Sutama Ghosh (Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies) and John Shields (Professor, Politics and Public Administration) are Co-Applicants and Harald Bauder (Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies) is a Collaborator from Ryerson University on a successful SSHRC Partnership Grant entitled Migration and Resilience in Urban Canada: Discovering Strengths and Building Capacity (P.I.: Valerie Preston, Professor, Geography at York University).
The successful grant was awarded $2.5 million in SSHRC funding over five years plus an additional $1.2 million in partner contributions for a total of $3.7 million. As a university partner on this grant Ryerson’s Office of the Vice-President of Research and Innovation has committed $101,750 over the life of the project to be delivered through the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS).
The grant was officially announced by the Hon. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, Government of Canada on September 9, 2016.
The study is a comparative analysis of resilience among migrants settling in two of Canada’s major immigration gateways – Toronto and Montreal – as well as large and small municipalities in Ontario and Quebec, and central and suburban locations in Toronto. A prime goal of the project is to look at how to improve settlement outcomes and to enhance well-being in the face of economic, political, social and cultural challenges. But also, to pilot strategies that facilitate the efforts of social institutions to promote resilience. The research team will examine how social institutions influence resilience and boost migrants’ capacity to settle successfully in Canada.