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Student Opportunity: War, environmental damage/disasters, climate change, and forced migration Research Assistant

Student Opportunity: War, environmental damage/disasters, climate change, and forced migration Research Assistant


Published on July 22, 2021

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Job ID: 31383

Application Deadline: Thursday, August 19, 2021 @11:59pm

Eligibility Criteria:

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Hourly Wage: $16.25 per hour

Weekly Hours: 6.5 hours per week

Start Date: September 01, 2021

End Date: April 29, 2022

Job Description

Under the supervision of Dr. Saptarishi Bandopadhyay, the War, environmental damage/disasters, climate change, and forced migration RAY student will:

  • Contribute to the research project designed to study the relationship between war, environmental damage/disasters, climate change, and forced migration across two historical periods: 1850-1951, and 1951-present.
  • The research will draw on historical archives, legal and social sciences and humanities literature, as well as scientific literature on climate change.
  • Expected work products include: academic articles, AV presentations, public-facing essays, book reviews, grant applications, and a book proposal.

Specific research activities the student(s) will be engaged in:

  • Gathering data on international migration, humanitarian conflict, and climate change.
  • Compiling and cleaning quantitative and qualitative data in Excel, Word, and other software;
  • Creating and maintaining a structured and annotated bibliographic review of existing literature organizing resources, projects, and individuals;
  • Managing sources using reference management software.
  • Participate in literature reviews and participate in the writing and editing of manuscripts summarizing research.

Type of research experience the student(s) will receive:

  • Close reading, critical thinking, and structured analysis of complex problems
  • Conducting interdisciplinary literature reviews; Creating annotated bibliography; Tabulating data;
  • Preparing presentations and written outputs of research; Editing and formatting drafts;

Type of training and support that will be provided to the student(s) in carrying out these research activities:

  • Methodological training on data analysis as needed
  • Subject matter training on international law and refugee law
  • Regular status meetings with supervising full-time faculty


  •  Current undergraduate York student. Applicants from diverse programs of study are encouraged. The Dahdaleh Institute welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including, but not limited to women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities (racialized), Indigenous Peoples and persons of any gender identity and sexual orientation. York University is committed to a positive, supportive, and inclusive environment.
  • Demonstrated interest in research in history, geography, law, migration, and/or environmental studies,
  • Demonstrated skills, experience, and familiarity with conducting literature reviews.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of research methods (quantitative and/or qualitative and/or integrative).
  • Demonstrated excellent analytic skills for understanding, sorting, and categorizing complex information. Skills and resourcefulness in drawing mind-maps and tabulating information is an asset.
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational, note-taking, and time management skills.
  •  Demonstrated excellent communication skills: professional written and interactive correspondence, public speaking and presentation.
  • Demonstrated an eagerness to learn, support, and take on initiative.
  • Demonstrated excellent computer skills (word processing, email, database, spreadsheets, forms, and slides; facility with Office 365 Apps). WordPress editing skills are an asset. Social media communication skills are an asset.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including international and cross-cultural communication. Ability and willingness to work both independently and as part of a team with researchers, students, and staff.

List of applications materials:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Transcript


Global Health & Humanitarianism, Planetary Health



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