Dr. Heather Bastedo, Senior Associate, Opinion Research & Public Affairs
DART Insight and Communications

With a passion for civic engagement, Heather has more than ten years of hands-on experience in engagement and motivation research, as well as extensive expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research design and execution.

A former Skelton Clark Postdoctoral fellow at Queen’s University, Heather holds a PhD and MA in Political Science from the University of Toronto, where she earned her degree in political psychology and motivation, focusing on democratic engagement.

Working as Senior Vice President of Angus Reid Global, she honed her understanding of state-of-the-art panel research and engagement methods and has delivered strategic advice on numerous public affairs and market research projects. She now specializes in market segmentation, panel development, and brand management.

Heather is co-editor of Canadian Democracy from the Ground Up: Perceptions and Performance, a book that measures the health of Canadian democracy, and co-author of Representation at Home: Members of Parliament in their Constituencies (forthcoming). She has published work in the Canadian Journal of Political Science and the Journal of Youth Studies, among others.

Dr. Bastedo also serves as a founding director on the board of Canadian Association for Public Opinion Research.