PhD, Public Administration (Carleton)
Head of the Third Sector Program
Research/teaching: voluntary sector, interest groups and social movements; social policy; Quebec politics; governance and public policy analysis; third sector; public management; civic engagement.
Rachel Laforest is Associate Professor and head of the Public Policy and Third Sector Initiative in the School of Policy Studies, Queen's University in Canada. She was a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Nonprofit Management, School of Business, Trinity College Dublin and Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy, University of Ulster in 2010-2011. Her areas of expertise are the study of governance and welfare state restructuring. Her current research interests focus on poverty reduction strategies and welfare state restructuring. She is also interested in intergovernmental relations and Canadian politics. She is the author of Voluntary Sector Organizations and the State, UBC Press, 2011. She is also the editor of The New Federal Policy Agenda and the Voluntary Sector: On the Cutting Edge, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2009. Her work has been published in Policy and Politics, Social Policy and Administration, Politique et Sociétés and the International Journal of Canadian Studies.