A few days ago, I received an important question from a colleague: “Who do you work for?”
I first began this blog at a time when I was not working for anyone. At that time, I had no job and was traveling to Zambia using only my own money. But that period was an exception. During most of the time that I have been in Zambia, I have been a part of a university and have received a salary and/or funding to support this work.
The question of “who do you work for?” is important. It is possible that the work we do is influenced by the people who give the money. So I think that it is important to be transparent about this (even though I do not think that these people have very much control over my decisions).
I currently work for McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. At the university, I am a “postdoctoral fellow” or a “postdoc.” I am specifically affiliated with one part of the university, the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy.
The university does not pay me to do my work. These days (September 2019-April 2020), I am being paid by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (CRIR). In Montreal, more people speak French than English, so “the CRIR” is better known by its French name, that you can see on its logo.
In addition to my main job and main funder I am also involved with the Southern African Institute for Policy and Research (SAIPAR) in Lusaka and the Centre for Rehabilitation Studies (CRS) at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa. With SAIPAR and the CRS, they do not pay me; instead the people in these organizations provide me with valuable advice and encouragement.