About Us

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[From Left to Right: Petr Kocourek, Opeyemi Jaunty-Aidamenbor, Troy Osmond, Tony Fang, Kerri Neil, Halina Sapeha, Dawei Jiang, Weimin Dai]

Dr. Tony Fang is the Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Economic and Cultural Transformation at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Currently he sits on a World Bank's Expert Advisory Committee on Migration and Development. He is dedicated to publishing cutting-edge research on the Canadian, and Newfoundland and Labrador economies. His areas of research interest encompass issues of high performance workplace practices, retirement policy and the ageing workforce, education, immigration, innovation and firm growth. He has provided extensive consulting services to the HRSC, Statistics Canada, and Government of Ontario.

Dr. Halina Sapeha is a Public Engagement Postdoctoral Fellow at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She earned her PhD in Comparative Public Policy from McMaster University. Her research interests include labour migration, integration of immigrants, and efficacy and effectiveness of public policies. She previously held posts in international agencies and think tanks in Europe and worked on surveys in Canada and abroad for COMPAS Research.

Kerri Neil is a graduate student in Sociology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has been working with Dr. Fang for the past year researching and writing pieces on immigration, such as “Sense of Belonging” in the 2015 Vital Signs report. She also works with Collaborative Applied Research in Economics (CARE) where she analyzes labour markets within Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dr. David Brake is a researcher, educator, internet consultant and journalist. His broad research interests include digital divides and digital media literacy, mediated interpersonal interaction, the political economy of the social web and other internet applications, online journalism (in particular journalists and user generated content) and the interconnections between new media, the mass medias and politics. His PhD thesis (London School of Economics) was on personal webloggers and their relationship with their audiences.

Opeyemi Jaunty-Aidamenbor is a Ph.D. candidate researching the impact of immigrants on the labour market of Newfoundland and Labrador, especially the impact on labour market outcomes of the local population. She examines what group(s) is/are most affected and how. She is currently enrolled in the Interdisciplinary PhD programme (Economics, Sociology, and Political Science) at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She received an MSc in Human Resource Management from the University of Wales, United Kingdom.

Sara Pun is a PhD student in Ethnomusicology at Memorial University and is also a music therapist and music educator. Her research interests is in building community through music-making and music sharing through world music. She believes in the power of applied ethnomusicology and public sector work that can promote values like pluralism and diversity in society.

Sinikka Okkola is a recent M.A. graduate in Geography at Memorial University. Her research interests are regional development, housing and income inequalities. She also holds a degree in chemical engineering from Abo Akademi, Turku, Finland.

Yanfen Ally Li is a graduate student in Economics at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her research interests encompass labor market economics, behavioral economics, and high performance work practices.

Donny Persaud is a MA student in the Department of Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His research focuses on the implementation, repair, and use of public infrastructures in rural settings such as Newfoundland’s outport communities.

Petr Kocourek is an undergraduate student in Economics and Mathematics at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His research interests focus on labour market problematics and international and political economics. He also holds an M.A. degree in Philosophy.

Troy Osmond is an undergraduate student in Economics at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His research interests encompass labour market economics, behavioral economics, public economics, and welfare economics. He plans to enter the graduate program for economics next year once finishing his degree.

Dawei Jiang is a PhD candidate from Renmin University of China whose research is focusing on the question“Does household appliances consumption make wives happier?”

Youren (David) Zhang is a Professor of Economics and Vice Dean of Hangzhou Business School at the Zhejiang Gongshang University, China. His interest areas are international trade and finance, game theory, and industrial organization.

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