Allison Smith

Assistant Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy


Alison Smith is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She specializes in Canadian politics, the comparative welfare state, homelessness and urban and multilevel governance. Her research looks at the governance of complex policy areas, such as homelessness, from an urban and multilevel perspective. She was involved in developing the methodology for Montreal’s street homeless count in 2015 and is interested in advancing research methods for measuring and tracking different forms of homelessness, including hidden homelessness. She teaches courses on Canadian politics and comparative housing policy. She obtained her Ph.D. from l’Université de Montréal, her M.A. from UBC and her B.A. (hons) from Mount Allison University. Before joining the University of Toronto, she was an intern with the Parliamentary Internship Program.

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