New Researcher Profiles

Featured New Researcher

Dr. Marie-Hélène Fillion
Bharti School of Engineering
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture

Dr. Marie-Hélène Fillion joined Laurentian University in January 2019. She has a multidisciplinary background in geological, civil and mining engineering. She has worked as a project manager in geotechnical engineering in Québec (LVM Inc.) and in research positions at the CREIG research chair (Laval University) and at the Lassonde Institute of Mining (University of Toronto). She has Canadian and international research experience with the mining industry in Northern Québec and in South Africa. Her research focuses on the optimization of geotechnical data collection for mine design. She is specialized in mining geo-mechanics, ground characterization, rock mass stability analysis, statistical methods used in geo-engineering and Discrete Fracture Networks modelling.

Her current research interests include the use of geostatistical methods for minimizing the influence of the spatial correlation between rock samples, implicit 3D modelling for defining a geological model, the impact of using quantitative vs. qualitative or subjective measures in mining risk assessment and ground characterization for optimizing rock fragmentation.


Shannon Bassett, MAUD, BARCH, MRAIC
McEwen School of Architecture
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture
Shannon Bassett’s research, teaching, writing and practice operate at the intersection of architecture, urban design and landscape ecology.
Her writing on both China’s explosive urbanization and its changing landscape, as well as shrinking cities and the post-industrial landscape in North America, has been published in Topos, Urban Flux and Landscape Architecture Frontiers Magazine (LAF) and Canadian Architect. 
Her design research and work has been exhibited both nationally, as well as internationally, including at the Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture (2012) and was featured in the ensuing book publication, “Learning from Tri-ciprocal Cities: The time, the place, the people”. It has also been displayed at the BUGAIK International Architectural Exhibition (Busan Ulsan Gyeongnam Chapter of Architectural Institute of Korea). She was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant for (Re)Stitch Tampa. Ensuing from this research platform was the publication, “(Re)Stitch Tampa: Designing the Post-War Coastal American City through Ecologies.” Her design practice has included designing an urban design masterplan and study for an urban artist colony on a 42-acre site, the Village of the Arts in Bradenton, Florida, as well as a series of speculative design studies for the City of Tampa Riverwalk for the City of Tampa. 
Shannon has taught in Buffalo, Tampa and at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. She has practiced architecture at award-winning practices in Boston and Ottawa. With the National Capital Commission in Ottawa she was also a junior architect for the Official Residences Section and a junior urban planner for the Long-Range Planning Division for community outreach on several high profile urban design projects, including the LeBreton Flats Redevelopment.
She has lectured internationally, as well as run design research studios in China, collaborating with the Tongj College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the Tianjin School of Architecture, and the Turenscape College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Peking University in both Beijing and Anhui province, with a focus on rural urbanism of Village planning or “rurbanism”. She served as an elected two-term board member of the International Association of China Planning (IACP) from 2011 to 2015. 
She holds a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture with Distinction from the Carleton University School of Architecture. While at Harvard, she was a Research and Teaching Assistant at the Centre for Urban Development Studies, later the Institute for International Urban Development, assisting with the research for the publication, “Financing Urban Shelter: Global Report on Human Settlement” for UN-HABITAT”.

Dr. Aliki Economides
McEwen School of Architecture
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture 

Dr. Aliki Economides was trained as both an architect and an architectural and urban historian with additional graduate training in the history of science. Her research focuses primarily on three interrelated themes, namely: the roles played by the built and natural environment in the construction of identity; the profound and mutually reinforcing interrelationships between social and spatial inequalities; and the ways in which ornament vividly indexes the challenges, opportunities, and priorities bearing on architectural design and discourse in all cultural contexts. 

Current projects include her first book manuscript titled, Constructing Identity: Ernest Cormier and the Project of Modernity, which explores the world and work of architect, engineer and artist Ernest Cormier (1885-1980) to analyze understudied yet illuminating insights into sociocultural and architectural modernity in Montréal during the interwar period. Related to this scholarly research is Aliki’s contribution to public engagement in the form of the documentary film she is collaborating on titled, Ernest Cormier et le défi de la modernité, which is being produced for Radio-Canada (anticipated release in 2019). Aliki is also co-editing the collective volume, Capital Cities in Imperial and Post-Imperial Contexts, 1880-1980, and is drafting articles for refereed journals in architectural history and in sociology on the entanglements between architectural ornament, the building envelope conceived as ‘skin’, and race. Aliki joined the McEwen School of Architecture’s faculty in August 2018.

Dr. Luckny Zéphyr
Department of Finance and Operations
Faculty of Management

Dr. Luckny Zéphyr’s research focuses on the development of numerical methods for problem-solving of complex decisions, in particular, issues with electricity grids, including the integration of renewable energies in energy generation facilities. Mr. Zéphyr has worked on actual implementations in Canada and in Colombia. His research activities also focus on dynamic programming, stochastic programming, convex analysis, energy network management and integrated renewable energy. He is also interested in data science and machine learning.

Dr. Frantz Siméon
School of Social Work
Faculty of Health / Ext. 5064

Dr. Frantz Siméon's research projects focus on healthy aging and the construction of real partnerships that are necessary, indispensable even, between stakeholders from various backgrounds in relation to the complexity of aging. His doctoral thesis takes a renewed look at a partnership experience designed to operationalize public policy regarding seniors in Quebec. The author shows that, to be possible and effective, a partnership must be built on a collective ability to develop social compromises. Dr. Siméon wishes to replicate the partnership model developed in his thesis with stakeholders involved with Sudbury's seniors, aiming to create the necessary conditions for the evolution of health and social service practices that dealing with home-based ageing.

M. Siméon is also interested in the work practices of social workers in parapublic and public institutions; he is particularly interested in best practices that encourage retention of these professionals in the health and social services fields to ensure continuous quality services.

Kamran Eshghi
Faculty of Management
School of Sports Administration

Kamran Eshghi joined Laurentian University (SPAD program) in July 2018.  His research focuses on marketing channels, sports sponsorship, marketing-finance interface, and marketing strategy.  At the centre of Kamran’s research is the notion of channel conflict – the myriad of disputes, disagreements and even litigation that bedevil business transactions in distribution channels.  

One of the questions he seeks to study is whether franchise contracts are changed following litigations, and how. Understanding this will allow such channel partners to craft better governance, either through ex-ante contractual provisions, or ex-post adjustments. The second part of Kamran’s work seeks to challenge the received wisdom that conflict is bad. While there are snippets of information in the research literature that claim conflict can sometimes be good for business, no empirical study directly addresses this. Kamran addresses this very fundamental question directly by estimating whether there is an inverted U-shaped relation between degree of conflict and franchise performance. As it turns out, his initial empirical results show that indeed there is an inverted U- shaped relationship between performance and conflict.

Kamran also works on the role of marketing capability in determining the value of sports sponsorship among Canadian firms. His study shows how firms with strong marketing capability can not only benefit from sports sponsorship but also mitigate the negative effects of other financial indicators.


Dr. Stéphane Perrouty (ext. 2212)
Precambrian Geology
Harquail School of Earth Sciences

Starting at Laurentian University in January 2018, Dr. Stéphane Perrouty is a field geologist, specialized in structural geology and Precambrian geology. His multidisciplinary research also involves mineralogy, geochemistry and geophysics to explain and model tectonic processes, rock deformation and alteration, associated with the formation of Precambrian ore deposits. This topic contributes to better understand the evolution of our planet and may also assist mineral exploration. His current collaborations and research projects focus on gold deposits in Abitibi, in Northern Ontario and in West Africa.

Dr. Isabelle Côté
School of Social Work

Dr. Isabelle Côté’s research projects focus on violence against women, more specifically domestic violence and intervention practices. Hence, her doctoral thesis traced the evolution of intervention practices used in Quebec women’s shelters for victims of domestic violence, while focussing on the influence sociopolitical transformations have had on intervention practices over the last 40 years.
With various research teams and in collaboration with women’s groups in Ontario and Quebec, Isabelle studied different issues regarding the security of women and children in the context of domestic violence. One of these projects led to the development of “Our Mailbox”, an intervention tool to facilitate communication between mother and child post-separation. This tool was distributed to all shelters and organizations working with francophone women and children in Ontario. Isabelle considers herself an activist-researcher whose projects utilize a critical and feminist perspective, and aim to eliminate male violence against women and children.  

Dr. Caio Licciardi (2309)
Department of Physics
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Architecture
Particle Astrophysics Group

Dr. Caio Licciardi’s research interests lie in understanding some of the fundamental questions in nuclear and particle physics. His research is primarily focused on neutrino physics and the outstanding question of whether they are their own anti-particles, the so-called Majorana particles. To this end, he is looking for neutrinoless double beta decay in Xe-136. This is a hypothetical process that, if observed, would demonstrate that neutrinos are Majorana particles, shedding light on new physic concepts. Caio is also interested in developing simulations, data analysis and hardware technology to search for dark matter. Hypothesized through observations of the rotation of galaxies, we now understand that most of the universe is comprised of this completely unknown form of matter.

Dr. Joey-Lynn Wabie
School of Indigenous Relations
Faculty of Health

Kokomig Atsokan:  I am currently partnering with traditional grandmothers and co-researcher Shannon Chief in traditional Algonquin territory (northwestern Quebec) on a specific land-based language and culture model.  This fully land-based language and culture model was created, revised, and steeped in their culture which has the potential to academically strengthen community based research, and the creation of a language and culture model birthed directly from the people themselves.  This is beneficial as they have been authentic leaders within this research and it brings something back to their community, not take anything away. It also promotes community togetherness which brings together Algonquin families, communities, and agencies as we unveil and implement the language and culture model.  Other research interests include Indigenous women's grassroots organizing, rites of passage for Indigenous youth (berry fasting, puberty fasts), and cultural knowledge transfer models.

Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Carlson (5035)
School of Social Work
Faculty of Health

 Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Carlson began her position as an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Laurentian University in July 2017. Using an anti-colonial methodology, her research has focused on ways that non-Indigenous (settler) peoples can, and have, engaged with anti-colonial and decolonial living and activism. Herself a settler, through this research Liz has taken up the framework of living in Indigenous sovereignty, or living in accordance with an awareness that we are on Indigenous lands containing their own protocols, stories, laws, obligations, and opportunities which have been understood and practiced by Indigenous peoples since time immemorial. Following Indigenous scholars and activists such as Leanne Simpson, Christi Belcourt, and Taiaike Alfred, who maintain that true reconciliation must include land return, Liz is interested in exploring ways that settlers can engage with and support land return initiatives.

Dr. Sandra Hoy
School of Social Work
Faculty of Health

Dr. Sandy Hoy recently moved to Sudbury with her family from Kitchener, Ontario to join the School of Social Work at Laurentian. She was most recently the Director of Research Projects for the Manulife Centre for Community Health Research at the Lyle S Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University. Sandy’s research interests include community-based and partnership-based research related to health and social services, gender and other social determinants of health. Sandy’s current projects include: 1) an evaluation of a peer-based breastfeeding support program: Breastfeeding Buddies. This multi-year arts-based project has included the production of a short documentary and a comic; (2) a program evaluation of the expansion of services for survivors of gender-based violence at the Counseling Centre of East Algoma in Elliot Lake; and 3) a historical digitized case study of one of the first poorhouse in Ontario: the Waterloo County House of Industry and Refuge, that has resulted in the creation of a virtual museum (

Tanya Shute
School of Social Work
Faculty of Health

Tanya Shute recently moved to Sudbury from Richmond Hill, Ontario to join the School of Social Work at Laurentian after having been a sessional instructor and adjunct professor in the social work program offered at the Barrie satellite campus. Prior to her full-time role with Laurentian she was also faculty and Coordinator of the Social Services Worker program at Seneca College (Yorkgate) and lead curriculum author, faculty, and coordinator of Seneca’s Honours Bachelor of Community Mental Health and Addictions degree, and its Mental Health Intervention post-graduate program. Prior to her life in academia, she practiced front-line in community mental health and homelessness in York Region, and was Executive Director of York Region’s only adult drop-in centre, The Krasman Centre, for many years. Because of her time in the field, her research interests are community-based projects that lead to tangible community development and/or community service improvements. Tanya’s current projects include: 1) a photovoice-based documentation and action study of the living circumstances and realities of suburban homelessness; 2) a health and social services needs assessment of residents of smaller/rural communities who are transgender or non-gender-conforming (focused in North Simcoe/Muskoka area) in partnership with The Gilbert Centre; 3) a small study on the effectiveness of lay sexual health youth educators in HIV/AIDS and sexual health promotion in partnership with the York Region AIDS Committee; and 4) a small study of the effectiveness of trialogues in community mental health to enhance the voices of consumer/survivor initiatives, in partnership with the Krasman Centre in York Region.

Tanya is also interested in social work education research and research about community college students. She is currently wrapping up her PhD dissertation in education, which is a mixed methods study of the experiences and processes of academic failure and expulsion of students from vocational education programs in community colleges.