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Meet Our Researcher in Residence, Ali Solhi

Headshot of Ali SolhiDescribe your role as Researcher-in-Residence

I will explore potential research partnerships with colleges, universities, non-profit organizations and research institutes. I will also investigate the role of public libraries among immigrants and newcomers ‑- specifically, how public library services and programs used by immigrants during their settlement process help with their social integration into Canadian society. I will also examine ways to attract individuals who don’t use library services.


Tell Us About You


I am a Ph.D. student in the department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University. My research interests focus on social inequality, psychological well-being, and health equity among immigrants and marginalized groups. I was recently involved in a research project by Dr. Kaitlin Wynia Baluk, which explored the co-location of the HPL Parkdale Branch in affordable community housing and its benefits in terms of building social infrastructure.

I also have experience working in academic and public libraries in Halifax, NS, and Kitchener, ON.

I am a big fan of audiobooks, European cinema, cycling, bike packing, and Karate. Before starting my Ph.D. program, I obtained a diploma in Film Production. I plan to integrate my academic research with filmmaking skills to reflect on social issues impacting our societies.


Best books you recently read


  1. The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live and Die by Keith Payne
  2. The Naked Don't Fear the Water: An Underground Journey with Afghan Refugees by Matthieu Aikins


Best University Memory


I have always been involved in extracurricular activities during my undergraduate and graduate studies. One of my best memories was receiving two student leadership awards in 2014 from the University President and Alumnae Student Union President at Mount Saint Vincent University.


Get Involved


Participation in research partnerships allows greater understanding about the needs and challenges in the community, which results in developing services and support systems that serve the public more effectively and efficiently.


Find out how you can contribute to community learning and check below for research opportunities with our partners.

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