Jessica Parish

A photo of Jessica Parish, a Carleton University Political Science Alumna

Jessica Parish
Marie Curie Visiting Fellow, De Montfort University, Leicester, England

BA in Political Science with Honours, 2006

Jessica is currently a Marie Curie Visiting Fellow with the Center for Urban Research on Austerity at De Montfort University, Leicester, England. Her project will investigate the social and gendered effects of pension investing in green housing infrastructure.

After obtaining a BA at Carleton, Jessica earned an MA and PhD in political science from York University. She previously worked as a health policy analyst for the Ontario Chiropractic Association and as Research Associate for Lancaster House Publishing. She is also a past Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors at Toronto-based Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations.

Jessica’s academic research focuses on the intersection between urban governance, health policy, and environmental sustainability and she has published in peer-reviewed books and journals and presented at national and international conferences. She has successfully competed for funding from the European Commission, the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at the graduate and postdoctoral levels. She has served as a peer reviewer for the Annals of the American Association of Geographers and held editorial positions with Humanities and Social Sciences Communications and the graduate political science journal, Problematiqué.

I loved studying political science at Carleton. The most valuable thing I took away from my undergraduate studies was how to keep learning. The critical skills and curiosity I developed here are the foundation on which I have been building ever since.