Prior to joining RegNet as a Research Fellow, Ashley completed her doctoral thesis in Population Health at the University of Ottawa on international trade and investment agreements and health, exploring the role of transnational corporations and international investment law.
This work was grounded in theories of neoliberalism, the new constitutionalism, and the transnational capitalist class, to identify the ideas, institutions, and interests contributing to trade and investment policy development.
Her work has investigated trade and investment agreements as macroeconomic policy drivers of noncommunicable diseases through pathways including diet, tobacco and alcohol use, access to medicines, and the broader social determinants of health.
Ashley has previously held the positions of student fellow in the Global Health Law Clinic at the University of Ottawa Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics, lecturer in the Faculty of Social Science at The University of Western Ontario, and policy analyst with the Canadian Office of International Affairs.
Ashley is currently working with Sharon Friel and the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity testing the feasibility of different methodologies to evaluate the impact of multi-sectoral public policies on the social determinants of health and health equity outcomes.
Global governance for health; public policy; social determinants of health and health equity; food systems; international trade and investment policy; international dispute resolution; policy evaluation measurement and methods; critical political theory