and Management at Carleton, a position he held for six years. Allan Maslove served as the Director of Research for the Ontario Fair Tax Commission (1991-93). Allan Maslove is the author or editor of more than 15 books and has written numerous articles in the areas of public policy and public finance, federal-provincial relations and the financing of health care.

Maslove has written several articles on the budgetary policies of municipal governments as one of his research interest is public budgeting. He recently finished a manuscript on budgeting in times of crises which will shortly be published as a book (co-edited with Bruce Doern and Michael Prince).

Robert Hilton
Adjunct Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration

Robert Hilton is currently on an interchange assignment as a Visiting Fellow with the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University. Robert has worked nearly 35 years with the federal government, with experience principally in policy and program administration, audit and evaluation. While completing his Masters Degree at Carleton, he carried out extensive research for his thesis on federal government programming related to infrastructure: “Building Political Capital: The Politics of ‘Need’ in the Federal Government’s Municipal Infrastructure Programs, 1993-2006.” His research interests relate to the impact of municipal infrastructure on sustainable development and the means of engaging citizens in decisions about infrastructure choices and the levels of service provided.

Eugene Swimmer
Emeritus Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration

Eugene Swimmer’s research concerns labour relations in the Canada’s public sector, where compensation and employment outcomes are the result of both economic and political forces. He has been particularly interested in the mechanisms for resolving public sector collective bargaining disputes, in an environment where the government often takes on the contradictory roles as protector of the public interest, direct employer and legislator. Much of his recent work has focused on the increasing use government legislative power to unilaterally impose compensation on public employees. He regularly teaches the School of Public Policy and Administration’s quantitative methods and microeconomics courses, using a lecture-based approach. He also runs a seminar in industrial relations, which revolves around a simulated collective bargaining exercise.

Tamara Krawchenko
Senior Research Fellow

Tamara Krawchenko’s multi-disciplinary research has covered a wide range of topics—from the governance of metropolitan regions, to land use and urban planning, intergenerational equity, public finance and rural development. With grounding in historical institutionalism and political economy, her work tackles such perennial questions as: where do ideas come from, how do they gain traction in public policy and how does governance matter. Tamara holds a PhD in public policy from Carleton University and degrees in public administration, history and political science from Dalhousie University. Her dissertation on metropolitan transit and transportation bodies was supervised by Dr. Chris Stoney.

Tamara is currently a policy analyst in the Regional Development Policy Division of the OECD where she is conducting studies on the governance of land use in Israel, Poland, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and France. This work examines the multi-level system of spatial and land use planning in select OECD countries and the incentives (and disincentives) created by regulatory and fiscal frameworks. This work provides advice to governments (national, regional and local) on how to improve their planning systems. Prior to this, Tamara worked for both federal and provincial governments in Canada and for a number research institutes and universities in Canada, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan as a professor and researcher.

Mark Davis
PhD Alumnus, School of Public Policy and Administration

Mark Davis’ area of research is federal transportation policy, with particular focus on the theories of governance and policy change within large organizations, as well as the application of national and international economic trends to the transportation sector. His doctoral dissertation examined the public management aspects of federal commercialization of airports, ports and CN Railways during the 1980s and 1990s. Mark defended his dissertation in December 2015 under the supervision of Profs. Chris Stoney, Rob Shepherd and Mike Ircha. He also authored an article in 2012 on the impact of commercialization on rural ports and airports in Atlantic Canada for the journal, Research in Transportation Business and Management.

Mark is currently a Senior Policy Advisor within the Aviation Security Directorate of Transport Canada. He has spent the past 10 years in the federal public service, the majority of which has been working on various applied projects in federal transportation policy.

Beth Schwartz
PhD Alumna in Political Science, University of British Colombia

Elizabeth Schwartz is a doctoral candidate specializing in environmental politics and policy at the local level. She is a past graduate fellow Pacific Institute of Climate Solutions and is scheduled to defend her dissertation in April 2016. Schwartz holds a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and an undergraduate degree in public policy from Carleton University. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked as a House of Commons Page in the Canadian Parliament and as an intern at the Council of the Federation, an organization bringing together the premiers of Canada’s provinces and territories.

Elizabeth’s current research focuses on the role of cities in meeting the challenges of global climate change. She is particularly interested in the capacity and willingness of cities to adopt local climate change policy, and the instruments they use to do so. Her newest research explores municipalities’ use of density bonusing to achieve sustainability outcomes. This project builds on her dissertation, which finds that variation in the climate change policies adopted by large Canadian cities is largely attributable to variation in the structure of local governments. In particular, her doctoral research points to the importance of having a dedicated environment department within the municipal administration.

Maude Marquis-Bissonnette
PhD Student, School of Public Policy and Administration

Maude Marrquis-Bissonnette is a PhD student in the School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA), commencing in September 2014. Her research interests are mostly about urban governance. She developed an area of expertise in performance-based management at the municipal level, regional and metropolitan development, mobilization of local stakeholders and innovation in the municipal sector. Her recent work also includes university governance, religious minorities from a public administration point of view and women’s leadership.

Maude holds a Master’s degree from l’École nationale d’administration publique (ÉNAP) from Montréal and a B.Sc in political science from l’Université de Montréal. She worked as a strategic planner at the regional level but also counts many mandates with public organizations as a consultant. In 2013, Maude won the National Student Award, a joint initiative of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA). In 2015, she was nominated for the ARISTA contest by La Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Montréal. The same year, along with Diane Simsovic, Maude Marquis-Bissonnette became finalist  at the Ontarian Cities of Tomorrow showcase for their project of an Urban Village 2.0. In March 2016, she was awarded Sandra Bach Award for academic excellence by the School of Public Policy and Administration.

Byoungjun Park
PhD Candidate, School of Public Policy and Administration

Byoungjun Park is researching politics and economics of infrastructure financing in Canada and around the world. The research specifically focuses on the emergence of pension funds as the main alternative source of financing infrastructure projects in recent years and how the political considerations and the pursuit of economic and financial value for money have changed the modes of financing infrastructure.

Other areas of research in the past include the regional funding distribution of Canada`s Economic Action Plan and examining the possibility of political influence (also published as a chapter in How Ottawa Spends 2012-2013), the historical changes in the Equalization program and their impacts on the federal and provincial governments, and the tobacco tax and other potential revenue-raising options for Aboriginal governments (both assignments in the Government of Ontario).

Prior to beginning the Ph.D. program, he graduated from Ryerson University with MA in public administration and University of Toronto with Honours BA in history and political science.

Lu Yao Luisa Ji
Student, Master of Architecture, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, Carleton University

Lu Yao Luisa Ji is a graduate of the Master of Architecture at Carleton University. She is the cofounder of Milieu and Atelier Ruderal. Her interests involve regenerating under-utilized urban spaces through a combination of crowdsourced intelligence, technology, and human-centred design. Her previous experience of working on vernacular and heritage architecture gave her a deeper understanding of the impact of culture on the built environment. With the Centre of Urban Research and Education, she continues to expand her research into solving contemporary urban issues with emerging technology.