James Milner, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, will receive $2.5 million from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), in addition to funds from other partners, for a total of $3,676,103 to fund research into refugee policy.
“Responding to the needs of refugees is a global challenge,” said Milner. “While Canadians have demonstrated their commitment to refugees through the resettlement of Syrian refugees, 86 per cent of the world’s refugees remain in the global south. Resettlement opportunities only exist for one per cent of these refugees. How can civil society better respond to the needs of refugees? How can new research and training contribute to better solutions?”
Milner’s project, “Civil Society and the Global Refugee Regime: Understanding and Enhancing Impact through the Implementation of Global Refugee Policy”, will address these questions in partnership with global NGOs and academics.
“We are very fortunate to have researchers such as Professor James Milner at Carleton,” said André Plourde, Dean, Faculty of Public Affairs. “It is great to see James and his team take the lead in global efforts to address refugee and migration issues. We are proud that this important research has been recognized by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council with this prestigious grant.”
The research team will study efforts to implement global refugee policy in diverse places, identify factors that impact implementation and identify how civil society can contribute to improved outcomes for refugees. The group will begin with the cases of Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon and Tanzania.
In the end, the project will train 96 graduate students over seven years to work with local academics, students, NGOs and refugees. To build research and practitioner capacity, the group will host annual summer institutes in Canada and affected countries, train refugees and NGO workers in citizen journalism, support fellowships at Carleton for six visiting fellows from the global south and implement professional development programs for NGOs.
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