Sharryn Aiken

Sharryn Aiken

Job Title: 
Associate Professor

Ph.D. Candidate - Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto Graduate Diploma in Refugee and Migration StudiesMaster of Laws - Constitutional Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1999

Diploma - International and Comparative Law of Human Rights  International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, 1995 Master of Arts - Political Science, University of Toronto, 1987 Barrister-at-Law - Called to the Bar of Ontario, 1986 Bachelor of Laws - Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, 1984

Bachelor of Arts - Political Science, York University, 1981

Faculty of Law, Queen's University




Current Research Projects: 

SSHRC Strategic Knowledge Cluster Grant (2008 – 2015) $2.1 million – “A Canadian Refugee Research Network: Globalizing Knowledge” (co-applicant)

SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative (2008 – 2015) $2.5 Million – “The New Transparency: Surveillance and Social Sorting” (collaborator). For project description, see: (link is external)

SSHRC Standard Research Grant (2007 - 2010)
$145,140 – “Refugee Diasporas, “Homeland” Conflicts and the Impact of the Post-9/11 Security Paradigm” (principal investigator)

Completed Research Projects: 

Asia Pacific Foundation (2007)
$20,000 – “Diasporic Interventions in Development and Peace Building: Challenges and Opportunities - A Case Study of Canada/Sri Lanka” (principal investigator)

IDRC (Ottawa) – International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo (2007)
$10,000 – “The Impact of Post 9/11 Anti-Terrorism Measures on the Sri Lankan Diaspora in Canada”

Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security, York University (2006 - 2007)
$3,500 – “A Pilot Study on The Impact of the Post 9/11 Security Paradigm on Refugee Diasporas”

Department of Justice Canada, Family, Children & Youth Section (2006 - 2007)
$10,000 – “A Synthesis of the Literature on Family Law Information for Newcomers” (principal investigator)

SSHRC (2005 – 2006)
$25,000 Strategic Research Clusters Grant – Phase 2 “Refugee Integration and Protection” (co-investigator with interdisciplinary team from York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies, University of Alberta and University of Montréal)

Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA) UK/Comic Relief (2005 - 2006)
$22,000 – Project grant to conduct evaluation of the Refugee Law Project, Faculty of Law,
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

SSHRC (2004 – 2007)
$36,000 – Aid to Research and Transfer Journals Grant for Refuge, Canada’s Periodical on Refugees

SSHRC (2004 – 2005)
$30,000 – Strategic Research Clusters Design Grant: “A Critical Comparison of the Settlement
and Integration Experiences of Refugees and Immigrants in Canada” (co- applicant)

Berghof Research Center for Constructive Conflict Management, Berlin (2005)
$10,000 – Publication Grant for Refuge – Special Issue on “Multiple Homes and Parallel Civil Societies:
Transnationalism and Refugee Diasporas”

Law Commission of Canada (2004)
$15,000 – Research Award for a project on the Impact of Global International Informal Banking on
Canada: A Case Study of Tamil Transnational Money Transfer Networks (co-investigator)

11.05: immigration law
canadian refugee determination system
Canadian refugee law
national security
human rights
International Human Rights Law
security certificates
Geographical Locations: 
North America
Sri Lanka
Phone (work): 
(613) 533-6000 ext. 78007
Areas of Research Expertise: