Wenona Giles
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My early research concerned the labour migration of Portuguese temporary workers to the UK, as well as their immigration to Canada.  I was interested in the impact of migration and immigration policies on household gender relations; livelihoods, remittances and nationalism.   Still in pursuit of some questions related to this early research, I am currently completing When Care Work Goes Global: Locating the Social Relations of Domestic Work (Ashgate, 2014), a co-edited volume with Professors Valerie Preston and Mary Romero.

 

 

My interest in nationalism and gender relations linked to a increasing concern with forced migration led to the development of the Women in Conflict Zones Network (WICZNET) which I co-founded  at York University with Professor Maja Korac (University of East London) in the early 1990s.  One of a number of WICZNET outcomes was a book that Professor Jennifer Hyndman and I published called Sites of Violence: Gender and Conflict Zones (University of California Press, 2004).

Gathering food hand-outs in the Dadaab Camps

While working on the gender relations of war, I began to question why so many people, especially in the global South are experiencing decades of long term exile.  Research on this topic with Professor Jennifer Hyndman is leading to a book that takes a critical perspective on long-term displacement (University of Toronto Press 2014/15).  With support from the Canadian International Development Association (CIDA) and York University, we have also established the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) project in the Dadaab refugee camps in north-eastern Kenya. It begins in August 2013 and brings on-line and on-site university degrees, diplomas and certificates to students in the Dadaab refugee camps: http://crs.yorku.ca/bher . This project is leading me to an exploration of research questions

such as why those located in marginalized and precarious situations are usually allowed limited access to knowledge and why current forms of humanitarianism so often contribute to this predicament.

Research Funding

2013-18         Co-Lead with Don Dippo:  “Building primary/secondary teaching capabilities in the Dadaab refugee camps and locally in Dadaab, Kenya by increasing access to higher education”. $4.5M funding for 5 year project. Canadian International Development Agency. Contract Signed February 7, 2013.

2011              Principal Investigator, MasterCard Foundation Grant. “Reaching Higher: the Provision of Higher Education for Long-Term Refugees in the Dadaab Camps, Kenya.  CAN$ 249,642. Date of Award: July 12, 2011.

2011              Principal Investigator. SSHRC-Partnership Development Grant. "The Provision of Higher Education for Long-Term Refugees in the Dadaab Camps, Kenya". 2011-13. CAN$ 200,000.Date of Award, April 1, 2011.

2011                  Principal Investigator. York University Academic Initiative Fund. Intercultural learning through virtual and on-site exchanges between York University students, refugee students on the Thai Burma border and displaced migrant students in Ranong, Thailand. CAN$ 60,576.

2010               Principal Investigator. Workshop on Borderless Education: The Provision of Tertiary Degree Programs to Long-term Refugees; April 9-11, 2010, York University. SSHRC Workshop Grant: CAN$ 21,440; IDRC grant: CAN$ 8,050; UNHCR grant: US$ 5,000; LAPS Ad Hoc Grant: CAN$ 500; LAPS Dean’s Office: CAN$ 500.

2008-2014       Senior Co-investigator. SSHRC Cluster Grant: A Canadian Refugee Research Network: Globalizing Knowledge. CAN$ 2.1million

2008                Principal Investigator.  SSHRC Conference Grant for June 15-18, 2008.  Conference: “Refugees and the Insecure Nation: Managing Forced Migration in Canada”. CAN$20,000

2007                Principal investigator. Open Society Institute (Budapest) for Women in Conflict Zones Conference: Revisioning and Reimagining the Future. May 15th – 18th. Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik, Croatia. CAN$ 21,844

2007                Principal Investigator. Research Study:  Disarmament, demobilization and reintegration , women and transitional justice. Grant Awarded by: International Centre for Transitional Justice.  Grant Amount: US$ 2,000

2005-08           Principal Investigator. SSHRC Standard Grant for project: The Globalization of Homelessness in Long-Term Refugee Camps.  CAN $163,327

2000                Publishing subsidy. Aid to Scholarly Publications Committee, Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada for manuscript: Immigration and Nationalism: Two Generations of Portuguese Women in Toronto. Paid to University of Toronto Press. CAN$7,000

2000                Principal investigator. Ford Foundation, New York for follow-up funding for  A Comparative Study of the Issues Faced by Women as a Result of Armed Conflict: Sri Lanka and the Post-Yugoslav States:  CAN $56,000   

1998-99           Principal investigator. Ford Foundation, New York for A Comparative Study of the Issues Faced by Women as a Result of Armed Conflict: Sri Lanka and the Post-Yugoslav States CAN $236,677                     

1998-99           Principal investigator. Open Society Institute (Budapest) for A Comparative Study of the Issues Faced by Women as a Result of Armed Conflict: Sri Lanka and the Post-Yugoslav States CAN $64,000

1996-99           Principal investigator. SSHRC Women and Change Strategic Grant for an International Network Concerning Women in Conflict Zones. CAN $73,000

1993                Co-investigator. Swedish International Development Agency Grant for Conference: Refugee Women and Gender Issues: Development Implications CAN$70,236 

            

1991-92           Principal investigator. SSHRC Women and Work Strategic Grant: Immigrant Women in the Informal Economy in Toronto. CAN $8,000

1989-91           Principal investigator.  Social Science Research Council Post Doctoral Fellowship (University of Montreal) - for Research Project entitled: Portuguese Women in Toronto: Expressions of Socio-Political Involvement. CAN$50,520

1990-91            Principal investigator. Secretary of State Research Grant. Research Project entitled: Portuguese Women in Toronto: Expressions of Socio-Political Involvement. CAN $17,270

 

1989-91            Co-investigator with Valerie Preston (P.I.). Secretary of State - Canadian Ethnic Studies funded research project entitled: Ethnicity, Gender and Urban Labour Markets in Canada. CAN$24,335

 

 
   
   
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