Dr. Fiona MacPhail

Fiona MacPhail
Professor, Department of Economics
PhD Economics, Dalhousie University
MA Rural Development, University of Guelph
MA Development Economics, University of Sussex
BA Honours, Economics, University of Guelph

Office:  Admin 3055
Tel:       250-960-6660
Email:  fiona.macphail@unbc.ca

My primary teaching areas are Labour Economics, Women and the Economy, and Poverty, Inequality and Development. In teaching economics, I strive to help students investigate contemporary issues using multiple economic perspectives and taking account of institutional and policy/regulatory context. I have worked with several students on their University Undergraduate Research Award projects on the topic of the “living wage”.

My long-standing research program centers on inequalities (particularly relating to gender), work, and public policy. Of specific interest are issues of internal migration, temporary foreign workers, unpaid care work and macroeconomics, precarious/casual work, volunteer work, and work in resource-oriented communities. These projects have been funded by SSHRC, IDRC, and Status of Women Canada

A new research project focuses on social license and fossil fuel extraction in northern British Columbia. This project is part of the multi-institution, SSHRC-funded, Corporate Mapping Power project, led by researchers at the University of Victoria and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – BC. I value both quantitative and qualitative approaches in research.

I have undertaken commissioned research reports on gender and work for several organizations including the BC Fair Wages Commission, the Asian Development Bank and International Labour Organization.

I participate on several editorial/advisory boards including the Canadian Journal of Development Studies and Feminist Economics.

Courses Taught

ECON 604 - Poverty, Inequality and Development
ECON 300 - Labour Economics
ECON 100 - Microeconomics

Research Interests
  • Gender
  • Paid and unpaid work and public policy
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Social license and resource extraction