The Research Team

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Principal Investigator

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..

Co-Investigators

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.

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.

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.

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.

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..

Project Coordinator

Sameena Karim Jamal is the HWS Project Coordinator and the HWS blog developer. She is currently 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.

U of T Coordinator

Wesal Abu Qaddum is a PhD student in the Leadership, Higher and Adult Education Department at OISE. Her doctoral research concerns the educational outcomes of second-generation racialized youth living in public housing. She worked as a social worker for several years in the Greater Toronto Area, serving diverse clientele. As she moves forward in her work, she hopes to continue supporting the needs of the communities and youth she cares about..

HWS Research Assistants.

Research Assistants at UBC

Catalina Bobadilla is a first year MA student in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. Her interest lies in the experiences students go through as they navigate higher education, particularly the supporting measures that are needed to advance towards equitable, inclusive and meaningful experiences inside and outside the realm of formal learning..

Ellysa Smith is an undergraduate research assistant and second degree student with a background in Political Science, currently studying Sociology and Adult Education. Their research interests are trauma-informed learning spaces and the association between education and health. As a neurodiverse learner and working student, Ellysa is passionate about supporting working students’ learning and health. Ellysa hopes that this study will contribute to academic policy and generate awareness surrounding the unique challenges working students face.

Sirui Wu recently completed the requirements for her MA in Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology at the University of British Columbia. Her research interest is in career education, in particular, on building measures that help students find their preferred jobs. Having combined work and studies for more than six years, she is personally aware of the significant influence of work experience. She believes HWS can provide new insights into how work experiences impact students’ lives.

Research Assistants at U of T

Victoria Parlatore is a Masters of Arts student in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Toronto. Her previous work has focused on exploring the academic and social experiences of students in their first-year of post-secondary education and how they navigate “success”. She is interested in investigating experiences in education from the student perspective and understanding more about what supports students need to succeed in balancing their personal, academic, and professional lives. She hopes the HWS project can center the voices of students to illuminate their lived realities and influence policy and practice based on their stories.

Sirena Liladrie is a Research Assistant and a PhD student in the Adult Education and Community Development Program at OISE. She is interested in exploring the retirement options for aging women of colour in precarious work in Ontario and how the barriers experienced may impact their health and well being.

Angelika Stavrakoukas is an undergraduate Research Assistant who studies health studies (population health) and human biology at the University of Toronto. Her interest in the HWS project arises from her interest in understanding the unique experiences faced by working students across Toronto and British Columbia, as well as her interest in research – specifically mixed-methods research. She hopes to further understand the relationship between work and school in students and hopes that this project will influence university practices everywhere.

Alan Zha is a graduate student at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, pursuing a Master of Education degree in Higher Education, with a specialization in Comparative, International and Development education (CIDE). He also completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, with a major in history. As a student who has worked throughout both his undergraduate and graduate career, he is passionate about supporting student success and development, and hopes to contribute his various experiences and expertise to the HWS project.

Raegina Jeyaranjan is completing her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Toronto specializing in Gerontology. She is working on this project as a Work Study Research Assistant. Her interest in this study stemmed from the fact that in the past she enjoyed working with the student population and hearing about their experiences. She is excited to learn more about students’ experiences and is hoping that this project will push post-secondary institutions to revise their policies and practices to improve current and future students’ experiences.

Aiswarya Sathanantham is an undergraduate Research Assistant majoring in Mental Health Studies and Human Biology at the University of Toronto. As a strong advocate for mental health, Aiswarya wants to understand how working students balance their mental well-being with their busy schedules. Furthermore, through her contribution to the HWS project, Aiswarya hopes to motivate organizational policy changes to cater to working students and their well-being.

Former Research Assistants

Sara Sanabria was an undergraduate Research Assistant who was part of the SciencesPo-UBC Dual BA programme. She majored in Political Science and International Relations, and graduated in 2020. 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 was an undergraduate Research Assistant studying physiology and environmental sciences under the Integrated Sciences program at UBC; she graduated in 2020. Her motivation for being part of the research team was to improve conditions for working students and raise awareness about the struggles that such students face. Maryam herself faced some challenges in the past as she tried to balance work with volunteering and her studies.

Lauryn Rohde was an undergraduate Research Assistant while studying International Relations at UBC with a minor in Environment and Society; she graduated in 2019. 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..

Julia Rudecki is a Research Assistant and a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy Student at the University of Toronto. Her interest in the HWS stems from her undergraduate experience of balancing multiple jobs and a full-time course load. She is curious to see how work experiences can impact one’s academic and personal life and vice versa.

Lauren Van Dyke is an undergraduate Research Assistant majoring in Global Health and Biodiversity & Conservation Biology at the University of Toronto. Her interest in the HWS project stems from her own experience balancing full-time studies, a part-time job, and a varsity athletics schedule. She hopes this work will positively impact university practices and policies surrounding working students.

Adhiba Nilormi is an undergraduate Research Assistant, majoring in Health Studies and Human Biology at the University of Toronto – St. George campus. Her research interests lie in the unique barriers to healthcare and quality of life of vulnerable communities, particularly the aging population. Being a working student herself, she looks forward to gaining insight into the experiences of a diverse group of hard-working students.

Erin Kim is an undergraduate Work Study student studying global health and immunology at the University of Toronto. With previous experience involved in supporting accessibility in the workplace, she is interested in the HWS project and learning about the experiences of working students.

Anisa Bhatti is a transfer student from Long Island, New York studying at the University of Toronto, St George Campus. She is a Biology major with minors applied in Physiology and Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health. Her interest in the HWS project was based on her personal experience balancing two jobs and being a full-time student at her previous college. She wants to understand how students’ jobs can impact their university/personal life socially and academically. Anisa hopes that this project can positively influence students by identifying ways in which the university can help working students.

Avishan Persadmehr was an undergraduate Research Assistant while studying Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Toronto. She is interested in the mental health and well-being of individuals of various demographic backgrounds, and in the academic achievement of working students.

Eman Zahid was an undergraduate Research Assistant majoring in English and Women and Gender Studies. Her interest in the HWS project stems from her personal history with juggling academic responsibilities and multiple jobs, and a strong passion for understanding how systemic frameworks impact students on a daily basis in a capitalist society.

Jess Kim was an undergraduate Research Assistant, studying criminology and sociology at the University of Toronto. As she balanced two part-time jobs and full-time studies, Jess was excited to bring in her own perspective to the project and hoped to gain meaningful insight into other students’ experiences.

Madia Farid is a PhD student in the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning department at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Her interest in the HWS project stems from her own personal life as she is trying to balance full-time studies and having a part-time job.

 

Blogsite Design

Mary Victor Kostandy is a PhD student in the Department of Educational Studies at UBC. Thank you to Mary for providing valuable technical assistance in designing this blogsite!

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