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BIOGRAPHIES OF THE CURRENT CLSEW TEAM

 

Dr. Peter Sawchuk

Dr. Peter Sawchuk imageDr. Sawchuk is current Director of CLSEW, a professor of Adult Education and Work, and the Chair of the International Conference on Researching Work and Learning, the largest international conference series in this field. Dr. Sawchuck is co-chair the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Dr. Sawchuck is Editorial Board Member at Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education, Professional and Vocational Education, Revista Educação and Cidadania [Journal of Education and Citizenship], and Journal of Workplace Learning.

Dr. Sawchuk has led a series of funded research programs addressing topics such as:

  • Immigration
  • Education-to-work transitions for youth
  • Changing dynamics of welfare labour process
  • and, Anti-poverty social movement learning.

Check out Dr. Sawchuk’s recent key publications:

  • Sawchuk, P. H. (2013). Contested learning in welfare work: A study of mind, political economy, and the labour process. Cambridge University Press.
  • Fenwick, T., Edwards, R., & Sawchuk, P. (2011). Emerging approaches to educational research: Tracing the socio-material. Routledge.

 

Current & Recently Completed Research and Organizational Projects:

In partnership with D.W. Livingstone (OISE/UT) and Tracey Adams (University of Western Ontario), the “Changing Workplaces in the Knowledge Economy” project (2015-2018) has been launched with special attention to changes to professional occupations. It includes a large national survey as well as comparative case studies in the occupations of engineering and nursing. Publications associated with the project can be found at the Centre for Learning, Social Economy & Work website.

For more information on Dr. Peter Sawchuk's research and publications, follow this link to his LHAE Departmental Biography and this link to his Curriclum Vitae.

 

Dr. Marcelo Vieta 

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Dr. Marcelo Vieta is a co-founder and executive board member of CLSEW. He is also Associate Professor in Adult Education and Community Development and the Collaborative Program in Workplace Learning and Social Change at OISE.

Dr. Vieta has completed several postdoctoral fellowships, including:

  • SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Social Economy Centre at OISE/UT (2013-2014),
  • Postdoctoral Fellow at the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (EURICSE) in Trento, Italy (2012),
  • Recently, Dr. Vieta’s research has focused on the historical conditions, the political economic contexts, and the lived experiences of the worker-recuperated enterprises of Argentina and Italy.

For more information on Dr. Vieta's research and publications follow this link to his LHAE Departmental Biography, Curriclum Vitae and academia.edu page.

 

Dr. Jennifer Sumner

Dr. Jack Quarter imageDr. Jennifer Sumner is a new member of CLSEW and an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Adult Education and Community Development Program in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. She earned a BA from the University of Toronto, a Diploma in Agriculture from the University of Guelph and a PhD in Rural Studies from the University of Guelph. Dr. Summer is also Consulting Editor, Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education.

Her funded research includes:

  • Public procurement and sustainable local food systems
  • The Local Organic Food Co-ops Network FoodShare
  • Toronto’s Good Food MarketsOrganic farmers and the social economy

For more information on Dr. Sumner’s research and publications, follow this link to her LHAE Departmental Biography.

 


Past members of CLSEW

 

Dr. Sherida Ryan

SheridaDr. Sherida Ryan retired from the University of Toronto in the summer of 2020. She was a founding member of CLSEW and a lecturer in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, University of Toronto. She was also the co-ordinator of the SSHRC CURA, Social Business for Marginalized Social Groups and has been a researcher in two other SSHRC grants, the SSHRC Community-University Research Alliance for Southern Ontario’s Social Economy and the University-Union Research Alliance on Socially Responsible Investment of Pension Funds.

Her research interests include:

  • community development,
  • community informatics, 
  • information technology, 
  • workplace learning and change, 
  • information technology and adult education, 
  • social economy organizations and various methods that support research in these areas.

For information on Dr. Sherida Ryan's research and publications, follow this link to her LHAE Departmenal Biography.


Dr. Jack Quarter 

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Dr. Jack Quarter was a founding member of CLSEW and a professor in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, University of Toronto. He was also a founding member of the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research and ANSER’s president from 2008 to 2014.

Dr. Quarter served as project director for numerous research initiatives, including:

  • the SSHRC CURA grant, Social Business for Marginalized Social Groups
  • the recently concluded SSHRC grant, The Potential Interchangeability of Volunteers and Paid Labour,
  • and, the SSHRC Community-University Research Alliance for Southern Ontario’s Social Economy.

Dr. Quarter published several books, many of which are included on the Publications page of this website.  

Professor Quarter passed away in the early hours of February 6, 2019 after a short and relatively peaceful struggle with terminal illness, surrounded during his last few months by his friends and family and continuing to teach and research until the end.

Jack taught at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE), was a researcher there at its founding in 1965, became an assistant professor at OISE in 1971, and then a full professor in 1988. At the University of Toronto, Jack was known as a dedicated researcher and a kind and generous teacher, mentor, and colleague to students, staff-members, and fellow faculty. Beyond the university, Jack was recognized world-wide as one of leading specialists of the social economy, cooperatives, and social enterprise. In fact, throughout his life, Jack was a deeply committed supporter of Canada’s social economy.

Starting with close studies of Israel’s kibbutz movement and then worker cooperatives, Jack would eventually specialize in worker and union buyouts and conversions of firms to labour- and community ownership, union-led pensions, community economic development, nonprofits, cooperatives, and social enterprises. He viewed them all as spaces and organizations that offered more ethical ways of meeting the needs of people and that directly addressed the inequities of the market system. He would eventually go on to write 12 books and over 100 journal papers and book chapters on these themes, including much of the text for the Worker Co-op magazine in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Many of these publications were collaborative efforts with colleagues and students.

He published the first comprehensive study of the social economy in his 1992 book, Canada’s Social Economy, and then with Laurie Mook and Ann Armstrong, Understanding the Social Economy: A Canadian Perspective (2009, 2018) and Understanding the Social Economy of the United States (2015), with Laurie Mook, John R. Whitman, and Ann Armstrong. Indeed, Jack pioneered Social Economy Research in English Canada and his work has contributed to raising the profile of all social economy organisations as significant contributors to the Canadian economy, its GDP, and to society more broadly.

Jack was also a social economy practitioner. In 1991, Jack helped organize and found the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation, and soon after became an active member and president of the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation. In 2008 he also co-founded the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, serving as its president for seven years. Securing many SSHRC grants over his career (around $7.2 million), between 2005-2010 Jack co-directed the SSHRC community/university research alliance on the social economy and led the Southern Ontario Social Economy Node. Soon after, Jack would spearhead OISEs Social Economy Centre and then the Centre for Learning, Social Economy, and Work, which I had the pleasure of co-founding with Jack and other colleagues. The legacy of all of the initiatives that Jack started or participated in live on as productive and thriving research centres and associations of social economy scholars and practitioners.

A consummate teacher and mentor, Jack supervised throughout his career dozens of postdoctoral researchers, and PhD and MA students, many of whom continued on to successful careers in academia or the social economy.

Winner of several life-time achievement awards, the Jack Quarter Prize in Social Economy was established in 2011 in his honour by his former doctoral students and others touched by his wisdom and support in making intellectual contributions to our collective knowledge of and well-being in the social economy in Canada and around the world.

We’d like to end with the final words of philosopher Bertrand Russell’s essay, How to Grow Old, which I think concisely captures how Jack lived and died and the legacy he established and that will carry on for a very long time to come:

The best way to overcome [the fear of death]—so at least it seems to me—is to make your interests gradually wider and more impersonal, until bit by bit the walls of the ego recede, and your life becomes increasingly merged in the universal life. An individual human existence should be like a river: small at first, narrowly contained within its banks, and rushing passionately past rocks and over waterfalls. Gradually the river grows wider, the banks recede, the waters flow more quietly, and in the end, without any visible break, they become merged in the sea, and painlessly lose their individual being. The man who, in old age, can see his life in this way, will not suffer from the fear of death, since the things he cares for will continue. And if, with the decay of vitality, weariness increases, the thought of rest will not be unwelcome. I should wish to die while still at work, knowing that others will carry on what I can no longer do and content in the thought that what was possible has been done.

To read OISE's tribute to Dr. Jack Quarter, follow this link.

 


Links to Associated Program at OISE

Follow this link for more information on the Adult Education and Community Development program at OISE.

Follow this link for more information on the Collaborative Program in Workplace Learning and Social Change

 
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