Concordia University

Francesca Scala, PhD

Professor, Political Science

Office: S-H 1225-67 
Henry F. Hall Building,
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4074

Dr. Francesca Scala’s research focuses on Canadian and comparative public policy, with an emphasis on science and health policy. Dr. Scala’s research interests include issues related to gender, citizen engagement, and the politics of expertise in public policy. She has authored and co-authored articles published in several journals and edited volumes, including the Canadian Journal of Political Science, Policy Sciences, Politics & GenderPolicy and Society, and Gender, Work and Organization. Her book, Delivering Policy: The Contested Politics of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Canada (UBC Press) was published in February 2019. She is currently serving as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Science. 

Current Research Projects
In 2016, Dr. Scala was awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant to study the gendered dimensions of work-care reconciliation programs in Canada.  She is also collaborating with Dr. Stephanie Paterson on a SSHRC-funded research project investigating Gender-Based Analysis in Canada. 

PhD (Carleton University)

Research interests

Canadian and Comparative Public Policy; Science and Health Policy; Gender and Public Policy; Policy and the Politics of Knowledge and Expertise

Teaching activities

POLI 202              Introduction to Political Science
POLI 330              Principles of Public Administration
POLI 361              Government Society and Public Purpose
POLI 380              Comparative Public Bureaucracy and Administration
POLI 480              Comparative Public Policy
POLI 489              Citizen Engagement and Public Policy 
POLI 496              Honours Seminar
POLI 498              Gender and Public Policy
POLI 600              Public Policy and Governmental Processes in Canada
POLI 604              Comparative Public Policy
POLI 622              Comparative Public Administration
POLI 636/805       Theories of Public Policy and Public Administration
POLI 652/815D     Science, Technology and Power

Research activities

Recent works

February 2019

Selected publications

Delivering Policy: The Contested Politics of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Canada. University of British Columbia Press. February 2019.

“Morality Policy: Abortion and Gay Rights” (with Gary Mucciaroni). In Paul Quirk’s (ed), The United States and Canada: How Two Democracies Differ, and Why It Matters. Oxford University Press. In Press.

"Stories from the Frontline: Making Sense of Gender Mainstreaming in Canada" (with Stephanie Paterson). Politics and Gender, 2018, 14 (2), pp. 208-234.  

"Bureaucratic Role Perceptions and Gender Mainstreaming in Canada" (with Stephanie Paterson). Gender,Work and Organization. 24 (6), November 2017, pp. 579-593.

“Gendering Public Policy or Rationalizing Gender? Strategic Interventions and GBA Practice in Canada” (with Stephanie Paterson) Canadian Journal of Political Science, 50(2), June 2017, pp. 427-442.

"Gender Mainstreaming and the Discursive Politics of Public Service Values" (with Stephanie Paterson).  Administrative Theory & Praxis, 39(1):1-18. 2016.

"Making Gender Visible: Exploring Feminist Perspectives Through the Case of Anti-Smoking Policy (with Stephanie Paterson). In Frank Fischer, Doug Torgerson, Michael Orsini, and  Anna Durnova's (eds).  Handbook of Critical Policy Studies. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. 2015.

Fertile Ground: Exploring Reproduction in Canada. Co-editor with Stephanie Paterson and Marlene K. Sokolon. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014.

"IVF Policy and the Stratification of Reproduction in Canada". In Fertile Ground: Exploring Reproduction in Canada (Co-editor with Stephanie Paterson and Marlene K. Sokolon). McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014.

"The Framing of Scientific Governance in Canada: Policy Change and the Royal Commission of New Reproductive Technologies". In Gregory J. Inwood andCarolyn M. Johns' Commissions of Inquiry and Policy Change: A Comparative Analysis. University of Toronto Press, 2014.

“Feminist Ideals vs. Bureaucratic Norms: The Case of Feminist Researchers and the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies”. In Yasmeen Abu-Laden (ed), Gendering the Nation-State: Canadian and Comparative Perspectives. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2008.

“ARTs and GMOs in Sweden: Explaining Differences in Policy Design.” In Eric Montpetit, Frederic Varone and Christine Rothmayr’s (eds.) Regulating Biotechnology in Europe and North America: A Comparative Analysis. Lexington Press, 2007.

""Every Virus Tells a Story": Toward a Narrative Centered Approach to Health Policy", (with Michael Orsini). Policy and Society, Vol.25,No.2, 2006, pp. 125-150.

“Scientists,Government, and “Boundary Work": The Case of Reproductive Technologies and Genetic Engineering in Canada". In Michael Orsini and Miriam Smith’s(eds.) Critical Policy Studies. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2006.

“Organizational Practices, Policy Influence and the NAC: The Case of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Canada” (with Éric Montpetit and Isabelle Fortier). Canadian Journal of Political Science, Volume 38, Issue 03,September 2005, pp581-604.

“The Paradox of Deliberative Democracy: the National Action Committee on the Status of Women and Canada’s Policy on Reproductive Technology” (with Éric Montpetit and Isabelle Fortier). Policy Sciences, Volume 37, Issue 2, 2004, pp.137-157.

“Experts, embryons et"économie d’innovation": la recherche sur les cellules souches dans le discourse politique au Canada."  Lien social et politique, Hiver, No. 50, 2003. Pages 75  a 90.

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