Past Team

John Grundy is a Postdoctoral Researcher from on the ‘Boundaries and Possibilities in the Socio-Political Shaping of Unemployment’ project in the School of Occupational Therapy, Western University. His research interests are labour market policy, public administration and equity policy. His current research focuses on the administration of the Employment Insurance program and employment standards enforcement in Ontario.







Melanie Stone is a second year PhD student in the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at Western University. She is a PhD level trainee on the Boundaries and Possibilities in the Socio-Political Shaping of Unemployment project in the School of Occupational Therapy at Western University. Her interests involve feminist disability theory, accessibility policy, as well as motherhood and the impacts of employment and workfare policies on women with children.






Awish Aslam is an MA student in the Department of Sociology at Western University, specializing in Migration and Ethnic Relations. Her research interests include school-work transitions, the labour market integration of immigrants, and the experiences of second-generation immigrant youth in Canada.








Kate Whiting brings over nine years of experience in communications and public policy to the team. In the nonprofit sector she worked on improving historical health disparity and increasing access to reliable transit and non-motorized modes of transportation. Kate hails from Washington State, where she received her degree in Political Science from Washington State University, focusing on international relations. In her spare time Kate enjoys exploring St. Louis by bike and volunteering at Great Rivers Greenway. 


Heidi Moore Banos has both her BS and MS in Criminal Justice. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Social and Public Policy at St. Louis University. Along with being a Recognized Associate Substance Abuse Counselor II, she is a trained facilitator in “Makin’ It Work” and “Moral Reconation Therapy”. Heidi has worked in both the government and the non-profit sector. She has worked with individuals in the criminal justice system for over 13 years, she continues to serve on numerous boards and committees. Heidi’s research interests are sex offender, corrections, and prisoner re-entry polices. 






Caroline Baird is a MOT student in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at Saint Louis University. A community member in St. Louis, Caroline has experienced first-hand the injustices associated with long-term unemployment. Past courses she has taken have focused on critical perspectives of culture and the development of occupation across the lifespan. Caroline will receive her undergraduate degree in Occupational Science in May of 2016 from Saint Louis University. 






Carlo Fanelli received his PhD in Sociology and Political Economy from Carleton University; MA in Sociology, and BA in Political Science and Sociology from York University. His interests are in work and labour markets, public policy and administration, sub/urban and regional governance, comparative political economy and social inequality, broadly defined. He maintains a collection of his writing at, and can be reached on Twitter @carlofanelli.