This experienced, international team is unique in its focus on equity-oriented research at the intersections of aging and care work. Our aim is to identify promising practices that change policy and practice level conversations to advance and support age-inclusion and age-equity.

Tamara Daly, Project Director, is a Professor at York’s School of Health Policy & Management; and is appointed to graduate programs in Health Policy & Equity and Gender, Feminist & Women’s Studies. Daly is also Director of the York University Centre for Aging Research and Education and held a CIHR Research Chair in Gender, Care Work and Health (2013- 2018). View profile here.


Gudmund Ågotnes, a postdoctoral fellow (PDF) and social anthropologist from Norway, brings experience in qualitative research on care services with multi-ethnic workforces. View profile here.

Donna Baines, Professor and Chair, Social Work and Policy Studies, University of Sydney, Australia, provides expert knowledge of care work, international comparative analyses and anti-oppressive theory with a focus on equity. View profile here.

Albert Banerjee, sociologist and CoFAS Marie Curie Research Fellow, Stockholm University, Sweden, will offer critical perspectives on FPE. View profile here.

Susan Braedley is the Associate Director for the project and a Professor, School of Social Work, Carleton, contributes expertise on FPE, physical environments equity and access, long-term care (LTC), comparative social policy and mixed method research. View profile here.

Julia Brassolotto, Associate Professor, Public Health, Lethbridge, and AIHS Research Chair in Rural Health and Well-being, brings expertise in care of older adults, health equity perspectives and using philosophical frameworks. View profile here.

Sara Charlesworth, brings socio-legal expertise on front-line aged care and care work migration. She is Professor Emeritus, and former Deputy Head of School, Research & Innovation School of Management, and an executive of Centre for People, Organisation & Work, RMIT, Australia. View profile here.

Sally Chivers is an Associate Director and a Professor in English, Trent, is an expert in artistic communication through drama, film, and storytelling; she addresses cultural re- evaluations of aging, combining disability and aging studies, and assesses how attitudes towards aging influence practices. She will contribute to the contextual site analysis pivotal to understanding how “communities within communities” form and function. View profile here.

Jacqueline Choiniere, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, York, is a registered nurse with expertise in analysis of health reform, FPE, accountability, and women’s care work. View profile here.

Karine Côté-Boucher, Associate Professor, School of Criminology, Université de Montréal, and researcher, Centre international de criminologie brings knowledge of immigration and refugee issues in multicultural societies. View profile here.

Sean Hillier (Mi’kmaw) is an associate professor at the School of Health Policy & Management, in the Faculty of Health of York University. He is the Co-Chair of Indigenous Education Council at York; serves as the Special Advisor to the Dean on Indigenous Resurgence; and a full member of the Graduate Programs in Critical Disability Studies & Health Studies. Additionally, he is a Board Member of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT). At York University, he earned his Honors Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Law and Society, as well as a Master’s degree in Critical Disability Studies. Following, he pursued his Doctorate in Policy Studies with a specialization in Social Policy at Ryerson University. Dr. Hillier’s research interests include Indigenous Health, Indigenous Peoples experiences of Aging, Indigenous research ethics, Indigenous methodologies, 2-Spirited & LGBTTIQQA rights, and community-engaged research. His research aims to delineate the impact of policy on health care delivery for First Nations people living with HIV/AIDS.

Frode Fadnes Jacobsen, Professor, Elderly Care, Bergen University College, Norway, and Research Director, Centre for Care Research–Western Norway, has expertise in elderly care, health professionals, work culture, local knowledge systems and cultural aspects of health. View profile here.

Monique Lanoix, Associate Professor, Public Ethics and Philosophy, Saint Paul University, contributes expertise in political philosophy, feminist philosophy and medical ethics. View profile here.

Patricia D. McGuire, Kishebakabaykwe, Bizhiw nii doodem, Nindonjibaa Animbigoo zaaga’igan Aki, is Indian-Act-affiliated with Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek but has Lake Nipigon familial connections with Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek and Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek. She is Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Carleton and an Indigenous community helper with expertise creating respectful frameworks for inclusion of Indigenous knowledge(s). View profile here.

Martha McDonald, is an Economist and Professor Emeritus and past Chair, Department of Economics, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, has expertise in FPE, and studies LTC, precarious work, and income security policy. View profile here.

Stinne Glasdam is Associate Professor at Lund University, Sweden. For many years, Stinne has been involved in sociological research in the medical field with main foci at oncology, gerontology, public health, antimicrobial resistance and COVID-19. She is driven by an interest in investigating what happens in meetings between people, what significance it has when people with different social positions, different ways of living and different understandings of health and illness meet in the health system, as well as how health policy / organization and human life affect and influence each other. Stinne works primarily with qualitative research methods and sociological issues in the field of health science View profile here.

Peta Murray brings decades of professional practice as a community artist to her research on the use of playful and performative methods for capturing complex issues of ageing, illness, grief, and loss. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at RMIT, Australia where she is an active member of the non/fictionLab View profile here

Bodil H. Blix Professor, Department of health and care sciences, UiT The arctic university of Norway. My research interests are in the intersections of critical gerontology, narrative gerontology, and healthcare services research. My methodological expertise is in qualitative research and narrative studies. View profile here

Frank Tsen-Yung Wang, Professor, Social Work, National Chengchi University, Taiwan, brings expertise in LTC with a focus on indigenous and LGBT communities. He is Chair of the Taiwan Association of Family Caregivers and the Planning Committee of LTC of the Taiwanese government. He has expertise in institutional ethnography.View profile here.

Renate Ysseldyk, Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Carleton University, brings social psychological perspectives on religion, online social interactions, coping and arts-based methods. View profile here.


James Struthers, historian and Professor Emeritus, Trent, contributes expertise in LTC, regulation of nursing homes, home care policies, aging veterans, Canadian social policy and social welfare history. View profile here.

Ivy Bourgeault, Professor, Telfer School of Management and the Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa, will contribute expertise on health professions, health policy and influencing health policy. View profile here.

Joel Lexchin, Professor Emeritus, York, Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, and emergency room physician, will provide expertise about LTC and pharmaceutical prescribing for seniors. View profile here.

Stephen Katz, Professor of Sociology, Trent, will provide insight on aging bodies, quantifying technologies, critical gerontology, biopolitics, and cognitive impairment. View profile here.

Sheila Neysmith, Professor Emeritus and former Associate Dean of Research, Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, brings extensive knowledge and experience engaging with policy issues impacting seniors. View profile here.

Research Coordinator

Negeen Pak, Research Coordinator for Dr. Tamara Daly’s research program. Her research interests surround feminist political economy, access to healthcare and barriers for racialized communities. Negeen has an MA in Health Policy and Equity from York University, and works across multiple research projects for Dr. Daly.

Current & Former Students

Yngvild Brandser Alvsåker, a doctoral student in Nursing Science at Center for Care Research Western Norway and University of Bergen. Her topic of research is telecare in Norwegian home care services. Her work is influenced by sociological theories and she works qualitative with observations and interviews with staff and recipients. View profile here.

Therese Bruland, a masters student in Community Work at Western Norway University of Applied Science. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy and currently also works as a teacher at the faculty Occupational Therapy at Western Norway University of Applied Science.

Anna Przednowek, M.ADS, MSW, RSW/PhD Candidate.  Anna is a registered Social Worker and a PhD Candidate in the School of Social Work at Carleton University.  Building on fourteen years of community practice, Anna’s doctoral research explores the impacts of Individualized Funding on familial care provision with persons labelled with Intellectual Disabilities in Ontario, Canada. Her interest in an “aging and disability” intersection stems from practice experience working with seniors labelled with Intellectual Disabilities and aging paid and familial care providers, and her work with her doctoral research supervisor Dr. Susan Braedley

Christine Streeter is a second-year PhD Student in the School of Social Work and Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University. As a social worker, her research explores precarious work, unpaid work and unpaid care work while considering social, political and economic dimensions. Specifically, she plans on examining social work students transitions from school to employment in the new gig economy under the guidance of her doctoral research supervisor Dr. Susan Braedley. Recently, she has been involved in ethnographic site studies involving unpaid work in long-term residential care. As well as working with community organizations in their research and evaluation activities

Kate Simola is an emerging filmmaker and activist currently residing in Peterborough, Ontario. She holds a BA in Sociology and Cultural Studies with a Specialization in Film and Media from Trent University (2020). As a Trent student, Kathryn has been active organizing and programing many film screenings on campus, and furthered her experience in this field by holding a full-year internship at ReFrame Film Festival 2020. Her current interests include filmmaking ethics, activism film, and allyship.

Elias Chaccour is a doctoral student at York University’s School of Health Policy and Management. He completed a Master of Health Administration at Université de Montréal and has over ten years of experience in healthcare administration and policy in Ontario and Quebec. His areas of expertise include program development and evaluation in the spheres of patient navigation, chronic disease management, cancer screening and treatment, palliative and end-of-life care. Over the past few years, Elias has worked with Indigenous communities to advance Indigenous health equity and wellbeing in Ontario. His current research focuses on investigating promising practices in trauma-informed care for older adults who have experienced trauma using a cultural safety and humility framework.

Oliver Debney is a Master of Social Work student at Carleton University. He recently graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work during which he worked as an RA for a number of projects focused on community, memory, trauma, and ephemera. His current research is looking at the ways in which the stories we tell about ourselves vary depending on the contexts in which they are being told. Through this work, Oliver hopes to better understand not only the ways we construct ourselves, but how we interpret others in the world around us.”

Deborah Young is a PhD student at the School of Social Work at Carleton University.  Her area of interest is reconciliation in the federal public service in Canada.  Over the past twenty years, Deborah has dedicated both her professional and academic life working with and for Indigenous peoples of Canada.  After six years as a policy advisor at the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Deborah joined the Public Service of Canada in 1997 where she worked on several key federal policy and program initiatives, including serving as senior advisor to two federal cabinet ministers. One of Deborah’s major accomplishments was her role in the overall planning and coordination of the Prime Minister’s historic Statement of Apology to former students of Indian Residential Schools on June 11, 2008. In July 2011, Deborah joined the University of Manitoba as the Executive Lead for Indigenous Achievement. Deborah was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and she is proud member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation.  She remains connected to Opaskwayak Cree Nation through her large extended family, and to the Indigenous community both in Manitoba and nationally through her extensive network.

Mariana Castelli Rosa, I have a B.A. in English and Portuguese from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, a M.A. in English Studies from the University of Heidelberg, Germany and I am currently pursuing a M.A. in Public Texts from Trent University, Canada. In September 2018,  I will start my Ph.D. in Cultural Studies at Trent University.

Madelén Skogman holds a bachelors degree in intercultural communication, focusing on universal human rights and interaction between people and cultures. She is currently in the first semester, first year, of her masters degree in community work at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. In addition to her studies, she volunteers as a Norwegian teacher for immigrants in Bergen. 

Hamza Al-Shammaa graduated from the school of kinesiology and health science at York University in June 2020. Since spring 2019, Hamza has been working along with the team as a student research assistant under the supervision of Dr. Sean Hillier and Dr. Tamara Daly. His work specifically focuses on the experiences of Indigenous Peoples with aging, older adults living in their communities, and Indigenous Peoples’ health. Currently, he is documenting and analyzing the experiences of older adults and Indigenous Peoples, and the support they are receiving, during the COVID-19 pandemic

Kelsey Berg, Kelsey Berg is a doctoral student at the University of Lethbridge in Population Studies in Health. She completed her Masters of Public Health and certificate in Epidemiology at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois in 2017. Since this time, Kelsey has been part of the Research and Innovation Department in Population, Public, and Indigenous Health with Alberta Health Services. Her research focuses on social determinants of health and health equity.

Madeline Lamanna, Madeline Lamanna will be beginning her Master of Science in Health Sciences at Carleton University in September. Under the supervision of Dr. Renate Ysseldyk, her thesis will explore how Age-Friendly Community initiatives can better take into account the needs and experiences of older adults from a variety of ethnocultural backgrounds. She has also been awarded the SSHRC-CGS Master’s Scholarship. Madeline has graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Health Studies and Psychology. At the University of Toronto, she conducted an independent research project on social isolation of older adults and public transportation and volunteered with the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE).

Ngozi Iroanyah, PhD Student

Kiki Chang, PhD Student