I am a community-engaged researcher and activist who has been studying care work and care policy in the context of globalization and social transformation for more than 10 years. My recent and ongoing policy research projects focus on aging, immigration, precarious work, and continuing care systems as Senior Researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Nova Scotia and as Postdoctoral Fellow with the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging at Mount Saint Vincent University. I also lead a SSHRC Insight Development Grant with Migrante Manitoba exploring the policy landscape and experiences of (im)migrant home care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. My writing has been published in diverse venues including Canadian Dimension, Impact Ethics, The Gerontologist, and Antipode.

Selected recent publications

  • Hande, Mary Jean, Janice Keefe and Deanne Taylor. (2021, online). Long Term Residential Care Policy Guidance for Staff to Support Resident Quality of Life. The Gerontologist: Special Issue on Workforce Issues in Long Term Care. http://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnaa176
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  • Hande, Mary Jean, Aliya Jamal, and Christine Kelly. (2020). Direct Funding and the depoliticization of home care systems: Popular rhetoric and policy directions in Ontario. Canadian Review of Social Policy/Revue canadienne de politique sociale, 80: 26-49. https://crsp.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/crsp/article/view/40353
  • Hande, Mary Jean, Ayesha Mian Akram and Shelley Condratto. (2020). “’All of this happens here?’: Diminishing Perceptions of Canada through Immigrants’ Precarious Work in Ontario.” Journal of International Migration and Integration 21: 711-729. doi: 10.1007/s12134-019-00683-y