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Research Fellows

Parkland Institute's research fellows provide broad guidance and feedback on the research and programming Parkland Institute undertakes.

Distinguished Research Fellows

Gordon Laxer

Gordon Laxer is the founding Director and former head of Parkland Institute (1996-2011). He is a Political Economist and professor emeritus at the University of Alberta, and is the author or editor of five books, including Open for Business: The Roots of Foreign Ownership in Canada (Oxford University Press), which in 1991 received the John Porter Award for best book written about Canada. Gordon was the Principal Investigator of the $1.9 million research project, Neoliberal Globalism and its Challengers: Reclaiming the Commons in the Semi-periphery (2000-2006). He is the author of After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians, which was nominated for the 2016 John W. Dafoe prize in non-fiction books.

Greg Flanagan

Greg Flanagan is a public finance economist with a BA (Economics) from the University of Calgary, MES (Political Economy and the Environment) from York University, and MA (Economics) from the University of British Columbia. Greg has taught and been in administration for 30 years in the Alberta post-secondary system, most recently retired from the University of Lethbridge. He has been involved with Parkland Institute since its inception as a board member, frequent researcher, and advocate.

Research Fellows

Tariq Ali

Tariq Ali is a writer and filmmaker. He has written more than two dozen books on world history and politics, and seven novels (translated into over a dozen languages) as well as scripts for the stage and screen. He was educated at Oxford University, where he became involved in student politics. He is an editor of New Left Review and lives in London.

Walden Bello

Walden Bello is the senior analyst at Philippine think-tank Focus on the Global South, a Transnational Institute fellow and Akbayan representative in the Sixteenth Congress of the Philippines. The author of more than 14 books, Bello was awarded the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) in 2003.

Elaine Bernard

Elaine Bernard is Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Trade Union Program.

Stephanie Bloomingdale

Stephanie Bloomingdale is the Secretary-Treasurer for the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. Her research interests include exploring income inequality and the effect of unionization on voting patterns and on wages and benefits.

Gordon Clark

Gordon Clark is Director and Professor at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, jointly appointed with the School of Geography and the Environment and the Säid Business School at Oxford University.

Marjorie Cohen

Marjorie Cohen is a Professor in the Political Science Department/Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. She holds a Ph.D. in Social and Political Thought from York University and degrees from New York University and Iowa Wesleyan College.

Diana Gibson

Diana Gibson is the Co-founder and Director of the Firelight Group and the Vice-President, Research with PolicyLink Research and Consulting. She holds an MA in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague and a BA (Industrial Relations) from McGill University. From 2004-2012 she was Research Director with the Parkland Institute.

Linda McQuaig

Linda McQuaig is a journalist and best-selling author. She has written for The Globe and Mail, Maclean's Magazine, and from 2002 to 2013 wrote an op-ed column for the Toronto Star. Since April 2014, she has been writing a weekly column for She is author of nine books on politics and economics, including six national bestsellers.

Jim Stanford

Jim Stanford is an Economist with Unifor, Canada’s largest private-sector union. He received his Ph.D. in Economics in 1995 from the New School for Social Research in New York, and also holds economics degrees from Cambridge University and the University of Calgary.

Kevin Taft

Kevin Taft received his Ph.D. (Business) from the University of Warwick, and also holds degrees from the University of Alberta. He is a former member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, former leader of the Alberta Liberal party, and the author of numerous reports and books for the Parkland Institute, including Shredding the Public Interest.

Asbjørn Wahl

Asbjørn Wahl is Adviser at the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees and director of the Campaign for the Welfare State. Trained in history and sociology, he has many years of experience in the trade union movement, at the national and international level.