CRWDP Student Research

Cameron Crawford (2017) Update on postdoctoral fellowship project "Scoping Decent Work and Disability in Canada", available here


Research Analyst - PhD Student
1 year - part-time position at 10 hours per week

To see the PDF of the poster, click here

The Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP) is a transdisciplinary initiative on the future of work disability policy in Canada. Our objective is to identify how people, when disabled, can be better retained and integrated into the Canadian labour market. The Centre’s national office is at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto.

The Institute for Work & Health is an independent, not-for-profit research organization in Ontario whose activities strive to reduce injury, illness and disability in the Ontario workforce. The Institute for Work & Health is committed to excellent working conditions and a cooperative, team environment for its employees.

We are seeking an individual for the position of:

Research Analyst - PhD Student 1 year - part-time position at 10 hours per week


The successful candidate will be enrolled in a PhD Program in health policy or public health and have an interest in applied research in work disability policy and management. The successful candidate will work closely with several researchers whose work is focused on work disability policy and management. The key research project is a mixed methods study that includes a literature synthesis and quantitative and qualitative analyses.


  • provide support for a study involving a scoping review, analysis of administrative data, and qualitative field data collection
  • participate in all phases of a scoping review, which may include title abstract review, data extraction and synthesis;
  • support data management for the quantitative component of the study, including extracting data from administrative data bases, developing quantitative measures to be used for analysis, and preparing written data documentation specifications
  • design and create tables, charts, and graphs for research reports and presentation materials
  • assist with preparation of a research report, with particular responsibility for documenting research methodology


The candidate must be a PhD student and have strong evidence synthesis, analytic and interpretation skills. Experience with other statistical software packages and programming languages, demonstrated involvement with previous research publications, and an interest in team work are definite assets. Please note that some travel within the GTA will be required.


The position is funded through Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Grant and other funding sources.  The hourly rate will depend on experience and is in the range of $25 to $30.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application no later than Friday, September 29th by mail or e-mail to: M. Cicinelli, Director Human Resources & Corporate Services, 481 University Avenue, Suite 800, Toronto, Ontario. M5G 2E9, e-mail:

The Institute, guided by a Board of Directors and an international Scientific Advisory Committee, has been described as one of the top five occupational health and safety research centres in the world. The Institute has an active knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) program, which implements interactive strategies to transfer research findings to key decision-makers. The Institute for Work & Health operates with the support of the Ministry of Labour. For more information about our organization, visit our website at

The Institute is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. We thank all applicants, but only those considered for the position will be contacted. For more information about our organization, visit our web site at

CRWDP Student Conference and Travel
Assistance Awards

We are pleased to offer financial assistance  to CRWDP students who are active within the CRWDP network to attend conferences and training opportunities relevant to our transdisciplinary initiative on the future of work disability policy in Canada.

CRWDP students who are currently enrolled at a Canadian university and supervised or mentored by a CRWDP co-investigator are eligible. As well, students must be actively involved in CRWDP cluster activities. Maximum CRWDP conference and travel bursary is $500. Fund will be made available as reimbursement of incurred expenses upon provision of evidence of payment (e.g., receipts, credit card bill). Successful applicants will be required to write a 250-500 word feature for the CRWDP newsletter about their CRWDP-funded opportunity. The write-up can describe the presentation made at a conference or insights gained through training.

To apply for this funding opportunity, please complete the application (click here to access it) and send by email with any supporting documents to CRWDP Student/New Researcher Capacity Building Committee Chair, Emile Tompa, at

Please note that CRWDP has a limited amount of funds available for this opportunity.

To download the pdf version of this announcement, click here.

Useful information
for students

Disability studies programs offered by Canadian universitiesClick here to access it

Disability inclusion at Canadian Universities: Selected examples. Prepared by Memorial University's Disability Inclusion Group

In-depth guide on the various options and true benefits of online tutoring services, focused on how these tutoring services cater to and accommodate those with learning and/or physical disabilities. It is targeted to school-age students, but might be of interest to everyone else:

Graduate Student Stipend Opportunities
Canadian Work Disability Policy

The Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP) is a transdisciplinary initiative on the future of work disability policy in Canada. We are a national initiative with clusters in British Columbia, Ontario, Québec, and Newfoundland. We recently received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for a period of seven years.

Illness and disability touch most people at some point over their lifetime. CRWDP’s objective is to identify how people, when disabled, can be better retained and integrated into the Canadian labour market.

CRWDP has laid the foundations for a rich training and mentoring program for graduate students. This includes 70 graduate stipend years of funding for masters and doctoral students over the seven-year SSHRC funding period. Other  opportunities to get involved include student provincial caucuses, community-based internships, and student forums on our website.

Are you interested in pursuing research on Canadian work disability policy? For inquiries contact Emile Tompa at

Click here to see the poster.

We are excited to share the information about an exciting opportunity for a 3 year post doctoral research position in return to work after injury. The position is mainly funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence in Recovery after Road Traffic Injury (CRE-RTI) but will also contribute to a national project in return to work following work related injury.  The position is primarily based in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, working with Alex Collie and other senior CRE-RTI investigators from the University of Queensland, Griffith University, University of Sydney and Monash University. This is a highly productive group with excellent resources.

The link below includes further information on the position and how to apply. The closing date for applications is 12 February. Interested candidates should feel free to contact Alex on 0408194261 or via email at .