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Kendal David

PhD Student

Degrees:MSW (Carleton University), BSW (University of Calgary)

About Me:

I am a PhD Candidate in the School of Social Work at Carleton University. I study and write about poverty and disability justice, and have practice experience in the disability services sector and in community organizing. I currently co-chair the Basic Income Canada Youth Network. I love jigsaw puzzles, poetry, and podcasts. I value and invite opportunities to build collaborative and kind relationships within my academic practice (especially with fellow graduate students) – feel free to email me to connect and chat! 

My Research:

My ongoing PhD research uses feminist disability studies and critical discourse analysis to examine income support policy in Canada. Broadly, my academic areas of interest include critical and radical approaches to social work practice and pedagogy, critical discourse studies, critical disability studies, and social policy. I am interested in transdisciplinarity and working beyond the boundaries of social work.

My academic work takes place across a variety of mediums. In 2023, I co-authored and co-designed an arts-based zine called to mobilize research findings from the Ontario Basic Income Pilot, in collaboration with Chloe Halpenny. I also co-authored “A Proposal for a Guaranteed Basic Income Benefit in Prince Edward Island”, which was released in November 2023. In October 2023, I was interviewed by Senator Kim Pate for her podcast Appointed about disability poverty, income security, and youth organizing for policy change. An article I co-authored with Megan Linton about institutional exclusions from social assistance programs was published in CCPA’s Monitor Magazine. I have also contributed to policy briefs for Invisible Institutions; among other topics, the briefs examine institutional exclusions from federal disability data, and institutional allowances via social assistance

In June 2023, a peer-reviewed article I wrote based on my MSW thesis data was published in Critical Social Work, and is available here. My MSW thesis explored and challenged what it means to be a social worker in Alberta. Grounded in critical and anti-oppressive theories and methodologies – namely critical disability studies and critical discourse analysis – I critiqued how dominance and power are woven into narratives of identity, belonging, and pride within interview data with practicing social workers, and reflected on what social work could become when the rigid exclusionary boundaries of the profession are unraveled and reimagined.

More details about my publication record and research is available via ResearchGate.

Research Interests: Critical Disability Studies; Disability Justice; Critical Discourse Studies; Poverty and Income Security; Research and Evaluation in Social Work; Community Practice; Knowledge Mobilization