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Open House

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The School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) at Carleton University would like to invite you to our 2020 SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE. The open house will take place on:  

Friday, December 4th
 1:00-3:00 pm EST / 10:00-12:00 pm PST

We will have a short panel with Professors Frances AbeleAlexandra Mallett, Robert Shepherd, and Susan Phillips. The panel will engage in a conversation about public policy research and teaching across a variety of issues and what this means for future careers in the public service.  

 1:00-3:00 pm EST
/10:00-12:00 pm PST

After the panel, you will have the opportunity to roam several breakout rooms. Curious about doing a thesis? Want to speak to current students? Is there a particular program you want to learn about? Wondering about career opportunities? This is your chance to spend some time with professors, current students, and alumni. 

We look forward to seeing you there!
_Carleton SPPA Recruitment Team 

Meet Our Panelists

Frances Abele 

Dr. Frances Abele is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy and Administration, Senior Research Fellow of the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation, Fellow of the Centre for Governance and Public Management, Research Fellow at the Institute for Research on Public Policy and at the Broadbent Institute.

Professor Abele is currently following two broad lines of research, both SSHRC-funded. The first aims to understand the past, present and future of northern political and economic development and particularly to build upon this to define options for sustainable development to enhance the wellbeing of northern communities in Canada and in other circumpolar nations. 
Professor Abele’s second line of research focuses on the Canadian federation and Indigenous self-government. With collaborators Satsan Herb George and Catherine MacQuarrie, she has launched the Rebuilding First Nations Governance Project. (  This project aims to meet the research needs of First Nation communities who are building alternatives to Indian Act governance. Faculty Profile

Alexandra Mallett 

Dr. Alexandra Mallett is an Associate Professor and the Supervisor for Carleton University’s Master of Arts (MA) program in Sustainable Energy (SE). 

Her experience spans academia (including the University of Minnesota and University of Sussex as well as Carleton) and the public sector (including Natural Resources Canada, Environment Canada and the Organization of American States), working on the design, implementation and evaluation of sustainable energy, natural resources, climate change, and environmental policy.  Her research focuses on the innovation, cooperation and adoption processes (including policies, actors and institutions) involved in these policy areas, especially in emerging economies, and Canada such as northern / Arctic regions.  

She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto, a master’s degree in International Development from Dalhousie University and a doctorate degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Alex is married with two children.  She was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and grew up in northern Ontario. Faculty Profile

Robert Shepherd 

Dr. Rob Shepherd is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration and is the Supervisor for the Diploma in Public Policy and Program Evaluation. He joined the School in 2007.

He is a former senior federal public servant with service in various departments and agencies, mainly in the areas of audit, program evaluation, policy analysis, and research. He was also a practicing management consultant focusing on program evaluation for a leading consulting house in the Ottawa area. He gives courses mainly in the areas of public sector ethics, public management, and policy and program evaluation. His current research interests relate to improving federal program evaluation governance functions, Indigenous community resilience, and establishing better ways to hold public services to account under conditions of multi-level governance. He is currently co-leading a federal initiative that creates dialogue study teams between senior federal public servants and leading public management scholars across Canada.  Faculty Profile

Susan Phillips 
Dr. Susan Phillips is a Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration and the founder of its Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) – Canada’s only graduate program in this field.
She is also Editor-in-Chief of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the leading international journal focusing on nonprofits, philanthropy and civil society. 

Her research focuses on place-based philanthropy and public policy for nonprofits. She is co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Philanthropy, and is currently leading a study team exploring the question: ‘what makes some charities and nonprofits more resilient than others?’ Her work in advancing research in nonprofit studies and public management has been recognized by distinguished service awards from the Canadian research associations in both of these fields of study. Faculty profile

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