Concordia University

Meghan Joy

Assistant Professor, Political Science

Office: S-H 1225-63 
Henry F. Hall Building,
1455 De Maisonneuve W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2156

Meghan Joy has a PhD in Policy Studies from Ryerson University. Her research explores the politics of population aging, theories and practice of progressive politics and policy in cities, and the political economy of the nonprofit sector. These topics of interest are combined in Meghan’s doctoral thesis, which explored the politics of Age Friendly Communities in the City of Toronto, with a focus on the changing roles and capacities of local government and non-profit organizations in a sociopolitical context of public sector restructuring. 

Teaching activities

POLI 487 Issues in Urban Governance

We live in an increasingly urban world with 50 percent of the global population and 80 percent of the Canadian population living in cities, yet there continues to be a gap in political science analysis of contemporary urban challenges and associated responses. This is particularly problematic as there is growing recognition of the importance of cities as the sites and saviours of wicked policy problems. Some laud a municipal revolution while others posit an urban governance crisis. This seminar examines contemporary urban challenges facing Canadian cities as well as cities around the world and the role and capacity of urban politics and policy to address these challenges.Themes will include poverty and inequality; immigration and settlement;economic development and employment; climate change and urban sustainability;healthy cities; affordable housing; public transportation and infrastructure;and the revenue and policy tools at the city’s disposal to address these various issues. 


Joy, M. and Shields, J. (2017) “Austerity and the Non-profit Sector: The Case of Social Impact Bonds” in Manufacturing and Framing Austerity. Eds. McBride, S. and Evans, B. University of Toronto Press (forthcoming).

Joy, M. and Shields, J. (2016)  “The Immorality of Innovation – The Tale of Social Impact Bonds.”  Politics & Policy Journal Blog: (Published October 5, 2016).

Joy, M. and Mustachi, J. (2016) "Equity Planning through Gender-sensitive Planning: The Case of Toronto's Safer City Guidelines". Progressive Planning: The Magazine of Planners Network, Winter(206).

Joy, M. and Vogel, R. K. (2015) “Toronto’s Governance Crisis: A Global City Under Pressure”. Cities, 49: 35-52.

Joy, M. and Shields, J. (2014) 
“Social Impact Bonds” / “Les obligations à impact social”. Public Sector Management / Management Secteur Public 25(3): 10-13.

Joy, M. and Shields, J. (2013) “Social Impact Bonds: The Next Phase of Third Sector Marketization?” Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research 4(2):39-55.

Participation activities

L’équipe de recherche VIES (Vieillissements, exclusions sociales et solidarités)

Canadian Political Science Association

International Political Science Association 

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