Chloe Halpenny


Profile: I am a multi-disciplinary social researcher, community organizer, and Sociocultural Studies PhD student at SHKS. Supervised by Dr. Elaine Power, my research critically examines state responses to poverty through a feminist disability lens. By interrogating how concepts like productivity, dependence, labour, and care are understood and taken up in popular and policy narratives, my work aims to reveal the motivations and implications of income security policy in Canada.

Outside of Queen’s, I work as an applied social policy researcher and evaluator at the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation on projects related to gender and 2SLGBTQ+ equity in employment, health, and housing. I am also deeply engaged in activist and community work, primarily through my involvement with the Basic Income Canada Youth Network, the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa, and the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness. Previously, I completed Master’s degrees in social policy and gender studies at the London School of Economics and the University of Cambridge, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in public policy at Carleton University.

Undergraduate courses: KHS 495 (Advanced Topics in Health Studies) – Critical Poverty Studies (Fall 2023)