Mary Jean Hande, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Mount Saint Vincent University

Grants and Projects

Mary Jean with Her Team
From left to right: Dr. Yuns Oh, Dr. Mary Jean Hande, Aliya Jamal, Dr. Christine Kelly, Hiwot Amare, Lisette Dansereau

Financialization Exposed: Mobilizing Communities in Austere Times

I am co-editor on this volume that explores ‘financialization’ as an historical process that has come to characterize late capitalism. Each contributor is located in a diverse range of community contexts, allowing us to ‘read across’ multiple contexts impacted by financialization. The book examines finance through everyday struggles around: urban gentrification, settler colonialism, food insecurity, erosion of public health care, debt crises, militarization of police, mass migrations, environmental crises, surveillance capitalism, and urban planning organized through plantation logic.

Migrant Care Work and the Geopolitics of ‘Aging in Place’ in Canada

I am Principal Investigator on this SSHRC Insight Development Grant, which studies the contradictions of “aging in place” initiatives and (im)migrant care policies in Canada. We aim to inform aging and care work policies by shining light on the transnational care economies that support Canada’s aging population. Migrante Manitoba, serves as a community collaborator on this research initiative.

Direct Funded Home Care for Older People in Canada

I am on a Co-Investigator on this CIHR-funded project, based out of University of Manitoba. This project examines how directly funded homecare service programs transform the experiences, working conditions, policy landscape, and theoretical implications of community care, and how they attend to inequalities related to disability, gender, racialization and immigration.

Seniors Adding Life To Years (SALTY)

Currently based at Mount Saint Vincent University, I am a Postdoctoral Fellow on this CIHR funded national multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral research team. We examine how Canada’s highly medicalized long term care system can incorporate a more social relation-centred approach to care and fill knowledge gaps in how to add quality to years in the last phase of life for people in residential long term care settings.

Closing the Employment Standards Gap: Improving Employment Standards Protections for People in Precarious Jobs

I am a Co-Investigator on this collaborative research initiative of seven Ontario universities and 16 cross-sectoral partner organizations. Funded by the SSHRC, the five-year project seeks to inform effective employment standards enforcement in Ontario.