"Students in the Spotlight" is a conversation series with members of the SofC Student Academy and Urban Leadership Fellowship program.
2020 SofC Undergraduate Student Fellow Judy Perpose spent her year at the Urban Leadership Fellowship and Student Academy program studying the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the gig economy in Toronto. The increasing rate of poverty and food insecurity, as well as the lack of affordable housing, are some of the challenges that her research discusses, while it attempts to "explore policies and guiding principals for governments to implement as part of the recovery plan to “Rebuild and Reimagine” Toronto’s infrastructure and support network to the gig economy".
In this Q&A with SofC, Judy shares the motivation behind her scholarship. while briefly sharing the findings of her research project "Rebuilding Toronto's Gig Economy: Reimagining Social Policy for Vulnerable Workers and Precarious Work".
Judy Perpose is an undergraduate student studying Public Policy, Global Asia Studies and Urban Governance. Her research interests include comparative public policy, Pacific Asia history and politics, forced migration and political systems and theories. While studying, Judy has worked for Toronto Deputy Mayor De Baeremaeker (2015-2018) and is currently, Assistant, Special Projects to Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson. Upon graduation from the University of Toronto in June 2020, Judy hopes to pursue a masters and PhD in comparative public policy. As part of the 2018 Jackman Humanities Institute Scholars in Residence Program, Judy worked with a team of multi-disciplinary researchers on the history of settlement relocation and social engineering in ancient China and how such settlement patterns serve political needs. She has also conducted solo research on the history of Transportation in Scarborough with the Scarborough Archives and Historical Society. Judy has represented her university at the 2019 Global Vision Trade Mission to China, World Model United Nations conference in Panama City (2018) and Harvard University’s National Model United Nations conferences in 2016, 2017 and 2018.