Gurleen Tak

Gurleen Tak graduated in 2019 from York University with a bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies (Honours) with specializations in culture, gender and politics/governance/policy. Gurleen also comes from a background in engineering.

In 2018, Gurleen spent the year conducting research on honour killings in Pakistan, specifically analyzing the changes that came with the anti-honour killing bill that was passed in October 2016 which went on to be recognized by the United Nations. Also, during her studies, Gurleen worked for a federal government agency and completed an internship with a not-for-profit bail program, specifically focusing on human and border security.

While at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, she hopes to develop a better understanding on conflict and security and human security, specifically regarding international migration and borders and their intersection with human rights.

Academic / Professional Awards

  • Laurier Graduate Scholarship, 2019
  • Nirvan Bhavan Foundation Award, 2018
  • York University Undergraduate Bursary, 2017 and 2018
  • Mary Weaver, BA, LLB, QC Bursary, 2015
  • Bachelor or Arts (Specialized Honours), International Development Studies, Specialization in culture, gender, politics/governance/policies, York University, 2019
Conflict and Security
Migration, Mobilities, and Social Politics
Multilateral Institutions

Related Research Interests

See All Students
  • Ashleigh Kong

    Ashleigh is studying how policies interact with society on a domestic and international level using multi-dimensional approaches.

  • Picture of James W. St.G. Walker

    Dr. Walker specializes in the history of human rights and race relations with a focus on Canadian issues.

  • Isabella Sellar Voll

    Isabella Sellar Voll's research focus is on genocide and post-conflict contexts.

  • Laura Higgins

    As she approaches her studies, Laura seeks to blend her familiarity with agriculture into her understanding and analysis of the…