Grants & Projects

Mary Jean's Team
Direct Funding for Older People in Canada research team. From left to right: Dr. Yuns Oh, Dr. Mary Jean Hande, Aliya Jamal, Dr. Christine Kelly, Hiwot Amare, Lisette Dansereau

Migrant Care Work and the Geopolitics of ‘Aging in Place’ During the COVID-19 Pandemic

I lead a SSHRC Insight Development Grant ($64, 840), which studies the contradictions of “aging in place” initiatives and (im)migrant care policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. This project collaborates with Migrante Manitoba and aims to review policy and document the experiences and working conditions of (im)migrant home care workers caring for older people during the pandemic to support efforts to improve formal care provision for older people and the working conditions of the (im)migrant workers who care for them.

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 improve quality of life for residents in late life.

Community-based Dementia Care Under COVID-19

I am currently a co-investigator on a one-year COVID-19 Rapid Research Response project ($54,908), which uses an intersectional integrated knowledge translation approach to addressing the pressing need for information that can be used to assess the impact and health equity implications of COVID-19 on community supports for vulnerable older adults living with multiple chronic conditions, including dementia, and their family/friend caregivers in Nova Scotia.

Financialization Exposed: Mobilizing Communities in Austere Times

As part of an editorial collective, we have developed this volume to explores ‘financialization’ as an historical process that characterizes late capitalism. Each contributor 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.

Direct Funded Home Care for Older People in Canada

I was 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.

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

I was 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.