Postdoctoral fellows (PDFs) are a key component of the Balsillie School’s vibrant intellectual community. Each PDF must be affiliated with a BSIA faculty member whose responsibility it is to recruit, select and supervise postdoctoral fellows. As the BSIA does not have its own funding source for PDFs, postdoctoral fellows must be employed by either the University of Waterloo or Wilfrid Laurier University, but would have their office at the Balsillie School.

For information on the types of funding and support available through the two universities, please visit the sites below:

Wilfrid Laurier University

University of Waterloo

Rafael Harun

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Harun is analyzing the ethnic and geographic compositions of immigrant nurses, the mismatch between their supply and demand in the Canadian labour market, and the experiences of immigrant nurses with integrating into the healthcare workforce. Learn more

Shannon Nash

Postdoctoral Network Manager

Dr. Nash’s projects at the University of Waterloo examine education and training in national security and counter-terrorism in Canada and how the ‘terrorism’ label is informed and applied to a violent attack in Canada. Learn more

Sarah Shoker

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Shoker a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo where she works on issues related to gender, emerging technologies, and international security. Dr. Shoker is also the founder of Glassbox, a consultancy firm that analyzes software products that use AI for signs of bias and legal risk. Learn more

Picture of Zhenzhong Si

Hungry Cities Partnership Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Si is a human geographer with broad research interests in sustainable food system, alternative food networks, food security, food safety and rural development initiatives. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow with the Hungry Cities Partnership COVID-19 and Food Security in China Project at the BSIA. Learn more