MacPhail, Dr. Fiona

Dr. Fiona MacPhail
PhD (Dalhousie University); MA (University of Guelph); MA (University of Sussex); BA Hons (University of Guelph) Professor
Email: Phone:
  • Prince George


I am a Professor of Economics with primary teaching areas in 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 contexts.

My long-standing research program centers on inequalities (particularly relating to gender), work, and public policy. Of specific interest are issues of migration, unpaid care work and macroeconomics, precarious and gig work. These projects have been funded by SSHRC, IDRC, and Status of Women Canada.

A new research project focuses on fossil fuel extraction and just transition strategies 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.

Research and Expertise

My research interests include: gender, paid and unpaid work and public policy, poverty and inequality, social license and resource extraction.

Research Fields:
  • Economics
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Northern Issues
Areas of Expertise:

Paid and unpaid work, gender, and public policy; poverty and inequalities; resource extraction and just transition alternatives; precarious work and the gig economy.

Languages Spoken:
  • English
Not accepting graduate students
Supervises in:
  • MA International Studies
  • MA Development Economics
Available to be contacted by the media as a subject matter expert