Research Team

Susan McGrath (Lead Researcher)


Professor, School of Social Work and former Director of the Centre for Refugee Studies, York University

Research interests: Community organizing, social development, critical social work practice, refugee re-settlement, social support processes for survivors of torture, war and genocide

Wenona Giles (Researcher)


Former Deputy Director of CRS and Professor in the School of Social Sciences at York University, current lead researcher on the BHER Project

Research interests: Gender, forced migration, globalization, nationalism and war

Mohammad Jalal Abbasi (Researcher)


Associate Professor, Department of Demography, University of Tehran; Australian National University

Research Interests: Afghan refugees, fertility statistics, reproductive health, population policy, population and education.

Sharryn Aiken (Researcher)


Associate Professor and Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University

Research interests: International refugee law, international human rights law, immigration law, and administrative law

Ibrahim Awad (Researcher)


(Español) Director, Centro de Estudio de Refugiados y Migración y professor de la Escuela de Asuntos Internacionales y políticas públicas (School of Global Affairs and Public Policy), American University in Cairo

Líneas de investigación: Economía política, empleo, migración laboral internacional,, derechos humanos y laborales, relaciones internacionales, organizacón internacional e integración regional.

Paula Banerjee (Researcher)


Head, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Calcutta

Research Interests: Conflict and peace in South Asia, gender and forced migration, women, borders, and democracy, autonomy.

Linda Bartolomei (Researcher)


Director, Centre for Refugee Research, and Lecturer / Subject Coordinator, School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales

Research interests: Refugee women and sexual violence, refugee women at risk, ethics of research with refugee communities, community development.

Michael Barutciski (Researcher)


Professor; Graduate Program Director at the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs; Associate Editor of Global Brief (World Affairs in the 21st Century); former editor-in-chief of the journal Refuge (2011-2012)

Research Interests: International law; Refugees; Immigration; Armed conflicts; Public law

Alexander Betts (Researcher)


Associate Professor, Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, University of Oxford

Research Interests: International politics of asylum and migration, migration and governance, sub-Saharan Africa

Rudhramoorthy Cheran (Researcher)

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Windsor; Research Fellow, International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES), Colombo

Research interests: Sri Lankan diasporas and their global engagement.

Nergis Canefe (Researcher)


(Español) Profesora Asociada de Ciencia Política de la Universidad de York y directora asociada del Centro de Estudios sobre Refugiados.

Líneas de investigación: Estudios críticos sobre derechos humanos y migración forzada

Chris Dolan (Researcher)


Director, Refugee Law Project, Makerere University

Research Interests: Forced migration and conflict, justice and forced migration issues, East Africa.

Donald Galloway (Researcher)


Professor of Law, University of Victoria
Research interests: Immigration Law, Refugee Law and Citizenship Law.

Jennifer Hyndman (Researcher)


Professor in the Departments of Social Science and Geography, and is Director, Research in the Centre for Refugee Studies at York.

Research interests: Geopolitics and securitization of forced migration from conflict zones and refugee camps to resettlement in North America. For more information see

Gerald Kernerman (Researcher)


Associate Professor of Political Science at York University

Research interests: Multiculturalism, Race and Racism, Critical Border, Migration, and Refugee Studies, Nationalism and Identity Politics, Social & Political Thought

Susan Kneebone (Researcher)


Professor, Faculty of Law, Monash University

Research Interests: Refugee law, human trafficking, forced migration, labour migration.

Loren Landau (Researcher)


Director, African Centre for Migration and Society; Associate Professor and IRD Chair for International Migration and Urban Governance in Africa, University of the Witwatersrand

Research Interests: Human mobility, development, sovereignty, urban refugees.

Elizabeth (Libby) Lunstrum (Researcher)


Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at York University.

Research interests: Environmental politics in conflict, post-conflict, and transnational spaces; Environmental displacement; Migration and mobility; Violence and spatial relations; Territory and state formation; Gender relations; Southern Africa

Susan Martin (Researcher)


Director, Institute for the Study of International Migration, and Donald G. Herzberg Chair in International Migration, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Research Interests: Migration in the context of humanitarian crises, urban refugees in Jordan, Syria and Egypt, climate change and migration, undocumented immigrant children, migration and governance.

James Milner (Researcher)


Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, Carleton University.

Research interests: Relationship between the prolonged presence of refugees in neighbouring countries and peace-building in their country of origin, especially in the context of Africa.

Delphine Nakache (Researcher)


Associate Professor in the School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa

Research interests: Public international law and migration and refugee law.

Galya Ruffer (Researcher)


Founding Director, Center for Forced Migration Studies, Buffet Center for International and Comparative Studies and Director, International Studies Program, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University

Research Interests: Refugee rights and protection, citizenship, human rights, rule of law and the process of international justice, testimony and sexual violence in the DR Congo.

Ranabir Samaddar (Researcher)


Director, Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group

Research Interests: Migration and refugee studies, peace studies, theory and practices of dialogue, nationalism and post-colonial statehood in South Asia, labour studies, technological restructuring, labour flows across borders.

James Simeon (Researcher)


Associate Professor and the Director of the School of Public Policy and Administration, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, and formerly the Acting Director and Deputy Director at the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), at York University.
Research interests: War crimes and refugee status and international protection standards

Roberto Vidal-López (Researcher)


Director and Professor, Group on Political & Legal Theory, Faculty of Law, Javeriana University
Research Interests: Migration and law, legal theory, legal history, international law, forced migration, internal displacement, Colombia.