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Susan Ajibowu

M.A. Migration and Diaspora Studies

Degrees:M.A. Migration and Diaspora Studies; Honours Bachelors of Public Affairs and Policy Management, Specialization in Development Policy Studies (Carleton University)

Current Program (including year of entry):  MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies (2020)

Supervisor: Prof. Megan Gaucher (Link)

Academic interests: Climate-induced migration; Security studies; Canadian public policy; Social media; Development policy

Teaching Experience:  PAPM 1001 (Policy: Analysis, Implementation, and Evaluation), LAWS 2301 (Criminal Justice System)

Description of research:

Climate displacement is a complex and salient issue that will likely affect a significant amount of the world’s population. In the context of Canada, there is currently a lack of provisions in the immigration system for climate-displaced people, consistent with international law. Understanding barriers that could negatively affect the progressive expansion of legal rights and the migratory ability of climate-displaced people is imperative. The construction of climate migrants in security discourse will undoubtedly play an important role in Canada’s future policy dynamics and efforts.

For my thesis research I will be looking at the following research question: To what extent have climate migrants been securitized in online Canadian media and have these representations affected the understanding, activism, and policy discussions of Canadian organizations involved in advocacy work for such migrants?

To explore my research I will be looking at the social media sites Twitter and Reddit. In addition, I will be looking at representations of climate migrants in alternative/independent news sources. This thesis will employ theory triangulation, drawing from frame, representation, and securitization theory.