Daniyal Zuberi

Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
Headshot of Professor Dan Zuberi

Areas of interest

  • Inequality
  • Poverty
  • Social Policy
  • Health Care
  • Urban Studies
  • Work & Labour
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Immigration
  • Canada-U.S. Comparative Research


Main Bio

Daniyal Zuberi is Professor of Social Policy with a Joint Appointment to the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. Previously he was the William Lyon Mackenzie King Research Fellow (2011-2012) at Harvard University and a faculty member in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Zuberi’s reseach has been recognized by several awards, including the Michael Harrington Award from the American Political Science Association and his induction to the Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists in 2015. His innovative social policy research has made important contributions to the study of urban poverty, inequality, health, education, employment and social welfare. He has published scholarly monographs, journal articles and book chapters that examine the impact of public policy on vulnerable and disadvantaged populations in Canada and the United States, and that recommend reforms to reduce hardships and improve social welfare. His current research focuses on social policy, urban poverty, healthcare, labour social welfare, education, and immigration. He served as Director of the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program from 2020-2022.

Select publications


  • Re(Generating) Inclusive Cities: Poverty and Planning in Urban North America. Zuberi, Dan and Ariel Taylor. 2018. Routledge.
  • Schooling the Next Generation: Creating Success in Urban Elementary Schools, Zuberi, Dan. 2015. University of Toronto Press.
  • Cleaning Up: How Hospital Outsourcing is Hurting Workers and Endangering Patients, Zuberi, Dan. 2013. Cornell University Press / ILR Press.
  • Differences that Matter: Social Policy and the Working Poor in the United States and Canada, Zuberi, Dan. 2006. Cornell University Press / ILR Press.


Journal articles

  • Artificial Intelligence and the Work-Health Interface: A Research Agenda for a Technologically Transforming World of Work. Jetha, Arif, Hela Bakhtari, Laura C. Rosella, Monique A.M. Gignac, Aviroop Biswas, Faraz V. Shahidi, Brendan T. Smith, Maxwell J. Smith, Cameron Mustard, Naiumul Khan, Victoria H. Arrandale, Peter J. Loewen, Daniyal Zuberi, Jack T. Dennerlein, Silvia Bonnaccio, Nicole Wu, Emma Irwin and Peter M. Smith. 2023. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 66(10), 815-830.
  • Precarious Work among Personal Support Workers in the Greater Toronto Area: A Respondent-Driven Sampling Study. Pinto, Andrew D., Ayu P. Hapsari, Julia Ho, Christopher Meaney, Lisa Avery, Nadha Hassen, Arif Jehta, A Morgan Lay, Michael Rotondi, and Daniyal Zuberi. 2022. Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) Open, 10(2), E527-E538.
  • The Working Conditions for Personal Support Workers in the Greater Toronto Area during the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Mixed-Methods Study. Hapsari, Ayu, Julia Ho, Christopher Meaney, Lisa Avery, Nadha Hassen, Arif Jetha, A. Morgan Lay, Michael Rotondi, Daniyal Zuberi and Andrew D. Pinto. 2022. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 113(6), 817-833.
  • School-aged Syrian Refugees Resettling in Canada: Mitigating the Effect of Pre-migration Trauma and Post-migration Discrimination on Academic Achievement and Psychological Well-being. Walker, John and Daniyal Zuberi. 2020. Journal of International Migration and Integration. Journal of International Migration and Integration 21(2), 397-411.
  • Lagging Behind in Suburbia: Suburban versus Urban Newcomers’ Employment Settlement Service Outcomes. Zuberi, Daniyal, Biorn Ivemark, and Melita Ptashnick. 2018. The Social Science Journal 55(4), 443-454.
  • Reducing the Prevalence of Obesity in Canada: A Call to Action. Shentow-Bewsh, Rachel and Daniyal Zuberi. 2018. Social Work in Public Health 33(6), 329-341.
  • To Live Apart or Together: Integration Outcomes of Astronaut versus Dual-Parent Household Strategies. Ptashnick, Melita and Daniyal Zuberi. 2018. Journal of International Migration and Integration 19(4), 849-864.
  • Beyond Face Value: Faculty Representation and Employment Equity in Ontario Colleges. Kipang, Shani and Daniyal Zuberi. 2018. Canadian Journal of Higher Education 48(2): 169-185.
  • Evening the Keel: Creating a Comprehensive Policy Response to Precarious Employment in the Canadian Labour Economy. Zhang, Selena and Daniyal Zuberi: 2017. Canadian Public Administration 60(1): 28-47.
  • Equally Inequitable? A Cross-National Comparative Study of Racial Health Inequalities in the United States and Canada. Ramraj, Chantel, Faraz Vahid Shahidi, William Darity, Jr., Ichiro Kawachi, Daniyal Zuberi, and Arjumand Siddiqi. 2016. Social Science & Medicine 161(7): 19-26.
  • Mobilizing for Safer Care: Addressing Structural Barriers to Reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections in Vancouver, Canada. Zuberi, Dan, Melita Ptashnick, Jun Chen Collet, Tim T.Y. Lau, Yazdan Mirzanejad, and Eva E. Thomas. 2015. Health Sociology Review 24(2): 137-151.
  • Certifying Voluntary Living Wage Employers: Business Case, Human Resource and Competitive Advantage Impacts. Ptashnick, Melita and Daniyal Zuberi. 2015. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 35(9/10): 618-634.
  • Harming Refugee and Canadian Health: The Negative Consequences of Recent Reforms to the Interim Federal Health Program. Harris, Helen P. and Dan Zuberi. 2015. Journal International Migration and Integration 16(4): 1041-1055.
  • The Cuban Paladar: Ideological Subversion or Substantiation? Taylor, Ariel and Daniyal Zuberi. 2015. The Social Science Journal 52(4): 503-515.
  • Mental Health and Poverty in the Inner City, Anakwenze, Ujunwa* and Daniyal Zuberi. 2013. Health & Social Work 38(3): 147-157.
  • Societal Context and the Production of Immigrant Status Based Health Disparities: A Comparative Study of the United States and Canada, Siddiqi, Arjumand, India J. Ornelas, Kelly Quinn, Daniyal Zuberi, and Quynh C. Nguyen. 2013. Journal of Public Health Policy 34: 330-344.
  • Local Approaches to Counter a Wider Pattern?: Urban Poverty in Portland, Oregon, Butz, Andrew and Dan Zuberi. 2012. Social Science Journal 49(3): 359-367.
  • In Search of a Better Life: The Experiences of Working Poor Immigrants in Vancouver, Canada, Zuberi, Daniyal and Melita Ptashnick. 2012. International Migration 50(s1): 60-93.
  • Globalization and the Service Workplace: Special Issue of American Behavioral Scientist, Zuberi, Daniyal and Danielle van Jaarsveld, editors. 2011. Volume 55, Issue 7.
  • Contracting Out Hospital Support Jobs: The Effects of Poverty Wages, Excessive Workload and Job Insecurity on Work and Family Life., Zuberi, Daniyal. 2011. American Behavioral Scientist 5(7): 920-940.
  • The Deleterious Consequences of Privatization and Outsourcing for Hospital Support Work: The Experiences of Contracted Out Hospital Cleaners and Dietary Aids in Vancouver, Canada. Zuberi, Dan and Melita Ptashnick. 2011. Social Science & Medicine 72: 907-911.
  • Ending the Cycle of Poverty through Socio-Economic Integration: A Comparison of Moving to Opportunity (MTO) in the United States and the Bijlmermeer Revival Project in the Netherlands, tal, Georgina Y. and Daniyal M. Zuberi. 2010. Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning 27(1): 3-12.
  • The Role of Health Insurance for Explaining Immigrant versus Non- Immigrant Disparities in Access to Health Care Comparing the United States to Canada, Siddiqi, Arjumand, Daniyal Zuberi, and Quyhn Nguyen. 2009. Social Science & Medicine 69(10): 1452-1459.
  • Organizing for Better Working Conditions and Wages: The UNITE HERE! Hotel Workers Rising Campaign., Zuberi, Dan. 2007. Just Labour: A Canadian Journal of Work and Society 10: 60-72.
  • Transfers Matter Most: How Changes in Transfer Systems in Canada and the United States Explain the Divergence of Household Poverty Levels from 1974-1994., Zuberi, Daniyal. 2004. International Journal of Comparative Sociology 45(1-2) 87-110.

Book Chapters

  • Health Policy Issues in Canada. Zuberi, Dan and Melita Ptashnick. 2019. in Canadian Social Policy for Social Workers: An Introduction. Oxford University Press Canada.
  • Hotel and Hospital Cleaning: Occupational Health and Safety Risks in a Neoliberal Era. Zuberi, Dan and Melita Ptashnick. 2018. in ed. Stephanie Premji (Editor), Sick and Tired: Health and Safety Inequalities. Fernwood.
  • Securing the Urban Core: Policing Poverty and Migration in the Neoliberal City. Zuberi, Daniyal and Ariel Taylor. 2017. in Philippe Bourbeau (Cambridge University), ed. Handbook on Migration and Security. Edward Elgar Press. pp. 144-160.
  • Meeting Great Expectations: The Experiences of Minority Students at a Canadian University. Zuberi, Daniyal and Melita B. Ptashnick. 2017. in Mariella Herold and Rina Manuela Contini, eds. Living in Two Homes: Integration and Education of Transnational Migrants in a Globalized World. Emerald. pp. 293-312.
  • Urban Inequality and Urban Social Movements, Zuberi, Daniyal. 2014. in Harry Hiller, ed. Urban Canada, 3rd ed. Oxford University Press. pp. 134-155.
  • Hours Required to Meet Basic Needs at Minimum Wage, Zuberi, Daniyal. 2014. in Alex C. Michalos, ed. Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research. Dordecht: Springer. 2942-2943.
  • Urban Regeneration in Vancouver, Canada Zuberi, Daniyal and Ariel Taylor. 2013. in Michael Leary and John McCarthy, eds. Urban Regeneration: A Handbook. London: Routledge (pp. 292-302)
  • The Working Poor, Zuberi, Dan. 2013. in Vicky Smith, ed. Sociology of Work: An
  • Encyclopedia. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (pp. 1005-1010).
  • Urban Inequality and Urban Social Movements, Zuberi, Daniyal. 2010. in Harry Hiller,
  • ed. Urban Canada, 2nd ed. Oxford University Press. (pp. 109-130).
  • Urban and Community Studies, Tindall, David B., Fiona Kay, Daniyal M. Zuberi and Kerry Lynn Bates. 2008. in Lester R. Kurtz (Editor), Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict, 2nd Edition. Elsevier. (pp 2224-2244).


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