Global Strategy Lab

Global Strategy Lab

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A bi-campus interdisciplinary research program that brings cutting-edge science and scholarship to bear on how global institutions, instruments and initiatives are designed.

The Global Strategy Lab is concerned with  the most pressing global challenges. Directed by Steven J. Hoffman and based at York University and the University of Ottawa, the Lab focuses on three priorities:

1. Generating evidence about different global strategies including when, how and why they can be used to tackle transnational health threats and social inequalities

2. Developing new analytic, empirical and big data methods for evaluating complex global strategies and using them to draw new insights about how to implement global agreements, goals and policies

3. Translating research into evidence-based collective action by working with governments, civil society organizations and international agencies in developing their global strategies and training the next generation of strategic thinkers and leaders in global governance, law and politics

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GSL Faculty
Patrick Fafard
Associate Director, Global Strategy Lab
Patrick Fafard has an extensive career in both academe and government. His public service career includes service with the Government of Canada where he served as Director General in the Intergovernmental Affairs Secretariat of the Privy Council Office and with three provincial governments including serving as Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Commission on Medicare (2000-2001). Patrick is the author, co-author and editor of several publications dealing with health, trade and environmental policy as well as a series of studies on federalism in Canada. He is the author of Evidence and Healthy Public Policy: Insights from Health and Political Sciences, a report prepared for the National Collaborating Centre on Healthy Public Policy. His work has appeared also in Regional and Federal Studies, International Journal, Canadian Public Administration, and the Journal of Urban Health. His current research includes work on health in all policies; the role of “science” and “social justice” in public health policy; and the ethics of care giving.
GSL Staff
Brooke Campus
Research Coordinator
Brooke Campus is the Research Coordinator at the Global Strategy Lab. She graduated with a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Waterloo School of Public Health and Health Systems, and an Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc) from the University of Toronto. Brooke previously worked as a Research Supervisor at the University of Waterloo School of Public Health and Health Systems. Her previous research experience has been focused on food insecurity, immigrant and refugee health, and nutrition.
Phoebe McAuley
Executive Assistant
Phoebe McAuley is the Executive Assistant at Global Strategy Lab. She graduated from Queen's University School of Health Studies with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree. Previously, Phoebe worked as a clinical research coordinator at an allergy and immunology clinic with a focus on desensitization to food allergens, urticaria and autoinflammatory diseases. As administrative assistant, Phoebe provides support across the GSL team.
Lathika Laguwaran
Research Manager
Lathika is the Research Manager at the Global Strategy Lab. She has completed her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Saskatchewan and her Hon. Bachelor of Science (HBSc) degree from the University of Toronto. She currently volunteers as the Director of Community Research for the Tamil Health Association (a not for profit organization in the Greater Toronto Area that serves the Tamil population) and a board member for the Human Rights Internet (a not for profit organization that seeks to build a web-based hub for human rights information and resources relevant to Canada). Her research interests include the impact of international law on public health, transnational health threats, migrant health and health policy. Lathika was previously the Assistant Director of the Global Health Law Clinic.
GSL Researchers
Prativa Baral
Research Fellow
Prativa Baral is a Research Fellow with the Global Strategy Lab. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from McGill University and an MPH in epidemiology from Columbia University. Previously, Prativa worked on a number of research projects surrounding child protection policies and access to care in marginalized populations for the New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Centre. She has also interned for the Cochrane Centre in Paris, where her fascination with data and her resolve to work towards evidence-based policy-making strengthened. Her commitment to global health emerged through her ongoing work with refugees for various agencies including the Child Protection Services and the Ministries of Immigration and Justice. She is particularly interested in the intersection of health and human rights on a global scale and the use of implementation science to cause sustainable impact.
Adèle Cassola
Research Associate
Adèle Cassola is a Research Associate with the Global Strategy Lab. She recently completed her Ph.D. in Urban Planning at Columbia University, where her mixed-methods research examined how political, economic, and institutional factors influence the local adoption and implementation of equitable development policies. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics. Adèle previously led globally comparative research on equity in legal rights protections at the Institute for Health and Social Policy and the World Policy Analysis Centre. She has also conducted community-based research on the health and socioeconomic wellbeing of low-income households with the Centre for Research on Inner City Health in Toronto and New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
Ranjana Nagi
Post Bachelor Research Fellow
Ranjana Nagi is a Post-Bachelor Research Fellow with the Global Strategy Lab. As a fourth-year Bachelors of Science (Honours) in Global Health candidate at York University, she has participated in a diverse range of activities that have broadened her knowledge of global health – an area she is actively and passionately pursuing. Activities include volunteering in patient supports at her local hospital, working alongside the marketing department at a pharmaceutical company, developing and evaluating health peer tutoring and mentoring programs for her undergraduate school community, and even competing in a social innovation challenge!
Mathieu Poirier
Research Fellow
Mathieu is conducting research on the topic of global legal epidemiology at the Global Strategy Lab, with an initial focus on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control’s effect on international tobacco consumption. He is completing his PhD studies in McMaster University’s Health Policy PhD program, where his research focuses on applying innovative health equity metrics across national boundaries to uncover transnational gradients of health, as well as examining the impact of health policy on these socially and politically determined inequities. He has also conducted research on tobacco and alcohol tax policy, comparative welfare state studies, infectious disease and neglected tropical diseases, and healthcare system organization. He has an M.P.H. in global health practice from the University of South Florida, a B.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is Certified in Public Health by the NBPHE. He previously directed neglected tropical disease and vector-borne disease research for the Notre Dame Haiti Program from 2012 to 2014 in Léogâne, Haiti. Prior to that, he completed an internship with PAHO/WHO in La Paz, Bolivia concentrating on health equity analysis and health systems strengthening, and organized health promotion activities after the 2010 cholera epidemic in the Dominican Republic.
Susan Rogers Van Katwyk
Managing Research Fellow
Susan Rogers Van Katwyk is the Managing Research Fellow for the Global Strategy Lab and a PhD candidate in Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa's School of Epidemiology and Public Health. Susan's research interests are in antimicrobial resistance, global health policy, global pandemics and health equity issues. Susan has a first-class honours degree in Biochemistry from Mount Allison University, where she also minored in Women & Gender Studies and ran the Science & Technology Bureau of the Canadian University Press. In addition to working with the Global Strategy Lab, Susan is a contributor to the website and formerly an Editor of the University of Ottawa's Journal of Medicine.

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