About Us

Jarislowsky Chair Team Photo

[From Left to Right: Xin Chen, David Brake, Kerri Claire Neil, Tony Fang, Jason Water, Qi Zhang, Nabila Qureshi]

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. 

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.

Qi Zhang is a researcher with an M.A. 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.

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.

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

Kerri Claire Neil has a B.A. (Hons.) in Economics from Memorial University and is completing her M.A. in Sociology at Memorial. Kerri Claire has worked with Dr. Fangs on several projects researching immigration and municipal service delivery in the province, with a focus on policy development and has several publications, including the Democracy Cookbook.

Nabila Qureshi is an M.Sc. Medicine (Community Health) student in the Division of Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, at Memorial University. Her thesis topic will explore the experience of early resettlement on refugee youth in St. John's and the  impact that has on their sense of well-being. In addition to her academics, she volunteers with the Refugee Immigrant and Advisory  Council's community-based radio show, Radio RIAC.

Jason Waters is an MA student in political science who has joined the team as a GA. Jason will provide qualitative policy research assistance as well as supporting the upcoming Immigration and Sustainable Development conference. His research interests focus on public policy and local governance.

Paula Struk Jaia is an MA student in Economics  at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has worked on a number of projects for CARE (Collaborative Applied Research in Economics), as well as assisting Dr. Fang in projects related to migration and labour market in Newfoundland and Labrador. Her research interest focus on the relationship between the society and economics, and combining the economic theory with statistical and econometrics analysis.

Celestine Muli is a MPhil Humanities student at Memorial University. She has a background in Agriculture and Environmental Economics and is experienced in topics on international development and cooperation. She previously worked with international agencies and research institutes in Germany and in Kenya on topics related to food security, environmental and ecosystem degradation and the related socioeconomic implications. Her current research interests include exploring migration in the lens of governance, economic and social impact, environmental degradation, gender and the precarity associated with migration.

Md Arifur Rahman is a graduate research assistant and pursuing an MA in Economics at Memorial University. His research interests include econometrics, big data, artificial intelligence, public finance, labor market, and health economics.


Jarislowsky Chair in Cultural and Economic Transformation

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