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Research Associate, York University

A team of researchers at York University (Dennis Raphael, School of Health Policy & Management; Toba Bryant, Department of Sociology, Isolde Daiski and Beryl Pilkington, School of Nursing) holds funding for two projects that require a research associate. The primary one is "Globalization and the Health of Canadians" (PI Ronald Labonte) which is funded by the Canadian Institute for Population Research.  The second project is "Examining the Social Determinants of the Incidence and Management of Type II Diabetes among Vulnerable Populations in Toronto" (PI Dennis Raphael) which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. We are seeking a research associate to participate in helping manage and carry out - with the support of the investigators - the projects' components over the next 12 months.  

The Globalization component involves literature searches and analyses that explore how processes associated with Globalization are influencing the ability of municipal governments and authorities to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We see this project as taking up 2/3 of the associate's duties. The Diabetes project involves assisting with thematic analyses of interview transcripts and carrying out analysis of public policy responses to study findings.


We require a person who can work independently to and carry out these duties. We see the person as having trained at the masters level in either the public policy, health sciences, social sciences, nursing, or a related field. We are seeking someone with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.  Thoroughness and attention to detail are essential for this role.  The person should have experience in public policy analysis and literature reviews, conducting and analyzing in-depth qualitative interviews; and experience in writing reports. Contacts with the local service community in Toronto and understanding public policy issues facing cities and vulnerable populations would be assets.

These skills will be critical for carrying out the major responsibilities which will include (1) searching and analyzing literature related to globalization and public policy, (2) contacting and working closely with city officials to gather information; (3) helping to analyze the data that result from interviews carried out with community members with diabetes; and  (4) working with stakeholders to identify policy options that flow from these findings; and (5) helping to write reports from these projects.

This position is part-time (80%) and is located in the School of Health Policy & Management at York University's Keele Street campus.  Salary is $35,000 per annum [prorated at 80%], and includes some benefits.

Please forward your CV and covering letter, along with the names and telephone numbers of 2 references to Dennis Raphael at by November 19.
Please forward to interested parties.

You must be eligible to work in Canada.

[Source: SDOH,]