Daniyal Zuberi

Professor of Social Policy; Joint Appointment, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy; RBC Chair in Applied Social Work Research; Ph.D., Sociology and Social Policy, Harvard University (2004); A.M., Sociology and Social Policy, Harvard University (2004); M.Sc. Comparative Social Research, University of Oxford (1997); B.A. (Hons), Political Science, Johns Hopkins University (1996)
Phone Number: 
(416) 978-3264
Office Location: 

Room 430

Research Interests: 

Social Policy; Poverty; Inequality; Social Welfare; Work; Health; Immigration; Education; Labour; Housing; Urban Studies


Dr. Zuberi is RBC Chair and Professor of Social Policy at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto. Prior to his appointment at the University of Toronto, he was the William Lyon Mackenzie King Research Fellow at Harvard University and a faculty member in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. In 2015, he was elected member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. He is currently completing research projects on social policy and urban poverty, health policy, education, immigrant access to services and settlement experiences, reducing hospital-acquired infection rates and hospital employment.


Zuberi, D. & Taylor, A. (2018) (Re)Generating Inclusive Cities: Poverty and Planning in Urban North America. New York: Routledge

Zuberi, D. (2015) Schooling the Next Generation: Creating Success in Urban Elementary Schools. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.

Zuberi, D. (2013) Cleaning Up: How Hospital Outsourcing is Hurting Workers and Endangering Patients. Ithaca, NY:  Cornell University Press.

Zuberi, D. (2006) Differences that Matter: Social Policy and the Working Poor in the United States and Canada. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Book Chapters: 

Zuberi, D. & Ptashnick, M. (Forthcoming). Health Policy Issues in Canada in R. Harding & D. Jeyapal, eds. Social Policy for Social Workers: An Introduction. Oxford University Press Canada.

Zuberi, D. & Robinson, J. (Forthcoming). Crossnational Comparative Urban Research: Reflections and Insights from Comparing American and Canadian Cities. In H. Silver, ed. Comparative Urban Studies. New York: Routledge.

Zuberi, D. & Ptashnick, M. (2018). Hotel and Hospital Cleaning: Occupational Health and Safety Risks in a Neoliberal Era in S. Premji, ed., Sick and Tired: Health and Safety Inequalities. Fernwood.

Zuberi, D. & Taylor, A. (2017). Securing the Urban Core: Policing Poverty and Migration in the Neoliberal City. Handbook on Migration and Security in P. Bourbeau (Cambridge University), ed. Edward Elgar Press. (pp. 144-160).

Zuberi, D. & Ptashnick, M. (2017). Meeting Great Expectations: The Experiences of Minority Students at a Canadian University in M. Herold and R.M. Contini, ed. Living in Two Homes: Integration and Education of Transnational Migrants in a Globalized World. Emerald. (pp. 293-312).

Zuberi, D. (2014). Urban Inequality and Urban Social Movements. In H. Hiller, ed. Urban Canada, Third Edition. Oxford University Press. (pp. 134-155).

Zuberi, D. (2014). Hours Required to Meet Basic Needs at Minimum Wage. In Alex C. Michalos, ed. Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research. Dordecht: Springer. (pp. 2942-2943).

Zuberi, D. & Taylor, A. (2013). Urban Regeneration in Vancouver, Canada. In M. Leary & J. McCarthy, eds. Urban Regeneration: A Handbook. London: Routledge (pp. 292-302).

Zuberi, D. (2013). The Working Poor. In V. Smith, ed. Sociology of Work: An Encyclopedia. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (pp. 1005-1010).

Zuberi, D. (2010). Urban Inequality and Urban Social Movements. In H. H. Hiller, ed. Urban Canada, Second Edition. Oxford University Press (pp. 109-130).

Tindall, D.B., Kay, F., Zuberi, D. & Bates, K. (2008). Urban and Community Studies. In L. R. Kurtz (Editor). (2008). Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict, Second Edition. Elsevier (pp. 2224-2244).

Publications In Refereed Journals: 

Ptashnick, M. & Zuberi, D. (2018). To Live Apart or Together: Integration Outcomes of Astronaut versus Dual-Parent Household Strategies” Journal of International Migration and Integration. Available online ahead of print: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12134-018-0579-8

Shentow-Bewsh, R. & Zuberi, D. (2018). “Reducing the Prevalence of Obesity in Canada: A Call to Action” Social Work in Public Health. Available online ahead of print: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19371918.2018.1482252

Zuberi, D., Ivemark, B., & Ptashnick, M. (2018). Lagging Behind in Suburbia: Suburban versus Urban Newcomers’ Employment Settlement Service Outcomes” The Social Science Journal 55(4): 443-454.

Kipang, S. & Zuberi, D. (2018). Beyond Face Value: Faculty Representation and Employment Equity in Ontario Colleges. Canadian Journal of Higher Education 48(2): 169-185.

Zhang, S. & Zuberi, D. (2017). Evening the Keel: Creating a Comprehensive Policy Response to Precarious Employment in the Canadian Labour Economy. Canadian Public Administration 60(1): 28-47.

Ramraj, C., Shahidi, F.V., Darity Jr., W., Kawachi, I., Zuberi, D., & Siddiqi, A. (2016). Equally Inequitable? A Cross-National Comparative Study of Racial Health Inequalities in the United States and Canada. Social Science & Medicine 161(7): 19-26.

Zuberi, D., Ptashnick, M., Collet, J.C., Lau, T. T. Y., Mirzanejad, Y., & Thomas, E. E. (2015). Mobilizing for Safer Care: Addressing Structural Barriers to Reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections in Vancouver, Canada. Health Sociology Review 24(2), 137-151

Ptashnick, M. & Zuberi, D. (2015). Certifying Voluntary Living Wage Employers: Business Case, Human Resource and Competitive Advantage Impacts. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 35(9/10), 618-634

Harris, H. P. & Zuberi, D. (2015). Harming Refugee and Canadian Health: The Negative Consequences of Recent Reforms to the Interim Federal Health Program. Journal  of International Migration and Integration 16(4), 1041-1055

Taylor, A. & Zuberi, D. (2015). The Cuban Paladar: Ideological Subversion or Substantiation? The Social Science Journal 52(4), 503-515

Anakawenze, U. &  Zuberi, D. (2013). Mental Health and Poverty in the Inner-City. Health & Social Work 38(3), 147-157

Siddiqi, A, Ornelas, I. J., Quinn, K., Zuberi, D. & Nguyen, Q.C. (2013). Societal Context and the Production of Immigrant Status Based Health Disparities: A Comparative Study of the United States and Canada. Journal of Public Health Policy 34, 330-344.

Butz, A. & Zuberi, D. (2012). Local Approaches to Counter a Wider Problem? Urban Poverty in Portland, Oregon. The Social Science Journal 49, 357-367.

Zuberi, D. & Ptashnick, M. (2012). In Search of a Better Life: The Experiences of Working Poor Immigrants in Vancouver, Canada. International Migration 50(s1), 60-93.

Zuberi, D. (2011). Contracting Out Hospital Support Jobs: The Effects of Poverty Wages, Excessive Workload and Job Insecurity on Work and Family Life. American Behavioral Scientist 55(7), 920-940.

Zuberi, D. & Ptashnick, M. (2011). The Deleterious Consequences of Privatization and Outsourcing for Hospital Support Work: The Experiences of Contracted Out Hospital Cleaners and Dietary Aids in Vancouver, Canada. Social Science & Medicine 72, 907-911.

Stal, G. & Zuberi, D. (2010). Ending the Cycle of Poverty Through Socio-Economic Integration: A Comparison of Moving to Opportunity (MTO) in the United States and the Bijlmermeer Revival Project in the Netherlands. Cities 27(1), 3-12.

Siddiqi, A., Zuberi, D. & Nguyen, Q. (2009). The Role of Health Insurance for Explaining Immigrant versus Non-Immigrant Disparities in Access to Health Care: Comparing the United States to Canada. Social Science & Medicine 69(10), 1452-1459.

Zuberi, D. (2007). Organizing for Better Working Conditions and Wages: The UNITE HERE! Hotel Workers Rising Campaign. Just Labour 10, 60-72.

Zuberi, D. (2004). Transfers Matter Most: How Changes in Transfer Systems in Canada and the United States Explain the Divergence of Household Poverty Levels from 1974-1994. International Journal of Comparative Sociology 45(1-2), 87-110.

Other Selected Publications: 


Zuberi, D. & van Jaarsveld, D. Editors. (2011). Globalization and the Service Workplace. American Behavioral Scientist. Volume 55, Issue 7 (July).

Awards and Honors: 

2015 Elected Member, Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

2014 Who’s Who in Social Sciences Higher Education

2013 Gold Award, Foreword Book of the Year Award in Social Sciences, Adult Non-Fiction

2013 Who’s Who in Health Sciences Academia

2011-2016 Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award

2011-2012 William Lyon Mackenzie King Research Fellowship, Harvard University

2010-2011 Visiting Scholar, Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

2009 Scholarly Achievement Award, North Central Sociological Association

2008 Outstanding Academic Title Award, Choice Magazine

2008 Honorable Mention Award for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship, Pacific Sociological Association.

2007 Michael Harrington Book Award, New Political Science section, American Political Science Association

2007 Honorable Mention Book Award, Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights

2006  Finalist, Hubert Evans Award for Non-Fiction (BC Book Prize)

2006  Finalist Doug Purvis Memorial Prize, Canadian Economics Association

2006  Early Career Scholar Award, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

2005 Best Dissertation Award, Labor and Employment Relations Association

2005 Finalist, Best Dissertation Award, W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Relations

2004-2005 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Human Early Learning Partnership, UBC and Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

2001 Fulbright Scholarship

2001 Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship

2000 Harvard University Certificate for Excellence in Teaching (Spring and Fall)

1999 Harvard Kennedy School of Government Community Service Award

1999 U.S. National Science Foundation IGERT Inequality and Social Policy Fellowship

1998 Harvard Kennedy School of Government Doctoral Fellowship

External Research Grants: 

2017-2021. D. Zuberi (PI), “Social Policy and Urban Poverty in Canada.” SSHRC Insight Grant $170,614.

2015-2018. D. Zuberi (PI), “Addressing Employment Barriers and Advancing Gender Equity: Creating Employment Ladders and Supporting the Advancement of Visible Minority Immigrant and Refugee Women Working in Canada’s Healthcare System.” CIHR Operating Grant  $180,000.

2014-2015. D. Zuberi (PI), “Reducing Hospital-Acquired Infections in Urban Canada.” CIHR Operating Research Allowance $40,000.

2014-2018 J. L. Robinson (PI), C. Lipsig-Mummé and D. Zuberi. “Working a Green Job: Workforce Development and the Experience of Workers in the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy” SSHRC Partnership Development Grant $191,458.

2012-2019 D. Hulchanski (PI), D. Zuberi, etc. “Neighbourhood Inequality, Diversity and Change: Trends, Processes, Consequences, and Policy Options for Canada’s Large Metropolitan Areas” SSHRC Partnership Grant $2,500,000.

2013 D. Zuberi (PI) “How Community-Based Organizations Contribute to Collective Efficacy in Neighbourhoods” SSHRC Partnership Grant Sub-Grant $8,950.

2012-2013. D. Zuberi (PI). “Creating Good Jobs: Mobilizing Cross-Sectoral Coalitions to Create Living Wage, Family Sustaining Employment” SSHRC Insight Development Grant $35,000.

2012-2013 A. Siddiqi (PI), W. Darity, C. Hertzman, I. Kawachi, and D. Zuberi. “Equally Inequitable: A Cross-National Comparative Study of Health Equity in Canada and the United States.” CIHR Operating Grant $100,0000.

2011-2016. D. Zuberi. “Reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections in the Vancouver Metropolitan Region” CIHR New Investigator Award. $300,000.

2011-2014. D. Zuberi (PI). “Social Policy and the Working Poor: Longitudinal and Indepth Research on Immigrant Service Sector Workers in Vancouver” SSHRC Standard Research Grant. $100,850.

2010-2012 D. Zuberi (PI). “Qualitative Data Lab for Policy Research” Canadian Foundation for Innovation Leaders Opportunity Fund (CFI LOF) $160,524.

2011-2012 D. Zuberi (PI) “Residential Concentration of Poverty: Suburban versus Inner-city Service Resources for New Immigrants” SSHRC Insight Development Grant $32,136.

2010-2012 D. Zuberi (PI) “Meeting Great Expectations: How Youth from Disadvantaged Groups Navigate and Experience the Canadian University” SSHRC Research Development Initiative Grant $37,750.

2010-2011 D. Zuberi (PI) “Meeting the Needs of Newcomers: Understanding the Challenges Facing Recently Arrived Immigrants and Refugees to Access Settlement Services in the Vancouver Region” Metropolis BC Grant $14,994.

2007-2011. D. Zuberi (PI) “Outsourced: Hospital Cleaners and Support Workers in Vancouver” SSHRC Standard Research Grant $94,000.

2006-2008 D. Zuberi (PI) “Determinants of School Success: Urban Elementary Schools in East Vancouver” SSHRC Multiculturalism Issues in Canada Strategic Research Grant $47,230.

University Research Grants: 

2013-2014. Dan Zuberi (PI) “Addressing Employment Barriers and Advancing Gender Equity: Creating Employment Ladders and Supporting Advancement of Visible Minority Immigrant and Refugee Women in Canada’s Healthcare System” RBC Graduate Fellowship in Applied Social Work Research (Kaitlin Schwan, PhD Student) $10,000.

2012-2014 D. Zuberi (PI) “Urban Poverty, Inequality, and Social Policy in Canada” Connaught Fund. $20,000.

2010-2012 D. Zuberi (PI) “Transitions to Success: How Post-Secondary Education Policy and Program Differences Effect Post-Secondary Participation and Graduation Rates of Young Adults from Lower-Income Families in the United States and Canada” UBC Hampton Research Grant $15,000.

2010 D. Zuberi (PI) “Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections in the Vancouver Region” UBC Arts Undergraduate Research Award grant $12,000.

2008 D. van Jaarsveld & D. Zuberi (co-PIs) “Globalization and the Service Workplace” Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Workshop Award $25,000.

2008 D. van Jaarsveld & D. Zuberi (co-PIs) “Globalization and the Service Workplace” Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) Grant $10,000.

2006-2008 D. Zuberi (PI) “Urban Poverty in the Pacific Northwest: A Four-City Comparative Study of Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle, and Portland” UBC Hampton Research Grant $31,440.