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Tracy Smith-Carrier

Associate Professor, King's School of Social Work, Western University

Associate Professor, King's University College at Western University
&
Adjunct Research Professor, Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Western University
&
Chair, Basic Income London Ontario

Tracy's program of research touches upon a number of different fields in the social policy arena, including access to social welfare benefits, social assistance receipt, food and income security, and basic income. Current research projects involve examining trends in intergenerational social assistance receipt, research on charitable and justice models of social support, human rights, and the design and delivery of basic income.

Peer-reviewed Articles/Book Chapters:

Smith-Carrier, T. (2020). Why charity isn’t just, or always charitable: Exploring charitable

and justice models of social support. Journal of Human Rights and Social Work.

doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s41134-020-00124-2

Smith-Carrier, T., Kerr, D., & Wang, J. (2020). The Learning, Earning and Parenting (LEAP)

program two decades on: A descriptive cohort study. Social Policy and Society.

doi:https://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746420000147

Smith-Carrier, T., Montgomery, P., Mossey, S., McCauley, K., Shute, T., Forchuk, C., &

Rudnick, A. (2020). A critical analysis of the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP):

Does the program meet its identified policy objectives? Canadian Journal of Disability Studies.

https://cjds.uwaterloo.ca/index.php/cjds/article/view/594/862

Smith-Carrier, T., Benbow, S., & Lawlor, A. (2020). An ‘opportunity’ for policy recycling?

A critical analysis of the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Poverty & Public Policy. https://doi.org/10.1002/pop4.265

Smith-Carrier, T. (2020). The (charitable) pantry is bare: A Critical Discourse Analysis of

Christmas hamper programs in Canada. Critical Policy Studies.

https://doi.org/10.1080/19460171.2020.1722190

Baker Collins, S., Smith-Carrier, T., Gazso, A., & Smith, C. (2019). Resisting the culture of

poverty narrative: Perspectives of social assistance recipients. Journal of Poverty, 24(1),

72-93. https://doi.org/10.1080/10875549.2019.1678551

Gazso, A., Baker Collins, S., Smith-Carrier, T., & Smith, C. (2019). Thinking differently about

generation and ‘welfare dependency’: A qualitative analysis.

Social Problems, 0, 1-17. http://doi.org/10.1093/socpro/spz032

Smith-Carrier, T., & Benbow, S. (2019). Engendering economic stability: Exploring a

basic income for mothers in Ontario. Journal of the Motherhood Initiative:

Matricentric Feminism, 10(1/2), 45-58. http://motherhoodinitiative.org/product/matricentric-feminism/

Smith-Carrier, T. (2019). Universality and immigration: Differential access to social

programs and societal inclusion. In D. Béland, G. Marchildon, & M. J. Prince (Eds.),

Universality and Social Policy in Canada (pp. 155-178). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Smith, C., Gazso, A., Smith-Carrier, T., & Baker Collins, S. (2019). The relationship between child

maltreatment and social assistance use: A chain of adversities and transitions from

a Life Course Perspective. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 13(5), 556-577.

doi:10.1080/15548732.2019.1608887

Kerr, D., Smith-Carrier, T., & Wang, J. (2019). From temporary financial assistance to

longer term income support: Probing the growth in Ontario’s Disability Support

Program (ODSP). Canadian Review of Social Policy, 79, 11-31.

https://crsp.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/crsp/article/view/40301

Smith-Carrier, T., Gazso, A., Baker Collins, S., & Smith, C. (2019). Myth or reality? Exploring

intergenerational social assistance participation in Ontario, Canada. Journal of Sociology

& Social Welfare, 46(1), 113-137. https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol46/iss1/8

Lawlor, A., Smith-Carrier, T., & Benbow, S. (2018). Reducing delivery: The effects of program

recycling, an analysis of the Poverty Reduction Strategy in Ontario, Canada. Canadian

Review of Social Policy, 78, 81-110. https://crsp.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/crsp/article/view/40303/0

Smith-Carrier, T., Leacy, K., Sangster-Bouck, M., Justrabo, J., & Decker Pierce, B. (2018).

Living with poverty: A simulation. Journal of Social Work, 0(0), 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1177/14680173

Smith-Carrier, T., & Green, S. (2017). Another low road to basic income? Mapping a pragmatic

model for basic income in Canada. Basic Income Studies, 12(2), 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1515/bis-2016-0020

Kerr, D., Smith-Carrier, T., Wang, J., Kwok, S-M., & Tam, D. (2017). Population aging and the

Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). Canadian Journal of Disability Studies,

6(4), 33-55. https://doi.org/10.15353/cjds.v6i4.382

Smith-Carrier, T., Kerr, D., Wang, J. Kwok, S-M., & Tam, D. (2017). Vestiges of the medical

model? A critical exploration into the Ontario Disability Support Program in Ontario,

Canada. Disability & Society, 32(10), 1570-1591. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2017.1359495

Smith-Carrier, T., Ross, K., Kirkham, J., & Decker Pierce, B. (2017). “Food is a right…Nobody

should be starving on our streets”: Perceptions of food bank usage in London, Ontario.

Journal of Human Rights Practice, 9(1), 29-49.

https://doi.org/10.1177/1468017318766429

Smith-Carrier, T. (2017). Reproducing social conditions of poverty: A critical feminist

analysis of social assistance participation in Ontario, Canada. Journal of Women,

Politics & Policy, 38(4), 498-521. https://doi.org/10.1080/1554477X.2016.1268874

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor, Western University

Education

  • 2011 
    University of Toronto, Social Work
  • 2004 
    Wilfrid Laurier University , Social Work
  • 1997 
    University of Toronto , Education
  • 1995 
    Queen's University, Political Studies

Publications

  • 2019
    Resisting the culture of poverty narrative: Perspectives of social assistance recipients, Journal of Poverty
  • 2019
    Myth or reality? Exploring intergenerational social assistance participation in Ontario, Canada, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
  • 2019
    From temporary financial assistance to longer term income support: Probing the growth in Ontario’s Disability Support Program (ODSP), Canadian Review of Social Policy
  • 2019
    Reducing delivery: The effects of program recycling, an analysis of the Poverty Reduction Strategy in Ontario, Canada, Canadian Review of Social Policy
  • 2019
    Social inclusion as freedom for persons living with mental illness, Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health
  • 2019
    The relationship between child maltreatment and social assistance use: A chain of adversities and transitions from a Life Course Perspective, Journal of Public Child Welfare
  • 2019
    Digging into the experiences of therapeutic gardening for people with dementia: An interpretative phenomenological analysis, Dementia
  • 2019
    Engendering economic stability: Exploring a basic income for mothers in Ontario, Journal of the Motherhood Initiative: Matricentric Feminism
  • 2019
    Thinking differently about generation and ‘welfare dependency’: A qualitative analysis, Social Problems
  • 2018
    An evaluation of a Housing First program for chronically homeless women, Journal of Social Inclusion
  • 2018
    Living with poverty: A simulation, Journal of Social Work
  • 2017
    “Food is a right…Nobody should be starving on our streets”: Perceptions of food bank usage in London, Ontario, Journal of Human Rights Practice
  • 2017
    “It’s not just the word care, it’s the meaning of the word…(They) actually care”: Caregivers’ perceptions of home-based primary care in Toronto, Ontario, Ageing & Society
  • 2017
    Population aging and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), Canadian Journal of Disability Studies
  • 2017
    Another low road to basic income? Mapping a pragmatic model for basic income in Canada, Basic Income Studies
  • 2017
    Vestiges of the medical model? A critical exploration into the Ontario Disability Support Program in Ontario, Canada, Disability & Society
  • 2017
    Reproducing social conditions of poverty: A critical feminist analysis of social assistance participation in Ontario, Canada, Journal of Women, Politics & Policy
  • 2016
    Realizing our (neoliberal) potential? A critical discourse analysis of the Poverty Reduction Strategy in Ontario, Canada, Critical Social Policy

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Exploring the perspectives of basic income recipients
    Role:
    Co-investigator
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Professional Memberships

  • Ontario Certified Teacher
  • Registered Social Worker