Ito Peng, Director of the Centre for Global Social Policy, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) for her accomplishments in Global Social Policy and Care Economies. The honour recognizes Ito Peng as a world authority in global social policy specializing in East-West comparisons. Her groundbreaking research on gender, care and migration policies and the global care economy established her as an internationally acknowledged thought leader on issues of gender equality, care work, transnational care migration, and the multidimensional and interlocking dependencies between the Global North and South through the work of care and the migration of care workers.

“I am really excited, thrilled and, to be honest, a bit surprised to be elected to the RSC,” says Peng. “I am honoured and grateful for the recognition for my work on global social policy, care, care migration and the care economy — a sector that has been until recent years quite invisible even within social sciences.

“I am also grateful to many people – friends, colleagues, mentors and students – who have pushed me, and helped and supported me with my work and research. This fellowship has incentivized me to work even harder to make contributions to better care and social and gender equality in Canada and beyond.”

The Royal Society bestows this honour on Canadians “who have made remarkable contributions in the arts, the humanities and the sciences, as well as in Canadian public life.”