About Us

Picture of Tony's Team

[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 Ph.D. 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.

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.

Dr. Zhen (Jane) Zhu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Management at Sichuan College of Architectural Technology. Her research interests include human capital investment efficiency, the development of the Human Resources service industry in Sichuan, China and linkages between workforce diversity and workplace productivity.With over 20 years of working experience in human resources and human capital research, Jane has developed a broad range of technical expertise in data collection, processing and analysis from existing research, survey, interview and other sources. 

Dr. Mladen Adamovic is a Research Fellow in Management and Leadership at the Centre for Workplace Leadership at the University of Melbourne. Before joining The University of Melbourne in 2015, Mladen was a Lecturer at the University of Toulouse 1 Capitole in France, where he also earned his PhD in Management Science. He also completed a Master in Business Administration in Germany, a Master in International Management in France, and gained work experience in the tourism and shipbuilding sector

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 Ph.D. 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.

Yan Fu is a doctoral candidate majoring in Public Administration at the Department of Public Policy and Administration of Zhejiang University and an assistant research fellow in Zhejiang Institution of Talent Development. Her research mainly concentrates on talent management practices in China, talent policy making and implementation deviations, and talent policy performance evaluation. Yan specializes in survey studies and case studies. She is also skilled with several quantitative analytical techniques including regression method and bibliometric method.

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.

Xin Chen is an M.A. student majoring in Economics at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her research interests include tuition fee determination factors in Canada, and the recruitment and retention of international students in Canada. Xin specializes in survey studies and case studies. She is also very skilled in structural equation modelling and other quantitative analytical techniques, such as regression methods. To conduct her research, Chen participates in many consulting projects about Canadian immigration policy to acquire a better understanding of local practices.

Qi Zhang is an M.A. student majoring in Economics at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Qi has worked on a number of projects related to retirement age policy and working time policy on labor supply, savings and consumption patterns as well as effects of workforce diversity on productivity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

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.

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 an M.A. 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.

Contact

Jarislowsky Chair in Cultural and Economic Transformation

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000