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Mobilizing Global Knowledge: Refugee Research in an Age of Displacement

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October 10, 2019

Open access e-book | Livre électronique en libre accès
Edited by Susan McGrath (York University) and Julie E.E. Young (University of Lethbridge)
October 10, 2019 (book launch) | Le 10 octobre 2019 (lancement de livre)


“In 2018, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees documented a record high 71.4 million displaced people around the world. As states struggle with the costs of providing protection to so many people and popular conceptions of refugees have become increasingly politicized and sensationalized, researchers have come together to form regional and global networks dedicated to working with displaced people to learn how to respond to their needs ethically, compassionately, and for the best interests of the global community.

Mobilizing Global Knowledge brings together academics and practitioners to reflect on a global collaborative refugee research network. Together, the members of this network have had a wide-ranging impact on research and policy, working to bridge silos, sectors, and regions. They have addressed power and politics in refugee research, engaged across tensions between the Global North and Global South, and worked deeply with questions of practice, methodology, and ethics in refugee research.

Bridging scholarship on network building for knowledge production and scholarship on research with and about refugees, Mobilizing Global Knowledge brings together a vibrant collection of topics and perspectives. It addresses ethical methods in research practice, the possibilities of social media for data collection and information dissemination, environmental displacement, transitional justice, and more. This is essential reading for anyone interested in how to create and share knowledge to the benefit of the millions of people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes.”

Table of Contents | Table des matières


Mobilizing Global Knowledge in Forced Migration Studies and Practice
Susan McGrath and Julie E.E. Young

Section 1: Power and Politics in Refugee Research 

Capacity, Complicity, and Subversion: Revisiting Collaborative Refugee Research in an Era of Containment
Loren B. Landau

Rethinking Displacement: Transitional Justice and Forced Migration Studies
Nergis Canefe

Asia Pacific Forced Migration Connection: Linking Activists and Academics
Susan Kneebone 

Transitions from Knowledge Networked to Knowledge Engaged: Ethical Tensions and Dilemmas from the Global to the Local
Wenona Giles and Don Dippo

Insecure Nation, Insecure Migrant: Echoes from India’s Northeast
Paula Banerjee and Ranabir Samaddar

Section 2: Emerging and Developing Research Approaches and Tools

Big Data and Early Warning of Displacement
Susan F. Martin and Lisa Singh

Building and Sustaining a Web Platform for Researchers, Teachers, Students, and Practitioners in the Field of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies
James C. Simeon

The Promise and Potential of the Demography of Refugee and Forced Migration
Ellen Percy Kraly and Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi 

Disseminating Knowledge in the Digital Age: The Case of the Refugee Research Network
William J. Payne and Michele Millard

Section 3: Knowledge Production and the Ethics of Network Formation

New, Emerging Emerged? Navigating Agency, Technology, and Organization in Developing the Emerging Scholars and Practitioners on Migration Issues (ESPMI) Network
Petra Molnar and Brittany Lauren Wheeler

What Constitutes Environmental Displacement? Challenges and Opportunities of Exploring Connections Across Thematically Diverse Areas
Pablo Bose and Elizabeth Lunstrum

Bittersweet Symphony: Challenges and Lessons Learned of Network Building in Latin America
Beatriz Eugenia Sánchez-Mojica

Partnering on Research Methodologies in Forced Migration: Challenges, Opportunities, and Lessons Learned
Christina Clark-Kazak


Reflections on Global Refugee Research Networking
Susan McGrath  

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Research at a Glance is designed to inform the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) community and other interested parties about recently published, policy-relevant research from government, academic and NGO sources. The views expressed in the documents described do not necessarily reflect those of IRCC.


Mobilizing Global Knowledge brings together academics and practitioners to reflect on a global collaborative refugee research network.