School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies

Innovative. Leading Edge. Real World Experience.

The School of Policy Studies at Queen's is committed to positively shaping public policy through education leaders of the future.  Interdisciplinary and experiential learning opportunities provide our students with the perspective, connections and inspiration to discover solutions to complex social issues.  We immerse our students in current public policy discourse through a network of faculty, alumni, researchers and community partners, providing active opportunities to impact public good.  

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Jody Wilson-Raybould is this year's Tom Courchene Distinguished Speaker

Join us May 19, 2021 for a live, virtual presentation by this year's Tom Courchene Distinguished Speaker, The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., Q.C, M.P.

This is a free event, open to the public but registration is required.  Read more about this event.

Ottawa Citizen Op-ed

Philpott and Walker: YEAR ONE – We need a proper recovery plan for all segments of society

Jane Philpott and David Walker

It would be easy to say, “back to business.” But just as we no longer say “shake it off” to the concussed or depressed, that would be profoundly wrong.

Today (March 11) marks the anniversary of the first diagnosed COVID-19 case in Ottawa – the same day the World Health Organization declared the virus a pandemic. This week, we share a range of viewpoints on the year that was, and on what lies ahead.

Read the full op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen.


Careless Behaviour:
The pandemic has exposed a crisis in Canada’s care homes

Careless behaviour The pandemic has exposed a crisis in Canada’s care homes

Too many old people are crammed into substandard institutions.

In its treatment of old people Canada is an “international outlier”, says a recent report by Queen’s University’s School of Policy Studies. Canada spends less than most rich countries on long-term care: 1.3% of gdp (including the cost of compulsory insurance) compared with 1.7% on average by members of the oecd. That money is skewed towards institutions such as Tendercare Living rather than towards helping people remain in their own houses.

Read the full article in
The Economist



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Duncan G. Sinclair Lecture - Feb 10, 2021

"Balancing pandemic hope with vaccine reality"

Our follow-up panel to last year's first COVID-19 panel sheds new light on what we've learned one year in. 

"COVID-19 One Year In: Policies and Results"