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Susan Braedley

Full Professor (on leave Jul 1, 2024 - Jun 30, 2025)

Phone:613-520-2600 x 3662
Office:1501 Dunton Tower

Sabbatical: July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2024

Areas of Research Interest

  • Long-term care home policy and practice, long-term care work
  • Equity and aging
  • Race, class, immigration, and gender in everyday caring work
  • Social work as work in a changing world
  • Social Reproduction and Feminist Political Economy
  • Theory for social work including Feminist, Anti-Racist, Post Modern and Structural Social Work
  • Ethnography, community-based research, research mobilization

Current Research Projects (2023-25)

P.I., Bordering Aging, Bordering Care: Comparing Welfare State Approaches. SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada).

Associate Director, Imagining Age–Friendly “Communities” within Communities: International Promising Practices. SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) Partnership Grant Director: Tamara Daly, York University.

P.I, Advancing Access to Mental Health Care in Long-Term Care Homes: Utilizing Social Work and Social Service Work w/ Bruyere Institute

Co-Investigator, Learning from the pandemic? Planning for a long-term care labour force. SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada),P.I. Pat Armstrong, York University

Recent Publications

McWhinney, Tara and Braedley, Susan. Struggling for public services: lessons from the Saskatchewan long-term care privatization playbook. Studies in Political Economy, Summer, 2023.

Armstrong, Pat. and Braedley, Susan (Eds) Care Homes in a Turbulent Era: Do They Have a Future? under contract with Edward Elgar Press, August 2023.

Braedley, Susan (2023) Body-work-that-isn’t: Supporting Nursing Home Residents’ Autonomy in Self-Care and Sexual Expression. In Pat Armstrong (ed) Unpaid Work in Nursing Homes: Flexible Boundaries, Policy Press: pp.33-47.

Braedley, Susan and McWhinney, Tara (2022) Invited Review Essay “What’s New About Social Reproduction?” Labour/Le Travail  89: 269-284.

Bourgeault, Ivy; Daly, Tamara; Aubrecht, Catherine; Armstrong, Pat; Armstrong, Hugh and Braedley, Susan (2022) Leadership for Quality in Long-term Care. Healthcare Management Forum 35:1 pp. 5-10.

Braedley, Susan and Luxton, Meg (2021) Social Reproduction at Work, Social Reproduction as Work:  A Feminist Political Economy Perspective, Journal of Labor and Society, 25(4), 559-586.

Braedley, Susan; Coté Boucher, Karine and Przednowek, Anna (2021) Old and Dangerous: Bordering Old Migrants’ Mobilities, Rejuvenating the Welfare State. Social Politics 28(1): 24-46.

Recent Plenaries and Major Talks

Long Term Social Workers and Social Services Workers: What is the Practice Evidence? With Samantha Peck, Family Councils of Ontario and Michelle Fleming, Bruyere CLRI, to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care and its Long-Term Care Community of Practice. Delivered via Teams, March 23, 2022.

Imagine Aging: Cross-Jurisdictional Age-Friendly Policy Conversation. With Tamara Daly and Frode Jacobsen. Attendees: Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC); Health Canada; Treasury Board of Canada; City of Ottawa; Ottawa Council on Aging, City of Toronto; Regional Municipality of Halifax; City of Bergen; National Housing Bank, Norway. Delivered via Zoom, June 8, 2021

Retaining and Refreshing Public Long-term Care. Long-term Care Town Hall, Ottawa. Ontario Health Coalition and Make Revera Public Campaign. Delivered via Zoom, May 31, 2021.

Age-Friendly Communities-in-Communities: International Promising Practices. With Dr. Tamara Daly. Public Health Agency of Canada National Age-Friendly Table, Zoom/Conference Event, October 22, 2020.

Crumbling Away: Saskatchewan’s Long Term Residential Care Policy. Invited Keynote. Senior’s Summit, Canadian Health Coalition and CUPE Healthcare Workers, Regina Saskatchewan, November 24, 2019.

Models in Long-Term Residential Care:  Promises and Problems. Invited Keynote. Champlain Dementia Network Annual Conference, Ottawa Ontario, November 12, 2019.

Public Commentary

Braedley, Susan (March 24, 2022) Publicly funded home care urgently needs help. Ottawa Citizen,

Armstrong, Pat; Armstrong, Hugh; Banerjee, Albert; Braedley, Susan; Choiniere, Jacqueline; Lowndes, Ruth and Struthers, Jim (May 7, 2021) Long-term Care Reform: No Time to Waste. The Monitor,

Braedley, Susan (May 3, 2021) A Scathing Summary of How Ontario Mismanaged Long-term Care. Ottawa Citizen, Republished by Sudbury Star, Healthling, Timmins Times.

Braedley, Susan (October 26, 2020) Time to Care About Proper Staffing in Nursing Homes [Op-ed]. Ottawa Citizen, Republished by Sudbury Star, Napanee Guide, Today’s Farmer.

Digital Stories

Braedley, Susan, John Woodhouse (2022) Moving on Mobility. Imagine Aging Partnership. Screened at community events. I created, wrote and directed this short film.

Braedley, Susan; Chivers, Sally and Daly, Tamara (2019) Less Lonely Community Care and LGBTQ2S+ seniors. In release at events, entered in two film festivals, Imagine Aging Partnership. Screened at community events. I created, wrote and directed this short film.

Chivers, Sally; Braedley, Susan and Daly, Tamara (2019) Imagine Aging: Service Providers’ Perspectives. In release at events, Imagine Aging Partnership. I co-edited this film.

Daly, Tamara; Chivers, Sally and Braedley, Susan (2019) Imagine Aging: Community and Indigenous Seniors. I co-edited this film.

Braedley, Susan and Armstrong, Pat (2018) We Can Do Better in Long-term Residential Care. From the SSHRC MCRI Re-imagining Long-Term Residential Care. An animated short video. I co-wrote and directed this film.