Leadership and Democracy LabWestern Social Science

Student Leaders & Support Staff

Matthew Tai

Matthew Tai

Team Leader - Infrastructure in Brazil

Research Interests / Specializations: Canadian Politics, Disruptive Technologies and Innovation, Corporate Strategy, International Relations, Political Leadership
Sydney Scott

Sydney Scott

Team Leader - Infrastructure in Qatar

Research Interests / Specializations: Post-Colonialism, Latin America, The Middle East
Haley Daniel

Haley Daniel

Team Leader - Brexit

Research Interests / Specializations: Political Theory, Comparative Politics, Gender Politics
Duncan Spilsbury

Duncan Spilsbury

Team Leader - Oil and Energy in Quwait

Research Interests / Specializations: International Relations, Geopolitics, International Law
Mary Peplinski

Mary Peplinski

Team Leader - Biotechnology in Singapore

Research Interests / Specializations: American Politics, International Relations, Ethnic Conflict, Human Rights
Marissa Vaillant

Marissa Vaillant

Team Leader - Realestate in India

Research Interests / Specializations: Monetary Policy, American Politics, Behavioural Economics, Financial Markets

Marko Gombac

Team Leader - Mining in Tanzania


Claire Okrainetz

Team Leader - Textiles in Bangladesh


Emily Dolan

Team Leader - Tourism in Cuba


Brandon Robinson

Team Leader - Manufacturing under NAFTA


Julie Flesch

Team Leader - Agriculture in Paraguay