Kristen Pue is a postdoctoral fellow in philanthropy and nonprofit studies at the School of Public Policy and Administration, as well as a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Toronto. Kristen is interested in understanding the role of nonprofits in social and environmental policy, including how and under what conditions the involvement of nonprofits can enhance objectives like equality. Kristen’s dissertation examines the nonprofitization of the welfare state in homelessness and emergency management policies in Canada and the United Kingdom. It argues that there is no necessary relationship between the level of nonprofitization and the scope of social care; however, the choices that governments make in institutionalizing nonprofit social welfare provision can make a difference for the long-run trajectory of service expansiveness. In her postdoctoral research, Kristen is examining local homelessness funding networks in Canadian cities, in order to understand configurations of philanthropic power.
Kristen is affiliated with the Innovation Policy Lab at the University of Toronto, as well as Philab, the Canadian Network of Partner Research on Philanthropy. In 2017 Kristen was a Junior Research Fellow in Nuffield College at the University of Oxford. She has held major research awards and scholarships, including: the Sir James Lougheed Award of Distinction (2017), Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2018), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholars (CGS) Doctoral Scholarship (2015-2018), SSHRC Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (2017), and SSHRC CGS Master’s Scholarship. Kristen’s research interests include political economy, philanthropy and inequality, nonprofit advocacy, the welfare state, international trade, environmental governance, social innovation, transnational advocacy movements, and the role of philanthropy in social policy.