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Poland Lai

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School of Administrative Studies

Assistant Professor

Email: poland.lai@yorku.ca

Accepting New Graduate Students


Poland Lai received her PhD in Law from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. She received her Bachelor of Commerce (concentration in Management Science and minor in Mathematics) from McGill, her Master of Arts (Political Economy) from Carleton, and her Master of Laws from Osgoode. Her interdisciplinary dissertation deals with the regulation and governance of long-term care homes in Ontario. She has presented her findings at legal and non-legal conferences. Part of her doctoral research was published as a book chapter in Kate Aubrecht, Christine Kelly and Carla Rice, eds. The Aging-Disability Nexus (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2020). She has also published in the International Journal of Care and Caring. Her doctoral research was supported by the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and other awards. Dr. Lai’s research and teaching interests include various regulation and governance topics, such as the rise of the regulatory state, compliance and enforcement, and regulation inside government. Dr. Lai is no stranger to LA&PS. She was a Tutorial Leader for two courses (Criminology and Equity Studies) during her doctoral studies. Prior to joining the Department of Administrative Studies, she was a senior policy advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Finance. As a seasoned policy professional, Dr. Lai has extensive experience with the Ontario government.

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Current Research Projects

Respecting the Needs and Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Receiving and Providing Care in a Post-Pandemic World

    Summary:

    In Canada, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the implementation of numerous laws, policies and guidelines in all levels of government, but how do these affect people with disabilities? Political, fiscal and regulatory decisions made by different levels of government as well as the healthcare system may not always support the rights of people with disabilities. This mixed methods project will critically analyze the impact of relevant laws, policies and guidelines related to care and caregiving on the needs and rights of people with disabilities in Ontario. It seeks to incorporate the lived experience of persons with disabilities into the analysis.

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Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2021 AP/ADMS2610 3.0 B Elements of Law: Part One REMT
Fall 2021 GS/FACC6600 3.0 B Accountability Issues in Public Sector REMT


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2022 AP/ADMS2610 3.0 M Elements of Law: Part One LECT
Winter 2022 AP/ADMS2610 3.0 P Elements of Law: Part One LECT


Poland Lai received her PhD in Law from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. She received her Bachelor of Commerce (concentration in Management Science and minor in Mathematics) from McGill, her Master of Arts (Political Economy) from Carleton, and her Master of Laws from Osgoode. Her interdisciplinary dissertation deals with the regulation and governance of long-term care homes in Ontario. She has presented her findings at legal and non-legal conferences. Part of her doctoral research was published as a book chapter in Kate Aubrecht, Christine Kelly and Carla Rice, eds. The Aging-Disability Nexus (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2020). She has also published in the International Journal of Care and Caring. Her doctoral research was supported by the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and other awards. Dr. Lai’s research and teaching interests include various regulation and governance topics, such as the rise of the regulatory state, compliance and enforcement, and regulation inside government. Dr. Lai is no stranger to LA&PS. She was a Tutorial Leader for two courses (Criminology and Equity Studies) during her doctoral studies. Prior to joining the Department of Administrative Studies, she was a senior policy advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Finance. As a seasoned policy professional, Dr. Lai has extensive experience with the Ontario government.

Current Research Projects

Respecting the Needs and Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Receiving and Providing Care in a Post-Pandemic World

    Summary:

    In Canada, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the implementation of numerous laws, policies and guidelines in all levels of government, but how do these affect people with disabilities? Political, fiscal and regulatory decisions made by different levels of government as well as the healthcare system may not always support the rights of people with disabilities. This mixed methods project will critically analyze the impact of relevant laws, policies and guidelines related to care and caregiving on the needs and rights of people with disabilities in Ontario. It seeks to incorporate the lived experience of persons with disabilities into the analysis.

    Project Type: Funded


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2021 AP/ADMS2610 3.0 B Elements of Law: Part One REMT
Fall 2021 GS/FACC6600 3.0 B Accountability Issues in Public Sector REMT


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2022 AP/ADMS2610 3.0 M Elements of Law: Part One LECT
Winter 2022 AP/ADMS2610 3.0 P Elements of Law: Part One LECT