Collaborators - Canadian Universities
Howard Adelman is the founding director of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University and is currently a Research Professor at the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. He has published or edited 21 books and well over 100 academic articles in refereed journals or as chapters in books. In the area of forced migration, his current work focuses on refugee protection and the rights of return. He also writes on genocide and on the ethics of intervention.
Ranu Basu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at York University. Her research and teaching interests relate to the geographies of marginality, diversity and social justice in cities; power relations and governance of local communities; critical geographies of education; and spatial methodologies. Her current projects explore the impacts of educational restructuring in Ontario; multiculturalism in schools; social sustainability and public space in three Canadian Cities; and the provision of infrastructure for marginal groups in York Region.
Catherine Dauvergne is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Migration Law at the University of British Columbia. She was previously a member of the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney. In 1995, she clerked for Chief Justice Antonio Lamer. At UBC, Prof. Dauvergne teaches Immigration and Refugee Law as well as legal theory courses. She was a member of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Early Career Researcher Associate Professor Cohort 2003-04.
Don Dippo is the Associate Dean of Education and a former elementary school teacher. His Ph.D. is in the Sociology of Education with specialization in the sociology of knowledge. He is the Education coordinator of the Graduate Diploma in Environmental/Sustainability Education offered by the Faculties of Education and Environmental Studies. He serves on the Executive Committees of the CITY Institute and the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University.
Martha Kumsa is an associate professor at the Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a former refugee who came to Canada under the Woman-at-Risk program. More than a woman-at-risk, however, she has also been involved in the production of knowledge in refugee studies. She has reflected on refugee experiences and critically engaged the various perspectives attempting to explain these experiences.
Audrey Macklin is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. From 1994-96, she served as a member of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board, where she adjudicated refugee claims. Her areas of teaching and scholarship include migration and citizenship, criminal law, law and culture, human rights and feminist legal theory. She has published extensively in legal and interdisciplinary publications.
Peter Nyers is Assistant Professor of the Politics of Citizenship and Intercultural Relations in the Department of Political Science at McMaster University. His research analyzes global refugee politics for their implications for sovereignty, citizenship, and human agency. His publications include Rethinking Refugees: Beyond States of Emergency (Routledge 2006) and Citizenship Between Past and Future (Routledge 2008; co-editors: Engin Isin and Bryan Turner) as well as book chapters and journal articles in Citizenship Studies, Economy & Society, International Political Sociology, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, Refuge, and Third World Quarterly. Dr. Nyers is the Associate Editor of the journal Citizenship Studies.
Obiora Okafor joined Osgoode Hall Law School after holding faculty positions at the University of Nigeria and Carleton University. He has served as an SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School's Human Rights Program and was recently named a Canada-US Fulbright Scholar at MIT. He is currently working on a SSHRC-funded study relating to human rights activism in Nigeria, as well as on a project examining the comparative character of refugee rights in the Canada and the USA post 9/11. He has served as an expert panellist for the United Nations Working Group on People of African Descent, and as a human rights consultant for the British Department for International Development. Professor Okafor has published extensively in the fields of international human rights law and refugee law, as well as general public international law.
Peter Penz is Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Environmental Studies and is continuing teaching and research. His current courses are Global Environmental Politics, Global Justice, and Humanitarian Crises. He is completing a book on the ethics of displacement by development. One of his future research interests is the likelihood of humanitarian crises due to climate change. He was Director of York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies 1999-2004.
Peter Showler teaches Immigration and Refugee Law and Advanced Refugee Law at the University of Ottawa. He is also Director of the Refugee Forum located at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the university. Mr. Showler is a former Chairperson of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. He has spoken and written extensively on various aspects of Refugee Law. He is also the author of Refugee Sandwich: Stories of Exile and Asylum.
James C. Simeon is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, York University and a Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) Scholar, at York University, Toronto, Canada. Immediately before joining the faculty at York University, he served as the first Executive Director of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges (IARLJ) and from 1994 to 2005, he served on the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB).