Research Committee

Our Research Committee is interdisciplinary and comprises, in addition to the Chair, faculty members and graduate students from each of our partner faculties: Arts & Social Sciences, Law and Management. Members of the Research Committee support the Institute’s research themes and its academic outputs and assist in building connections with public policy researchers within Dalhousie and nationally.


Jamie Baxter - Assistant Professor of Law, Schulich School of Law

Jamie is an Assistant Professor of Law at Dalhousie’s University's Schulich School of Law, where he researches and teaches on land law, municipal law, and food and agricultural law and policy. He has been active in cultivating the new field of food law in Canada and much of his current work focuses on how law can be used to develop and support more sustainable food systems.

Corey Beals - Graduate Student, Faculty of Management

Mr. Beals is Division Commander at Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency and currently enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration Program (Management) at Dalhousie University. Corey holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Mount Saint Vincent University) and a certificate in Fire Service Leadership (Henson College). He was hired as a career firefighter with Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency in 1997, promoted to Captain in 2008, promoted to Division Commander in 2013 (first African Nova Scotian in a Chief Officer position in HRFE), and has been a volunteer firefighter for 10 years. Corey is Vice President of the Saint Thomas Men’s Brotherhood and member of the District 1 Organizing Committee of the African United Baptist Association Laymen’s Group. He was born and grew up in the community of North Preston and resides in Mineville with his wife and 15 year old daughter.

Andrew Bergel – Graduate Student, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Mr. Bergel is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science, a Doctoral Fellow at the European Union Centre for Excellence, a Killam Scholar and a part-time Instructor at Dalhousie’s College of Sustainability. Andrew has a professional background in hedge fund trading and international finance in his home city of New York. His current research is on the interaction between global market volatility and political decision-making.

Katherine Fierlbeck – Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Dr. Fierlbeck is McCulloch Professor of Political Science, and is cross-appointed with Community Health and Epidemiology in the Faculty of Medicine. Specializing in health policy, her recent books include Health Care in Canada (2011), Canadian Health Care Federalism (2013, with William Lahey) and Comparative Health Care Federalism (2015).