The Research Team

Alison Taylor is a Professor in Educational Studies at UBC and the Principal Investigator for the HWS project. She’s interested in studying working students partly because she is aware from talking to her own kids that times have changed since she was an undergrad, and she wants to learn more about what the world looks like from the vantage point of students today.

Hongxia Shan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on work and learning, knowledge transfer and educational studies in the context of globalization and migration. Her interest in the HWS project is rooted in international students’ work and learning patterns and the social, organizational and institutional policies and practices that afford students the space of work and learning.

Sameena Karim Jamal is the HWS Project Coordinator and is also a PhD student in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. She is keen on finding out more about the work-study intersections of students, and how these affect the personal, professional, social and academic aspects of their lives.

Kiran Mirchandani is a Professor in Adult Education and Community Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. She is interested in the experiences of various groups of racialized youth who work in precarious jobs while they are students. She would like to discover how work opportunities for students can be made socially as well as individually enriching.

Wolfgang Lehmann is Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Chair in the Department of Sociology at Western University. His work has examined the complexity of transitions from education to employment, with particular interest in the experiences of working-class, first-generation university students from their first year at university to early employment. In the HWS project, Wolfgang wants to look more closely at these students’ experiences of part-time work while in undergraduate studies.

Robert Sweet is Professor Emeritus at Lakehead University. He is interested in school to work transitions of immigrant students and international students. Bob is interested in this project because of his concern for the well-being of working students.

Milosh Raykov is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education Studies at the University of Malta. His research interests include studies of the quality of work life, and the long-term outcomes of community service-learning for university students. In this project, Milosh is particularly interested in comparisons of working students in Canada and Europe.

Sara Sanabria is an undergraduate Research Assistant who is part of the SciencesPo-UBC Dual BA programme. She majors in Political Science and International Relations. Sara got her first job when she was 14 and has been a working student almost consecutively since then. She believes that the HWS study is directly related to her own life and could help other working students in the future.

Maryam Momen is an undergraduate Research Assistant who studies physiology and environmental sciences under the Integrated Sciences program at UBC. Her motivation for being part of the research team is to improve conditions for working students and raise awareness about the struggles that such students face. Maryam herself has faced some challenges in the past as she has tried to balance work with volunteering and her studies.

Lauryn Rohde is an undergraduate Research Assistant who is studying International Relations, with a minor in Environment and Society. Her interest in the HWS project stems from her personal history balancing academics and multiple jobs, and a desire to understand how policies and structures impact individuals lived experiences.