I am a doctoral candidate in law at the European University Institute in Florence.

I study how finance and financial institutions interact with productive institutions, how those interactions are understood differently in different countries, and what implications those understandings have on social outcomes in the global south. Underlying that work are questions about how economic institutions are constructed through and interact with formal law, how social relations mediate economic relations and the explicit role played by expertise in shaping everyday economic practice.

I came to these questions from a set of concerns about how the reshaping of the global economy was also redistributing benefits, costs and risks on the social side, and reshaping power, institutions and policy paradigms on the political side. Those questions carried me from my first degree in mathematics, at the University of Waterloo, to law school at the University of Toronto and then specifically into an engagement with labour law, first in Canada and then through consulting at the International Labour Organization. From there, it was only hop, skip and a jump to a set of questions about the 50% or so of the world’s workers who make their living outside of employment as we know it – the so-called “bottom billion” discussed in the mainstream development literature who are more often lumped into the “informal economy” by those particularly interested in questions of work and social outcomes in the global south.

My posts here could be described as eclectic, but I insist that they are united by my deep intellectual commitments; whether in Canadian politics or experimental fiction, critical legal theory or popular film, I am engaged by questions of how we should be in the world, how we should be together, and what role thought and action play in addressing those questions, and with how we can share the answers we find with one another.