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Annie McEwen

PhD Graduate

Annie McEwen’s research interests concern government policy to address the causes and consequences of poverty and inequality. Her PhD Public Policy dissertation, “Beyond Child Poverty: Childhood disadvantage and social policy in Canada”, looks at how child poverty and other socio-economic factors matter for child well-being and development. Using Statistics Canada data, her research explores how governments can mitigate factors that constitute disadvantage in childhood and, in-turn, inequality later in life. Her dissertation is being completed under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Stewart with expected completion in Spring 2015.

Annie began her doctoral studies at the University of Oxford in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention and subsequently transferred to Carleton in order to gain access to the Statistics Canada micro data. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor’s of Journalism and Political Science from Carleton University. Prior to beginning doctoral studies, Annie worked as a policy analyst in the federal public service.

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See a 3-minute video explaining Annie’s PhD research (part of the SSHRC Storytellers Competition 2014).

Selected publications:

McEwen, Annie and Jennifer M. Stewart. 2014. “The Relationship between Income and Children’s Outcomes: A Synthesis of Canadian Evidence.” Canadian Public Policy. 40(1):99-109.

McEwen, Annie and David W. Rothwell. Forthcoming 2015. “Children and Poverty.” In World Encyclopedia of Poverty, ed. Mehmet Odekon and J. Geoffrey Golson. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.

McEwen, Annie. 2011. “Beyond child poverty: following the evidence to a multidimensional approach to childhood disadvantage” in Social Statistics, Poverty and Social Exclusion: Perspectives from Quebec, Canada and Abroad, ed. Guy Fréchet et al.. Montreal: Les Presses de l’Universite de Montreal.