Our faculty are thought leaders undertaking ground-breaking research around the most relevant issues facing humanity today. They are often asked to comment on issues impacting society and contribute to discussions on current events. Browse through recent media where LA&PS professors have been called upon for their expertise.
Will Ontario's right to disconnect law actually help improve work-life balance?
Ontario's new right to disconnect policy has created buzz about its potential to help workers achieve more work-life balance, but experts like Professor David Doorey argue that the policy is misleading as it doesn't creative any new rights for people.
Strip searches are ineffective, unnecessary and target racialized Canadian
Despite making up just 10% of Toronto's population, in 2020, one in every three people who were strip-searched are Black. Monika Lemke, PhD candidate in Socio-Legal Studies, explores how strip searching evokes racial and sexual trauma in her latest article for Conversation Canada.
How LGBTQI+ to LGBTQI+ support is helping Ukrainian refugees find safety in the EU
"Nearly 7 million people have fled Ukraine as refugees," co-writes Professor Yvonne Su. "An untold number of #LGBTQI+ Ukrainians – especially trans women, trans men & non-binary people – have faced barriers trying to exit Ukraine.
COVID-19 made Canadians more trusting, depending on their income, study finds
"Trusting is risky. Those with more resources are more able to assume that risk," notes Professor Cary Wu, whose latest research study has revealed that differing levels of trust among citizens can exacerbate social inequalities.
Ottawa police more likely to use force on Black, Middle Eastern, Indigenous people: report
Ottawa police officers (OPS) have disproportionately used force against people they believed were Black, Indigenous or Middle Eastern, finds Professors Les Jacobs and Lorne Foster, who were commissioned by the OPS to analyze the data.
Career sacrifice, especially during a pandemic, is never easy. Here’s how to make that decision
What are the pros and cons of career sacrifice? Professor Jelena Zikic takes a closer look at the various scenarios and consequences — both positive and negative.
Other frontlines: How the war in Ukraine is transforming the LGBTQ+ rights landscape in Europe
While the war in Ukraine appears to be strengthening calls for 2SLGBTQIA rights protections, there are risks that 2SLGBTQIA liberation could be swallowed by the rhetoric of war, explains Professor Yvonne Su and co-authors in the latest edition of The Conversation Canada.
Stained glass window in little-known Ottawa church is a masterpiece hidden in plain sight
An astonishing stained glass window in an Ottawa church “is significant in the world of stained glass for two reasons: as the work of the artist, Wilhelmina Geddes, and because of its artistic style and qualities,” notes Professor Shirley Ann Brown.
Too many dangers in promised privatization of care economy
"Cheaper, more equitable, high-quality care that creates good jobs won’t happen by expanding for-profit care," suggest Professor Pat Armstrong and her co-authors. In their latest article for Toronto Star, they propose 10 advantages of investing more in public and not-for-profit care.
Trans comedian Cindy Rivers's story is one four stories told in BOUND, an operatic documentary of belonging
How welcoming are we as a country, as a city, as a community? A new hybrid opera-film asks just that question. Featuring the stories of 4 Canadians, including, Professor Zulfikar Hirji, BOUND explores the barriers newcomers and marginalized people face.