Jennifer Hyndman
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Jennifer Hyndman
Professor and Director, Centre for Refugee Studies

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Jennifer Hyndman is Professor in the Departments of Social Science and Geography, and is Director of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York.

Her research focuses on conflict asylum and related human displacement, humanitarian emergencies, well as refugee resettlement in Canada. Current research projects probe identity and politics in the Toronto Tamil diaspora after 2009; the conundrum of protracted displacement among Somali refugees in Kenya (with W. Giles); and refugee settlement among ‘new and few’ groups in British Columbia. For more information see

Research Interests
Hyndman’s research traverses political, economic, cultural and feminist dimensions of migration, focusing on people's mobility, displacement, and security. Her scholarship is particularly concerned with the dynamics of conflict and disaster that create refugees and internally displaced persons, as well as international humanitarian responses to such crises. Recent work examines the intersection of conflict with the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka and Aceh, Indonesia, as well as the geopolitics of international aid in these locations. Her work also includes geographies of refugee settlement, exclusion, containment, and the production of 'securitized' space both in the Global South and in North America.


Ph.D. Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, Nov. 1996.
M.A. Sociology, Lancaster University, Lancaster, U.K., December 1989.
B.A. Sociology & English, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. June 1988.

Professional Employment

Centre for Refugee Studies

July 2013 -
Toronto, Canada
York University
July 2009 ­—
Toronto, Canada
Associate Professor
Simon Fraser University
September 2002 — June 2009
Burnaby, Canada
Syracuse University
January 2007 ­— December 2008
Syracuse, USA
Adjunct Professor
Norwegian University of Science & Technology
August 2004 — October 2007
Trondheim, Norway
Acting Co-Director
Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Integration in the Metropolis
January 2004 — August 2004
Vancouver, Canada
Assistant Professor
Simon Fraser University
September 2000 — August 2002
Burnaby, Canada
Assistant Professor
Arizona State University
January 1997 — June 2000
Phoenix, USA
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow
York University (Canada)
September 1996 — August 1997
Toronto, Canada
Field Officer
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
March 1993 — June 1993
Bardera, Somalia
Relief Worker
CARE International
March 1992 — May 1992
Northern Kenya
York University