Esra Sarioglu received her Ph.D. in Sociology at SUNY-Binghamton and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Gender Studies Division, in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Ankara University, Turkey. Her primary research areas are gender and labor in global era. She is particularly interested in examining how the global economy interacts with social constructions of gender and gender hierarchies. Esra’s ethnographic research projects focus on Turkey, where women’s labor force participation rates are low by international standards, even when compared to other countries at similar levels of economic development, engaging with the literature on the feminization of labor. These projects have focused in particular on working class women, such as home-based workers and saleswomen in relation to questions of the cultural politics of sexuality and aesthetics at work as well as the constitution of self and subjectivity at the intersection of class and gender. Esra’s scholarly articles have been published in Gender, Work & Organization and Women’s Studies International Forum.
Carlo Fanelli is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Politics & Public Administration, Ryerson University, with interests in critical political economy, labour studies, public policy, climate change, social movements, urban sociology and education. He received his PhD from the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Carleton University, with a specialization in Political Economy, and his MA in Sociology and BA Honours in Political Science and Sociology from York University. Carlo serves as editor of Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research and maintains a collection of his writing at carlofanelli.org.
Fay Faraday is a lawyer with an independent social justice practice in Toronto. She represents unions, community organizations and coalitions in constitutional litigation, human rights and labour. She has represented clients in constitutional litigation at all levels of court, including numerous cases at the Supreme Court of Canada. She also works collaboratively with community organizations and coalitions on strategic and policy advice. Fay holds an Innovation Fellowship with the Metcalf Foundation where she is engaged in legal and community-based research addressing the rights of migrant workers. Her reports Made in Canada: How the Law Constructs Migrant Workers’ Insecurity and Profiting from the Precarious: How Recruitment Practices Exploit Migrant Workers were published by the Metcalf Foundation in 2012 and 2014. Fay is also a Visiting Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. Fay is the Visiting Packer Chair in Social Justice at York University from 2014-2016.
Andrew Jackson was the Packer Visiting Professor of Social Justice at York University for 2012-2014 and is Senior Policy Adviser to the Broadbent Institute. In September 2012 he retired from a long career as Chief Economist and Director of Social and Economic Policy with the Canadian Labour Congress. He was awarded the Sefton Prize by the University of Toronto for his lifetime contributions to industrial relations in 2011. Educated at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he earned a BSc and MSc in Economics, and at the University of British Columbia, Mr. Jackson is the author of numerous articles and five books, including Work and Labour in Canada: Critical Issues, which is now in its second edition with Canadian Scholars Press.
Kevin Skerrett is a Senior Research Officer at the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and has worked on pension issues for eighteen of his twenty years there. His academic work includes an MA in political economy from Carleton University. In 2009, he spent a year working at the Bureau for Workers’ Activities at the International Labour Organization, working on the launch of the International Journal of Labour Research. In 2013-14 he was on a sabbatical leave from CUPE, pursuing a research and education project examining the role played by privately invested pension funds in today’s increasingly “financialized” capitalism. He was a Scholar in Residence at the Global Labour Research Centre at York University for the Fall 2013 term.