Research and Wisdom Shared at FPA Graduate Conference

From economics and political economy to public policy issues in the areas of health, technology, media and feminism, FPA graduate students from across the Faculty shared their research and ideas at the Emerging Perspectives: FPA Graduate Conference. The inaugural two-day conference is part of FPA Research Month, which runs from February 24 – March 24.

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Showcase for Graduate Student Research

The Emerging Perspectives conference featured dozens of graduate presenters. Here are two SPPA students profiled:

Joshua Russell at the graduate conference.

Joshua Russell (MA-Sustainable Energy Policy) is working with the MoCreebec Eeyoud First Nation community in Moose Factory, Ontario to better understand energy-related issues in the community in order to inform future community decisions. His research focuses on occupant behavior in the residential sector (how electricity is used in homes) and community preferences for different types of electricity generation technologies. His research will help develop a vision for energy provision and energy use in the community of MoCreebec Eeyoud based on goals in the community’s existing energy plan. It will consider the balancing of supply side and demand side solutions by exploring how various energy sources can be used by time of day and by season, as well as how demand and economic opportunities could be best aligned with available supply.

head shot of Robyn HoogendamRobyn Hoogendam (PhD – Public Policy) is studying how the increase in accountability expectations for federally-funded nonprofit organizations is affecting gender-specific organizations. Within Status of Women Canada, she found this increase is exemplified throughout their reports and publications. Her research seeks to understand the rise in the rhetoric of transparency and accountability, and how this may have led to impacts on and changes to how gender-specific organizations are funded and operate, and how gender-based violence work is undertaken in Canada.