Spotlight On: Public Sector Careers

July 3, 2020 by CIRHR Communications

Many of our PhD alumni have gone on to conduct research and craft policy in government and intergovernmental organizations. Here, we highlight Dr. Zsuzsanna Lonti (CIRHR PhD 2000), Dr. Steven Wald (CIRHR PhD 2004), Dr. Jonathan Eaton (CIRHR PhD 2005), and Dr. Viktoriya Zemlyanukhina (CIRHR PhD 2011). 

Zsuzsanna Lonti  

Graduated: 2000 
ThesisThe impact of work characteristics and technological change on the adoption of workplace practices in government workplaces 
Research areas: public management 
Now: Head of unit, Statistics and Indicators, OECD 

Dr. Zsuzsanna Lonti is the head of the statistics and indicators unit in the Budgeting and Public Expenditures Division in the OECD Governance Directorate, where she leads the publication of Government at a Glance.  

Lonti has also worked in various policy advisor and economist positions in the governments of Hungary and Ontario, and previously taught courses in HRM, compensation and labor policy at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. 

Selected publications 

  • Murtin, F., Lonti, Z., et al. (2018), "Trust and its determinants: Evidence from the Trustlab experiment", OECD Statistics Working Papers, No. 2018/02, OECD Publishing, Paris,  
  • Lau, E., Lonti, Z., & Schultz, R. (2017). Challenges in the measurement of public sector productivity in OECD countries. International Productivity Monitor, (32), 180-5C. Retrieved from 
  • Van Dooren, W., De Caluwe, C., & Lonti, Z. (2012). How to measure public administration performance. Public Performance & Management Review, 35(3), 489-508. doi:10.2753/PMR1530-9576350306 
  • Van Doren, W. & Lonti, Z. (2010). Contribution au débat sur la mesure de la performance de la gouvernance. Revue française d'administration publique, 135(3), 517-532. doi:10.3917/rfap.135.0517.  
  • Lonti, Z. and M. Woods (2008), "Towards Government at a Glance: Identification of Core Data and Issues related to Public Sector Efficiency", OECD Working Papers on Public Governance, No. 7, OECD Publishing. doi:10.1787/245570167540 
  • GREGORY, R. and LONTI, Z. (2008), CHASING SHADOWS? PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT OF POLICY ADVICE IN NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS. Public Administration, 86: 837-856. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9299.2008.00737.x  
  • Lonti, Z., & Gregory, R. (2007). Accountability or Countability? Performance Measurement in the New Zealand Public Service, 1992–2002. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 66(4), 468–484. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8500.2007.00557.x 
  • Curristine, T., Lonti, Z., & Joumard, I. (2007). Improving Public Sector Efficiency. OECD Journal on Budgeting, 7(1), 1–41. doi: 10.1787/budget-v7-art6-en 
  • Feinberg-Danieli, G., & Lonti, Z. (2006). The union and non-union wage differential in the New Zealand public service. Policy Quarterly, 2(2). doi: 10.26686/pq.v2i2.4194 
  • Lonti, Z. (2005). How much decentralization?: Managerial autonomy in the canadian public service. The American Review of Public Administration, 35(2), 122-136. doi:10.1177/0275074004272622 
  • Lonti, Z., & Rastin, S. (2004). Union and Management Views on Workplace Change in Canadian Government Workplaces. International Journal of Employment Studies, 12(2), 127–155. Retrieved from 
  • Walsh, P., Bryson, J., & Lonti, Z. (2002). `Jack be Nimble, Jill be Quick: HR Capability and Organizational Agility in the New Zealand Public and Private Sectors. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 40(2), 177–192. doi: 10.1177/1038411102040002337 

Lonti has also collaborated with Sara Slinn (CIRHR PhD 2003) and Professor Anil Verma, publishing articles about HRM in public sectors. 

  • Lonti, Z. & Verma, A. (2004). Canadian Public Management Developments. (P. Dibben, G. Wood & I. Roper) Contemporary Public Sector Management: Critical Perspectives, International Debates. Palgrave. 
  • Lonti, Z., & Verma, A. (2003). The determinants of flexibility and innovation in the government workplace: Recent evidence from canada. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 13(3), 283-309. doi:10.1093/jpart/mug025 
  • Lonti, Z., Slinn, S. & Verma, A. (2002). Can Government Workplaces be made World-class?: Policy Challenges for Public Service Reform. Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal. Lancaster House. 
  • Verma, A., & Lonti, Z. (2001). Changing Government Workplaces. CPRN Discussion Paper. Human Resources in Government Series. 
  • Lonti  Z., Verma A. (1999). “Industry Self-Management” as a Strategy for Restructuring Government: The Case of the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations (MCCR) and the Technical Standards and Safety Authority(TSSA) in Ontario. CPRN Discussion Paper. Human Resources in Government Series. 

Steven Jay Wald 

Graduated: 2004 
ThesisThe overqualification of Canadian workers 
Research areas: Canadian labour market 
NowSenior Analyst, Labour, Training and Skills Development, Government of Ontario 

Dr. Steven Wald works as the Senior Analyst at the Labour Market Information and Research Unit (Training, Colleges and Universities), Government of Ontario.  

Selected publications: 

  • Fearon, G., & Wald, S. (2011). The earnings gap between Black and White workers in Canada: Evidence from the 2006 census. relations industrielles/industrial relations, 66(3), 324-348. 
  • Wald, S. (2005). The impact of overqualification on job search. International Journal of Manpower, 26(2), 140–156. doi: 10.1108/01437720510597649 

Wald’s research has included collaborations with Tony Fang (CIRHR PhD 2004) and Professors Rafael Gomez (CIRHR PhD 2000) and Morley Gunderson: 

  • Gomez, R., & Wald, S. (2010). When public-sector salaries become public knowledge: Academic salaries and Ontarios Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act. Canadian Public Administration, 53(1), 107–126. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-7121.2010.00114.x 
  • Wald, S., & Fang, T. (2008). Overeducated Immigrants in the Canadian Labour Market: Evidence from the Workplace and Employee Survey. Canadian Public Policy, 34(4), 457–479. doi: 10.3138/cpp.34.4.457 
  • Gunderson, M., Sharpe, A., & Wald, S. (2000). Youth Unemployment in Canada, 1976-1998. Canadian Public Policy / Analyse De Politiques, 26. doi: 10.2307/3552504 

Jonathan Eaton  

Graduated: 2005 
ThesisUnion renewal in Canada : strategies, tactics, and public perceptions 
Research areas: labour relations 
Now: Senior Policy Advisor at Ontario Ministry of Labour 

Links: LinkedIn 

Dr. John Eaton is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Labour and is affiliated with the Yeates School of Graduate Studies at Ryerson University. 


  • Eaton, J. (2007). We Are Family: Labour Responds to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Workers. In HUNT G. & RAYSIDE D. (Eds.), Equity, Diversity & Canadian Labour (pp. 130-155). Toronto; Buffalo; London: University of Toronto Press. Retrieved from  
  • Eaton, J., & Verma, A. (2006). Does “fighting back” make a difference? the case of the Canadian auto workers union. Journal of Labor Research, 27(2), 187-212. doi:10.1007/s12122-006-1003-2 
  • Eaton, J. (2006). Union democracy and union renewal: The CAW public review board. Relations industrielles/Industrial Relations, 61(2), 201-222. 
  •  Eaton, J. (2004). Transitions at Work: Industrial Relations Responses to the Emerging Rights of Transgender Workers. Canadian Labour Employment Law Journal, 11, 113-142. 

Viktoriya Zemlyanukhina 

Graduated: 2011 
ThesisAspects of Linguistic Integration of Recent Immigrants to Canada: Determinants of English Language Proficiency, Role of English in Labour Market Integration Outcomes and Skills Utilization 
Now: Policy Development Officer, Shelter, Support & Housing Administration, City of Toronto 

Dr. Viktoriya Zemlyanukhina works as the Policy Development Officer at City of Toronto. Zemlyanukhina received her bachelor's degree in Applied Science before coming to the Centre to begin her MIRHR.