Gemechu Adimassu Abeshu
Researcher, Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services
Gemechu Abeshu is a researcher with a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Bayreuth University of Germany, and M.A. in Governance and Development from Antwerp University of Belgium. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, his research interests broadly are refugee integration; internally displaced persons; emerging new forms of non-state powers; and conflict studies. Currently, he is a postdoc fellow at York University conducting research on the experiences of racialized blackness among Ethiopian refugees in Canada (partnering with Oromo Canadian Community Association of GTA). Dr Abeshu is also working as a researcher at Access Alliance on “Impact of Social Isolation on Refugee Children and Youth, their Resilience and Coping Mechanism” funded by CYRCC.
Regional interests: East Africa, Canada.
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen's University
Prof. Aiken's research focuses on migration law and policy in context. More specifically, much of her current scholarship engages with the controversies, complexities and challenges posed by immigration and border security measures as well as the impact of these measures on asylum seekers, refugees and the communities they have established in Canada. A parallel research interest concerns the theory and practice of citizenship in ethnically divided societies.
Associate Professor and Associate Director, Centre for Research on Security Practices; Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University
Prof. Akesson's research program examines the impact of extreme adversity on family wellbeing, with a specific focus on families affected by war.
Associate Professor, Department of Criminology. Cross-appointed to Lincoln Alexander School of Law, Ryerson University
Research areas: criminalization of migration; human rights of non-status migrants and asylum seekers in Canada; implementation by Canada of the United Nations Global Compact for Migration
Associate Professor, Department of Health and Society, University of Toronto Scarborough
Research interests: Canadian immigration medical inadmissibility; feminism; forced migration; Horn of Africa; institutional ethnography; medicine and the law; minoritization; social studies of HIV/AIDS; sociology of health and illness.
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Carleton University
Research interests: Neuroscience and social work; forced migration, resettlement and integration; historical trauma and trauma transference; refugee narratives and memory; attachment and Epigenetics; mental health and healing alternatives; Black feminist and structural theory; poverty, policy, geopolitics, and the impacts of racism, marginalization, social/economic exclusion on communities.
Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Vermont
Research interests: Refugee resettlement in non-traditional destinations, food and migration, environmental displacement, Kolkata and Globalization, technology, education and representation.
Bronwyn is a SSHRC-funded postdoctoral fellow whose work addresses how migrant and refugee families navigate life in Canada’s uneven urban landscapes, shaped by a housing affordability crisis, income polarity and diminished protections from a shrinking welfare state. Her dissertation research examined the placemaking strategies of refugee mothers living in a mini-enclave in a marginalized neighbourhood in Calgary, Alberta. Her current work examines the complex geographies of vulnerability that shape the experiences of migrant-refugee workers in Alberta’s meat processing industry. Bronwyn’s work has been published in the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies and Migration Studies.
Bronwyn is currently a co-investigator on the SSHRC funded project COVID-19 Among Meatpacking Workers: Documenting Migration Status and Employment Conditions in Southern Alberta.
Research interests: Legal status, citizenship, cities, gender and families, labour geographies, qualitative research methods
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, CERC Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration, Ryerson University
Research interests: Citizenship, Immigration and Refuge Policy, Multiculturalism, Political Narratives and Discourses, Migration, Political Economy, Canadian Politics, Political Parties, International Relations
Research interests: Tom Clark, now retired, was the national coordinator of the then “Inter-Church Committee for Refugees” in Canada. His interests include: addressing wars and conflicts producing refugees; UNHCR international protection policies; realizing human rights, domestic and international treaty, for refugees in domestic proceedings. He authored two books: Singh to Suresh: Non-Citizens, the Canadian Courts and Human Rights, 2006; and The Global Refugee Regime: Charity Management and Human Rights, 2008.
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa
Research interests: Gender Studies, Development Studies, Women’s Studies, International Studies, Feminist Theory, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Development, Qualitative methodology, Foreign Policy Analysis, Policy Analysis/Policy Studies, Youth Studies, Qualitative Methods, Political Behaviour, Political Participation, Quantitative Methods (Sociology), Children Geographies, Narrative Methodology, and Research Methodology
PhD, Geography, York University
Kathryn Tomko Dennler recently earned a PhD in Geography from York University and a diploma in Refugee and Migration Studies from the Centre for Refugee Studies. Her dissertation research examined the effects of living with precarious immigration status and uncertainty about future stay in Canada on the geographies of everyday life in Toronto. She has worked on refugee issues as an educator, researcher, and advocate in the U.S., Austria, U.K., Canada, and Greece. Research Interests: Temporalities of migration, changes in immigration status, and the deportation process for refused refugee claimants
Jasmin Lilian Diab
Jasmin is a Canadian-Lebanese researcher, writer, editor, reviewer, instructor and consultant in the areas of Forced Migration, Gender and Conflict. She is the Refugee Health Program Coordinator at the American University of Beirut’s Global Health Institute, as well as a Research Associate on the Political Economy of Health in Conflict under their Conflict Medicine Program. In other roles, she serves as the Institute’s Project Coordinator and Editor of its ‘South of Global Health’ Blog, and develops coursework and modules for its Humanitarian Leadership Diploma and Conflict Medicine Certificate. Jasmin additionally serves as the MENA Regional Focal Point on Migration of the United Nations General Assembly-mandated UN Major Group for Children and Youth, and as a Senior Consultant on Forced Migration and Gender at Cambridge Consulting Services.
She is a Founding Member of the ‘Migration and International Law in Africa, Middle East and Turkey International Network’, dedicated to the research of Migration through the Global South, an Adjunct Professor in Gender and Migration at the Fatima Al-Fihri Open University, and a Junior Fellow at the ‘War, Conflict and Global Migration’ Think Tank of the Global Research Network. Jasmin is completing a PhD in International Relations and Diplomacy with an emphasis on Asylum, Refugees and Security at the esteemed Centre d’Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques, INSEEC U. in France. Her dissertation is titled: ‘Migrant Rights and Migrant Wrongs: Bilateral Relations, Asylum and Security under the Safe Third Country Agreement,’ and explores the legitimacy of the Agreement as it stands within international legal frameworks.
Forced Migration, Displacement, International Migration and Refugee Law, Immigration and Asylum Policies, MENA Region, Border Management, Gender and Conflict Studies, Refugee Health, International and Bi-lateral Relations.
Assistant Professor, University of Cairo
Noheir Elgendy is an Urbanist and Assistant Professor of Urbanism and Architecture Criticism at Cairo University. Her research interests focus on urban policies pertaining to informal settlements, refugees, and urban minorities, and covers the urban implications of population displacement, forced migration and asylum. Her current research examines the second wave of the Syrian refugees and the (re) settlement and integration processes.
Community Scholar, Emerging Scholars and Practitioners On Migration Issues (ESPMI) Network
Claire is the coordinator of the Emerging Scholars and Practitioners on Migration Issues (ESPMI) Network, where she leads an international executive committee to support students and create new opportunities in the field of migration studies. Claire holds an MA in Immigration and Settlement Studies from Ryerson University and studies refugee policy, irregular migration, and human rights, with a particular focus on policy framing, refugee education, people smuggling, and discourse on migration. Previously Claire has worked for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada and interned at the Canadian Red Cross Disaster Management and First Contact programs. As an emerging scholar-practitioner she brings insight on working in different settings on migration issues, navigating early career opportunities and working with other emerging scholars to develop projects and new opportunities.
Hilary Evans Cameron
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Ryerson University
A former litigator, Hilary Evans Cameron represented refugee claimants for a decade and now holds a doctorate in refugee law from the University of Toronto.
A major focus of her work has been the process of judging a refugee claimant’s credibility. Her research brings insights from the social sciences, particularly cognitive psychology, to bear on this central aspect of refugee status decision-making. She has also explored other legal barriers that prevent people without status from accessing the courts and from winning their cases on judicial review. Her interest in clinical legal pedagogy arose from her experience teaching at the legal clinic of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, where she developed a method for involving law students in stopping deportations.
She is the author of Refugee Law’s Fact-finding Crisis: Truth, Risk, and the Wrong Mistake (Cambridge 2018) and has written in a number of journals including the International Journal of Refugee Law; Canadian Journal of Administrative Law and Practice; Journal of Law and Social Policy; Canadian Journal of Human Rights; Dalhousie Law Journal; UBC Law Review.
Before coming to Ryerson, Evans Cameron was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellow at Osgoode Hall Law School, as well as a lecturer at Trinity College in the University of Toronto in the Ethics, Society and Law program. She was the SSHRC’s 2017 Bora Laskin National Fellow in Human Rights Research.
Researcher and Consultant, Ed.D.
Geopolitical issues, foreign policy and strategic dimensions of security including energy security with focus on the Former Soviet States and India, multilateral organisations like SCO, BRIC, CSTO, NATO and EU.
Assistant Professor, Départment de géographie, Université Laval
Broadly, the role of institutional dynamics from the local to the international level in refugee and migration policies, with a particular focus on refugees’ labour market participation, refugee resettlement, and consequences of restrictive admission policies.
Community Scholar, LLM, Master of International Law
The relationship journalism and freedom of the press has with: international criminal law; the role and function of international organizations and tribunals operating in this area; theoretical and practical aspects of international instruments and tools for the prevention and punishment of international and transnational crimes such as war crimes, crimes against humanity, organized crime, and human trafficking.
Lecturer, School of Politics and International Studies, Queen’s University Belfast
I am interested in the politics of migration and border security, and particularly in the shifting international refugee regime and the politics of irregularity and irregular migration. I study how different kinds of geopolitical spaces, particularly at borders, impact and shape the political agency of migrants – and how these impacts are challenged and resisted from the ‘ground level.’ I am interested in the politics of citizenship, nationalism and security, but with a specific focus on those “outside” of our traditional political categories. In pursuit of this, I conduct field research in refugee camps, detention centres and border areas in Tanzania, Spain, Morocco and Australia. I look at how the voices and narratives of migrants can shape and change our understandings and imaginings of central political concepts such as conflict, belonging, identity, and citizenship. My current project examines the journeys and routes of migration to and from global border sites.
Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor, Cape Breton University
Kevin McKague is a Canada Research Chair in Social Enterprise and Inclusive Markets and Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at Cape Breton University. His research interests focus on the role of sustainable local enterprise and self-reliant income generating opportunities in supporting the social and economic wellbeing of refugees and migrants. Kevin is currently leading a $1.5M IDRC-funded research project on social enterprise business models for community health workers in South Sudan www.SouthSudanHealth.com. Kevin has previously led major research initiatives for the World Bank, UNDP, IDRC and CARE.
Lawyer and Researcher, and Refugee Law Lab Associate Director
Petra Molnar is a lawyer and researcher specializing in technology, migration, and human rights. She is currently working with EDRi, Homo Digitalis, and other partner organizations on a project looking at the impacts of migration control technologies on the lives of people on the move, funded by the Mozilla and Ford Foundations. Petra also works on issues around immigration detention, health and human rights, gender-based violence, and the politics of refugee, immigration, and international law. Her work has appeared in numerous academic publications and the popular press, including the New York Times. Petra is also the co-author of “Bots at the Gate,” an internationally recognized report on the human rights impacts of automated decision-making in immigration and refugee systems. She holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology from York University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Toronto, and an LL.M in International Law from the University of Cambridge.
Assistant Professor, Royal Military College Saint-Jean National Defence, Government of Canada
Research interests: International Law and diplomacy, International Relations
Research interests: Refugee Subjectivity & Identification, Refugee Health & Development, Refugee Youth/ Adolescents. Sofia has recently defended her dissertation, entitled “Living within Hyphenated Paradoxes – The Canadian Adolescent Refugee Experience.”
Professor, Department of Political Science, McMaster University
Research interests: Investigating how the claims made by politicized groups of non-status people are transforming established norms about citizenship and political community. Social movements of non-status refugees and migrants. In particular their campaigns against deportation and detention and for regularization and global mobility rights.
Kayode Oladapo Opasina
Senior Research Consultant
- Comparative Politics; International Relations; Governance; & Socio-economic Issues;
- State-building and Peacebuilding in Fragile and Post-Conflict Societies; Elections;
- African Affairs; Indigenous (Traditional) Institutions; Security and Organized Crime;
- Peace and Conflict Studies; Gender Studies; Children and Youth’s Development;
- Migration & Humanitarian issues relating to Refugees & Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs);
- Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
Postdoctoral Researcher, Children, Childhood and Youth Program, York University
Tiffany’s postdoctoral project examines how the (re)embodiment of musical heritages by children and youth who have undergone forced displacement is a way through which they maintain connections to their communities of origin and generate feelings of belonging in new contexts.
Research Interests: music, dance and migration; child and youth musical cultures; transnational mobilities, forced displacement of children and youth, music as a tool of community-building, belonging and resistance; transnational gender and sexuality studies.
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Mount Allison University
Research interests: Lived experiences of migrant racialized populations in Canada: immigration, forced migration, refugees, racialization, youth criminalization, citizenship and identity, globalization and transnationalism.
Niloufar has worked for the UN, largely UNICEF, for 34 years in various capacities in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, the Eastern Caribbean, Indonesia and India. She has a PhD in Sociology, Gender and Ethnic Studies, from the University of Greenwich in the UK with a focus on the agency of educated Afghan refugee women in Pakistan. She has published a number of academic articles and lead many UNICEF research initiatives, programme planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation exercises, as well as worked closely with governments, academia, civil society, think tanks, other UN agencies and the media to advocate for laws, policies, programmes and budgets supportive of children and women’s rights. Niloufar has also held various senior management positions with UNICEF, which provided her with the platform to be a strong advocate on various human rights and social justice issues. Niloufar is originally from Iran and immigrated to Canada in the year 2000 with her family.
Assistant Professor, Human Rights, St. Paul’s University College, at the University of Waterloo
Research interests: International refugee and human rights law and policy, protracted refugee situations, access to justice and legal empowerment, human capabilities approach, human dignity, migration governance, and Canadian refugee protection law and policy.
Project Manager, National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases, University of Manitoba
Mr. S.M. Zeeshan Qadar is a Project Manager with the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases, University of Manitoba. In this capacity, he is managing various projects especially focusing on vulnerable populations such as internally displaced persons and refugees. Mr. Zeeshan Qadar has developed various knowledge translation products tailoring to needs of public health professionals in Canada. This include webinars, podcasts, case study, evidence report and others on public health.
Previously, Mr. Qadar has worked as a Researcher on Systematic Reviews with George and Fee Yay Centre for Health Care Innovation. In addition, he has a decade of experience in public health and evidence base medicine. He has worked in various capacities at Centre for Rural Health & Social Services Development, Carbondale, USA and Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Brandeis University, Waltham, USA. Mr. Qadar holds a Bachelors of Pharmacy and a Master of Science in International Health Policy and Management degrees (Brandeis University).
Vice Provost and Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Queen’s University
Research interests: Aid effectiveness, Southern donors, good governance, civil society, migration and development, micro-finance, trans-border social movements for peace, human security, and human development
Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto Scarborough
Diane Riskedahl is a linguistic anthropologist who works on the intersection of language and identity. She is currently pursing an ethnographic project that focuses on issues of cross-cultural communication faced by Syrian newcomers in Ontario and their sponsorship group members. Her previous work has focused on political discourse in Lebanon analyzing both state and civil society rhetoric in the context of political advertising and protest movements, with attention to political uses of historical memory, kinship metaphors and interactions of orality and literacy.
Lecturer, Department of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London
Research interests: The politics of global development and violence, everyday violence in post-conflict settings, black and indigenous feminisms, gender (in)security and development, race, racism and development, youth and migration, humanitarian intervention and post-conflict reconstruction, sexual and gender based violence, emotion and war, feminist and postcolonial theory and pedagogy, postcolonial conversations on resistance and development. Regional interests: Central Asia, West and East Africa.
Director of Programmes and Knowledge, Martin James Foundation
My research interests are in the area of child welfare and child protection. These interests stem from my experiences working as a social worker in local authority family placement teams. I have a particular interest in the ways that children and young people in public care, are looked after by the state.
I have recently undertaken a participatory research project with a group of unaccompanied asylum seeking young people living in foster care in the UK. This research drew on the sociology of childhood, to capture the lived experiences of refugee children and young people. I am also currently developing research proposals in order to explore European policy and practice responses, to the care of unaccompanied refugee children and young people.
Director, Institute of Sociology, University of Education, Freiburg
Dr. Albert Scherr is head of the Institute of Sociology at the University of Education in Freiburg (Germany), member of the German Council for Migration and editorial board member of the German Journal of Forced Migration and Refugee Studies. In his research he has dealt with theoretical foundations of a sociology of flight as well as conducted qualitative empirical studies on the situation of refugees with a precarious residential status and unaccompanied minor refugees. He has expertise in critical social theories as well as qualitative social research, and is involved in the discussion about the possibilities and limits of social work and civic engagement. He has published widely on the sociology of migration and flight, both in books, in peer-reviewed journals as well as in journals practitioners in social work and for those engaged in social movements.
Professor, International Development Program and School of Advancement, Humanities and Social Sciences, Centennial College
Shehada completed her PhD as a Fulbright scholar in Public Affairs and Administration with a focus on international development and her master’s degree in Human Rights. She taught at Binghamton University, Rutgers University, and Humber College. Currently she teaches at Centennial College. Her research interests include: human rights approach to development, women in conflict zones, and the academic and economic integration of refugees in Canada.
Associate Director, ISSofBC
Kathy Sherrell has worked at ISSofBC in settlement services for nine years. She takes a lead role in program development and evaluation, contract negotiations and oversight, and quality assurance and standardization. Involvement in special projects such as the Refugee Readiness Hub and the GAR Refugee Trauma Pilot allows Kathy to share her passion for refugees with others, promoting policy change and greater understanding of refugee issues.
Kathy holds a PhD in Geography from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Arts Degree from Simon Fraser University with an emphasis on refugee resettlement in Canada, including regionalization, legal status, housing, and settlement experiences. Kathy continues to be actively engaged in research with refugees. At present Kathy is a co-investigator on two pan-Canadian, multi-year refugee research projects, as well as a lead on numerous internal research projects.
Richa is a researcher with a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore and a dual Masters in Public Affairs and Political Science from Indiana University. Her research interests include the different facets of the migration-development nexus including labour migration, remittance, forced migration, gender, diaspora and migration governance.
Lecturer, Trinity College in the University of Toronto
Dr. Silverman researches migrant detention, bail programs, and abolitionism from a community-based, sociolegal and ethical perspective. She also has interests in Canadian and international legal and policy frameworks concerning sanctuary jurisdictions, child migrants, citizenship allocations, and preventive incarceration regimes.
Associate Director, Department of Political Science, University of Winnipeg
Ray Silvius is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Winnipeg. His research interests include Global Political Economy, non-Western political economies, community-based research, and the Political Economy of refugees, home, and migration. He is conducting Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded research through the Manitoba Research Alliance into the housing situations of refugees that have resettled in Winnipeg. He is lead in the Migration in Remote and Rural Areas network within the Rural Policy Learning Commons, a 7 year, SSHRC-funded Partnership Grant.
Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Management, Universidade Aberta (Lisboa)
Research interests: Refugee policies and integration policies in Portugal, forced migration in colonial and post-colonial contexts in Portuguese speaking countries, forced migration and nation building in Southeast Asia and particularly Timor Leste.
Dina Taha recently competed her PhD in the Department of Sociology at York University. Her research interests include Critical Forced Migration and Refugee discourses, Postcolonial Feminism, Gender in the Middle East, Victimhood and victimization, Refugee agency and survival strategies. Her dissertation explores Female Syrian Refugees survival mechanisms in Egypt. Dina is currently the LA&PS Knowledge Mobilization Specialist at York University.
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Université Laval
Research interests: A theoretical focus on migration management, human rights adjudication, front-line workers, and discretion with a regional focus on North America. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, her research interests are at the intersection of public administration, political science, and migration studies– making connections between different disciplines with the aim of producing research that is both theoretically engaged and policy relevant. Her scholarship takes law as a social force, among others, that shape and constrain migration decision-making.
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Université de Montréal
Luna Vives is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Université de Montréal. A political geographer by training, she is interested in the use of public policy to discriminate against marginalized populations, and in particular against racialized groups. Much of her research has focused on the development of the European Union’s southern border. More specifically, she has analyzed the geopolitical and gender implications of the border implemented to stop migration from Western Africa to Spain, the impact of restrictive immigration policies on the parenting strategies of migrant mothers, and the role of migrants and smugglers in shaping EU border policy. Currently, Luna is developing a more comprehensive analysis of the Mediterranean border that compares management measures along the western, central, and eastern migration routes. This will be the foundation for a future project on the impact these measures have had, and continue to have, on the migration of unaccompanied migrant children.
Luna is member of the editorial board at ACME: an international journal for critical geographies. Her work has been published in Political Geography, The European Journal of Urban and Regional Studies, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and Migration Studies. She is also the co-founder of the Migration Research Collective / Collectif de recherche sur les migrations.
Associate Professor, Human Rights Human Diversity Program, Wilfrid Laurier University
Stacey’s research broadly focuses on Immigration and multiculturalism. She is especially interested in the experiences of refugee youth in schools and smaller communities, the experiences of asylum seekers in Canada and Mexico, and the development of intercultural competence in university students. Her ongoing research includes a qualitative study of the challenges and opportunities faced by African refugee youth when attempting to access postsecondary education in six Canadian provinces, and a study of Central American asylum seekers waiting in temporary shelters in Mexico. Recent publications include a textbook published by Oxford University Press called Immigrant Youth in Canada: Theoretical Approaches, Practical Issues, and Professional Perspectives. She has published in several peer reviewed journals including: Race, Ethnicity and Education, Journal of International Migration and Integration, and Canadian Ethnic Studies and is a regular contributor of opinion pieces and short articles to newspapers. Stacey is fluent in English and Spanish. In 2018 she was awarded the Donald F. Morgenson Award for Teaching Excellence in Internationalization.
Expertise: Refugee youth, transition to postsecondary education of immigrant and refugee youth, asylum seekers, Mexico’s refugee determination process, arts-based inquiry, strengthening intercultural competence in university students.
Julie E. E. Young
Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Critical Border Studies, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Lethbridge
Dr. Julie E. E. Young is Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Critical Border Studies and Assistant Professor in Geography at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. She holds a doctorate in Geography and a Graduate Diploma in Refugee and Migration Studies from York University. Her research program aims to better understand North America’s borders in the context of broader global processes as well as what local practices tell us about where, how, and for whom borders work. Her research interests are broadly in the areas of political geography, critical border studies, refugee and migration policies and practices, and North and Central America. Julie’s work has been published in ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, Environment & Planning D: Society and Space, International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, and Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees.
Adjunct Associate Professor, Addis Ababa University
Dr. Zeleke was trained in Social Anthropology at the University of Bayreuth in Germany. Her research focuses on Gender and Migration. Her ongoing senior postdoctoral research focuses on understanding the lived experiences of Ethiopian female transit migrants. Her researches focus on labor migration, refugee and migrants’ rights; return migration and women’s employment and empowerment.