Merlin Chatwin, Senior Graduate Fellow
Merlin Chatwin is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Western Ontario in the Geography Department. His research area is urban policy and local governance with a specific focus on the civic exclusion of marginalized groups in diverse geographies. He was previously the Co-Founder and Director of Amplify Governance International Inc. and has over 10 years of domestic and international community development. With an MA in Organizational Development and Leadership, he has a keen interest in the development of individuals to reach their full potential. He has significant experience in developing strategic alliances in governance, education and food security sectors. Merlin has expertise in project management and in leading cross-sectoral groups through strategic planning and collaborative processes. Further, he has led multiple monitoring and evaluation projects across diverse sectors and geographic and cultural contexts.
Kate Graham, Fellow
Dr. Kate Graham has more than a decade of experience working in local government, most recently as the Director, Community & Economic Innovation at the City of London. She is an engaged community member and volunteer, including serving as the Chair of the Pillar Nonprofit Network, and was named one of London’s Top 20 Under 40 in 2015. Her research interests include local government, urban politics, public policy and city competitiveness. Her dissertation Leading Canada’s Cities? A Study of Urban Mayors examines the political leadership of Canada’s cities (see: MayorsProject.ca).
Adam Payler, Visiting Graduate Fellow
Adam Payler is a PhD Doctoral Researcher at the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) at the School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham (United Kingdom). Adam’s doctoral research investigates the relationship between democratic performance and organizational performance, using the introduction of the directly elected Police and Crime Commissioner governance model in England as a case study. Adam has approximately five years of professional experience in the Canadian local government sector, including both strategic focused roles, as well as managerial roles within an operations environment. In addition to his studies, Adam currently works in consultancy. Adam holds an BA in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MA in American Studies and MPA in Local Government from Western University.