The uOttawa Refugee Hub, based at the Common Law Section, and the Faculty of Social Sciences are partnering with Professor James Milner of Carleton University on a $2.5 million partnership grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The project, titled Civil Society and the Global Refugee Regime: Understanding and Enhancing Impact through the Implementation of Global Refugee Policy, will explore how civil society can better respond to the needs of the world’s refugees.
Specifically, the project will study efforts to implement global refugee policy in diverse places, identify factors that impact implementation and identify how civil society can contribute to improved outcomes for refugees. The partnership will begin by exploring the cases of Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon and Tanzania.
The partnership will include an international group of scholars, NGOs from around the world, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The uOttawa Refugee Hub, created and led by Professor Jennifer Bond, will serve as the institutional home for the partnership’s thematic working group on Protection. That working group will be led by Professor Delphine Nakache of the Faculty of Social Sciences' School of International Development and Global Studies (SIDGS), who will also be the liaison between uOttawa and Carleton University. The Refugee Hub, meanwhile, will serve as the institutional home for the working group, providing both physical space and a virtual presence for the working group’s activities. Nathan Benson, Legal and Research Director of the Refugee Hub, will lead the Hub’s involvement with the partnership.
In addition to enhancing Canada’s capacity to engage with the global refugee regime, this project will also provide numerous quality training opportunities for uOttawa students, offering concrete ways for them to make a positive contribution to global human rights.
Partnership Grants, given out by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), provide long-term support for large-scale partnerships, helping to advance research, research training and knowledge mobilization through the sharing of intellectual leadership between postsecondary institutions.