Find out more about James Milner’s current research project. The study, called “Civil Society and the Global Refugee Regime,” involves researchers at 10 partner universities spanning seven countries.

James Milner has modest goals for his latest study: ensure that everyone involved in the refugee resettlement process gets an equal voice in the research. About 85 percent of the world’s refugees are located in the global south while most refugee research is based out of institutions in the global north. Dr. Milner, a political science professor at Carleton University, set out to devise a study that bridges that gap.

“There’s such a long history of researchers from the global north parachuting in,” he said. His aim was to reverse that dynamic. “How do we build trust and how to we sustain that trust, and how do we actually deliver on what it is we’re committed to doing?’”

Rather than send researchers sweeping into a region to conduct their fieldwork and then leave the locals in the dark, Dr. Milner has assembled a team and secured $3.6 million in funding – including a $2.5-million partnership grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council – with the goal of changing that.

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