Local Government ProgramWestern Social Science

All Teaching Faculty

Chris Alcantara

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Associate Professor
calcanta@uwo.ca
519-661-2111 X 85171
SSC 4144
Office Hours
By Appointment
Research Interests

Collective Action and the Dynamics of Cooperation, Institutional Design and Change, Structure and Agency, Historical Institutionalism, Rational Choice, Concept-Building, Elite Interviews, Archival Research, Experiments


Carol Agócs

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(PhD Wayne State, MBA York, MA Chicago)
Position: Professor Emerita
Email: cagocs@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 83266
Fax: 519 661-3904
Office: SSC 4154
Research Interests
Organizational behaviour, public administration.

Professor Agócs’ doctorate is in urban sociology. Her research and publications focus on organizational change and issues in local government administration, as well as workplace discrimination and equality policy and its implementation in Canada and in international perspective. She also has served as an expert witness and consultant on these topics.


Catherine Burr

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(MIR Toronto)
Position: lecturer
Email: cburr@sympatico.ca
Telephone: 519-660-8995
Office: TBA
Research Interests
Organizational behaviour, human resources management.

Catherine Burr has a Master of Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto. She teaches and consults in the fields of human resource management, conflict resolution, performance management and workplace equality. She has over twenty years of career experience in federal, provincial and municipal government organizations. Her research and writing currently deals with the investigation and remedy of workplace harassment and abuse.


Carol-Lynn Chambers

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(MPA Western)
Position: lecturer
Email: cl.chambers@sympatico.ca
Telephone: 519-466-1406
Office: TBA
Research Interests
Organizational behaviour, decision-making, local government management.

Carol-Lynn Chambers is a senior manager in the Ontario government, and has experience in both the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Service. Carol-Lynn has prior experience in municipal government and public safety with the City of London Fire Department (Deputy Fire Chief) and in management/technical roles in the private sector (3M Canada, The Dow Chemical Company), as well as serving as interim Associate Dean at Lambton College. Carol-Lynn has been bestowed the Premier’s Award and most recently Western’s prestigious Dr. Ivan Smith Award for her career and community contributions.


Martin Horak

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(PhD Toronto)

Position: Associate Professor
Email: mhorak@uwo.ca

On Sabbatical until July 2018

 

Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85002
Office: SSC 4223
Research Interests
Local and urban politics (Canadian and comparative), organizational behaviour, environmental politics.

Martin Horak specializes in local and urban politics in North America and Europe, and has a particular interest in local democracy, local institutional change, and the politics of the environment. He has done research on the performance of the municipal government of Prague in the post-communist era.

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Bill Irwin

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(MPA Queen’s, PhD Western)
Position: Associate Professor (Huron College)
Email: birwin6@uwo.ca
Telephone: TBA
Office: TBA
Research Interests
Program and policy evaluation

Bill Irwin is an Assistant Professor at Huron University College in the Department of Economics and Business, where he instructs in the area of Management and Organizational Studies. He also instructs Program and Policy Evaluation at UWO in the Department of Political Science in the Masters in Public Administration Program. Dr. Irwin's research interests centers on issues of policy, leadership, and community engagement. He is interested in exploring models of program and policy evaluation focused on qualitative evaluation, outcome and impact analysis; with principal interest focused on the interplay between institutions and community.

In addition Dr. Irwin develops and delivers professional development workshops in the area of municipal management, for the Association of Municipal Mangers, Clerks, Treasurers of Ontario, and provides consulting services to local municipal governments and public libraries. He has over 20 years of work experience at a managerial level in the public and community sector, prior to returning to the academic community.


Jennifer Kirkham

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(MSc Guelph)
Position: Lecturer
Email: jenkirkham02@gmail.com
Telephone: TBA
Office: TBA
Research Interests
Local government management

Jennifer Kirkham has spent the majority of her career working in local government. In her position of Director of Community Programs and Strategies with the City of London she managed a diverse portfolio which included such services as Ontario Works, child care, homelessness, social research, community capacity building and funding. She currently operates her own company, Mischevious Cat Productions, which provides strategy and management consulting to local governments and nonprofit organizations and is a part-time instructor at King's University College and Western's Continuing Studies.


Roberto Leone

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Assistant Professor
rleone@uwo.ca
519-661-2111 X 84929
SSC 4140
Office Hours
Fall: W 1:00 - 2:00 PM or By Appointment
Winter: TH 1:00 - 2:00 PM or By Appointment

Research Interests

Primary research interests are in the areas of accountability adn transparency and government decision-making theory

After spending time as an elected member of the Ontario Legislature, Rob is currently writing about those experiences.  He is especially keen to apply decision-making theory to explain Ontario's fiscal policy and its response to political scandal.


Joseph Lyons

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(PhD Western)
Position: Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Local Government Program
Email
Telephone: 519 661 2111 x 85168
Office: 4162

Research Interests
Local government, Multilevel Governance, Special Purpose Bodies

Joe Lyons became Director of the Local Government Program in July 2017.  Having taught in the program since 2013, he has a strong appreciation for its unique and important role in training local government administrators.  Joe is responsible for all academic aspects of the program, including its curriculum and admission and progression requirements.

Joe's teaching and research interests are in the areas of local government institutions and management.  He is especially interested in special-purpose bodies and has published research comparing their performance with general-purpose governments.

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Tara Oudekerk

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(LL.B, Windsor, 2003, LL.M. Osgoode Hall Law School)
Position: Lawyer
Email: Oudekerk@municipallawyers.ca
Telephone: TBA
Office: TBA
Research Interests
Municipal and Land Use Planning Law

Tara is in private practise and provides a full range of legal advice and services on local government issues. She also represents a variety of companies and individuals in Southwestern Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area. She taught the Municipal Law course for the Local Government Program in 2012 ad 2013, Planning Law in 2011 and 2013 and Municipal Law in 2012 and 2014. She has achieved the University Students' Council Teaching Honour Roll  Award of Excellence in 2010 and 2011. She has presented a variety of papers and led education sessions before professional organizations and municipal councils and municipal administration. Aditionally, she has also completed her masters of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School's LL.M.


Andres Perez

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(PhD Carleton University)
Position: Professor
Email: aperez@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519 661 2111 85154
Office: SSC 4164

Research Interests
Dr. Perez is interested in religion and politics in Latin America, and the politics of Liberation Theology and Critical Political Science

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Zachary Spicer

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PhD, Western

Position: Lecturer
Email: zachary.spicer@utoronto.ca

Telephone: TBA
Office: TBA

Research Interests
Public Administration, Local Government, Innovation Policy and Politics

Zachary Spicer is a Visiting Researcher at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance and a Senior Associate with the Innovation Policy Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. He recently served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Brock University and held post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier University. He received his PhD from The University of Western Ontario.


Kenneth Strong

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(LL.B. (with distinction) Western University; LL.M. Osgoode Hall
Position: Lawyer
Email: strong@municipallawyers.ca
Telephone: TBA
Office: TBA
Research Interests
Expropriations Law, Municipal Law, Land Use Planning Law

Kenneth is in private practice in the Povince of Ontario and was called to the bar in 2000. He provides a full range of legal advice and services on local government issues, he also represents companies and individuals in Southwestern Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area. He taught Municipal Law course at Western Law School from 2003-2014, Planning Law in 2011 and 2013 and Municipal Law Course for the Local Government Program in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Additionally, Kenneth completed his Masters of Law programs from Osgoode Hall Law School and graduated with distinction from Oxford University.


Zack Taylor

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(PhD, University of Toronto)
Position: Assistant Professor
Email: zack.taylor@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 X 85169
Office: SSC 4166
Research Interests

Canadian and Comparative Politics and Public Policymaking, Contemporary and Historical Development of Multi-level Governance and Planning of North American Cities, Political and Electoral Geography


Marcia Wallace

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Position: Lecturer
Email: marcia.wallace@ontario.ca
Telephone: TBA
Office: TBA

Research Interests
Municipal Policy-Making, Immigration and Urban Governance

Marcia is an Ontario public sector leader with experience across policy, program and operational roles.  She has practical experience with the governance, regulation and land economics that shape urban regions, particularly in the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area.  Marcia is a Registered Professional Planner with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and has a PhD in Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo.