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Research Projects

Public Health

In her postdoctoral position at Western University, Kerry is a member of a research team examining the role and functioning of ethics committees during the COVID-19 pandemic. This project seeks to descriptively explore how ethics committees functioned during the public health emergency and offers recommendations for future emergencies. As part of this project, Kerry is particularly interested in the exclusion of pregnant and lactating people from clinical trials during times of crisis.

Universal Basic Income

Kerry is interested in the philosophical arguments surrounding universal basic income (UBI) and the practical implications of these public policies. She is specifically interested in the potential UBI has for addressing gender and health inequities in Canada and abroad, especially during public health emergencies.

Conditional Cash Transfer Programs

Kerry's dissertation examined the extent to which conditional cash transfer programs (CCTs) are compatible with the UN Sustainable Development Goals aimed at eradicating poverty and achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment. She argued that CCTs cannot and do not satisfy both of these goals, but rather attempt to combat some forms of poverty at the expense of women and girls. This is because beneficiary women are required to engage in patriarchally prescribed behaviours as mandated by the state in order to fulfill program conditions. This project was generously supported by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship and Ontario Graduate Scholarships.

Research: Publications
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