Portrait Ashley McAllister

Ashley McAllister

Affiliated to research

About me

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Equity and Health Policy research group at the Department of Public Health Sciences at Karolinska Institutet. Originally from Canada, I received my PhD in Public Health from the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney in Australia where my work focused on comparing Australian and Ontarian approaches to disability income support and mental illness. Prior to beginning my PhD, I worked as an economist for the Ontario (Canada) and New South Wales (Australia) Governments examining the economic and social implications of reform policies. 

Research description

My research is located at the intersection of comparative public policy and inequalities in health. Areas of expertise include: comparative case study research, grounded theory, mental illness, policy design and social determinants of health. My comparative expertise is in the Australian and Canadian policies, however my postdoctoral research will extend this expertise to the European context, particularly Denmark, Sweden and the UK.

Research projects

My doctoral dissertation was entitled: "Australian and Ontarian approaches to disability income support design and mental illness: a comparative study." I used comparative case study research and grounded theory and developed a conceptual gatekeeping model that highlighted specific policy areas where more focus on mental illness is needed.

Currently, I am working on a trans-national project entitled THRIVE that aims to advances understanding of the differential impacts of health inequalities on the opportunity to work later in life and of strategies and policies extending working life that take these health inequalities into consideration. The project compares policies in Canada, Denmark, Sweden and the UK.


  • Ph.D in Public Health, The University of Sydney
  • Bachelor's of  Management and Organizational Studies ( specialization in Finance), the University of Western Ontario, Canada