Suzan Ilcan is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her research covers themes at the interface of global governance, humanitarian and development aid, and migration studies, including: humanitarian aid and refugees, citizenship rights and social justice, and the politics of poverty and development.
She is the author of Longing in Belonging: The Cultural Politics of Settlement (Praeger, 2002) and co-author of Governing the Poor: Exercises of Poverty Reduction, Practices of Global Aid (with Anita Lacey, MQUP, 2011) and Issues in Social Justice: Citizenship and Transnational Struggles (with Tanya Basok, OUP, 2013). She is editor of Mobilities, Knowledge, and Social Justice (MQUP, 2013).
Professor Ilcan's most recent SSHRC-funded project (2015-2019) is on "Humanitarian Aid, Citizenship Politics, and the Governance of Syrian Refugees in Turkey”. The project examines aid and emergency responses to forced migrant populations, with a focus on precarity, differential inclusion, and citizenship politics involving Syrian refugees in Turkey and other European countries. With project investigators, Feyzi Baban (Trent University) and Kim Rygiel (BSIA, Wilfrid Laurier University), she is co-authoring a book on this research.
Suzan Ilcan is co-editor of the journal Studies in Social Justice and serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Namibian Studies and the journal Globalizations, and a consulting editor of the Canadian Review of Sociology.
- .2017. "The Ambiguous Architecture of Precarity: Temporary Protection, Everyday Living, and Migrant Journeys of Syrian Refugees".International Journal of Migration and Borders.Forthcoming.
- .2017. "Playing Border Politics with Urban Syrian Refugees: Legal Ambiguities, Insecurities, and Humanitarian Assistance in Turkey".Movements: Journal für kritische Migrations- und Grenzregimeforschung.In Press.
- .2017. "Humanitarian Assistance, Refugee Management, and Self-Reliance Schemes: Nakivale Refugee Settlement".Transnational Social Policy – Social Support in a World on the Move. .152-177.London and New York: Routledge.
- .2017. "Syrian refugees in Turkey: Pathways to precarity, differential inclusion, and negotiated citizenship rights".Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.43 (1): 41-57.
- .2017. "The affective politics of the Sustainable Development Goals: Partnership, capacity-building, and big data".Globalizations.17 (2).
- .2017. "Leaving no one behind? The politics of destination in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals".Globalizations.17 (2).
- .2016. "Living with Insecurity” Food Security, Resilience, and the World Food Programme".Global Social Policy.Published Online (29 July, 1-18pp).
- .2016. "The Syrian Refugee Crisis: The EU-Turkey ‘Deal’ and Temporary Protection".Global Social Policy.16 (3): 315-320.
- .2015. "'Resiliency Humanitarianism': Responsibilizing Refugees through Humanitarian Emergency Governance in the Camp".International Political Sociology.9: 333-351.
- .2015. "Enacting the Millennium Development Goals: Political Technologies of Calculation and the Counter-calculation of Poverty in Namibia".Globalizations.Forthcoming.
- .2015. "Tourism for development and the new global aid regime".Global Social Policy.15(1):1 40-60.
- .2014. "Activist Citizenship and the Politics of Mobility in Osire Refugee Camp".Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies. .London: Routledge.
- .2014. "Governing Failure: Development, Aid, and Audit in Haiti".Conflict, Security and Development.14 (3): 309- 330.
- .2013. "Mobilities, Knowledge, and Social Justice". .Montreal and London: McGill-Queen's University Press 519 pages.
- .2013. "Paradoxes of Humanitarian Aid: Mobile Populations, Biopolitical Knowledge, and Acts of Social Justice in Osire Refugee Camp".Mobilities, Knowledge, and Social Justice.. .Montreal and London: McGill-Queen's University Press.
- .2013. "Issues in Social Justice: Citizenship, and Transnational Struggles".Toronto: Oxford University Press. 202 pages.
- .2012. "Postwar World Order, Displaced Persons, and Biopolitical Management".Globalizations.9(5): 623-636.
- .2011. "Governing the Poor: Exercises of Poverty Reduction, Practices of Global Aid".Montreal and London: McGill-Queen's University Press 336 pages.
- .2011. "United Nations and Early Postwar Development: Assembling World Order".Reading Sociology: Canadian Perspectives. .In L Tepperman and A Kalyta (Eds) Toronto: Oxford University Press.Toronto: Oxford University Press.
- .2010. "Developmentalities and Calculative Practices: The Millennium Development Goals".Antipode.42(4): 844-874.
- .2009. "Privatizing Responsibility: Public Sector Reform under Neoliberal Government.".Canadian Review of Sociology.46(3): 207-234.
- .2009. "Governing through Empowerment: Oxfam's Global Reform and Trade Campaigns".Globalization and the Global Politics of Justice. .113-132.London: Routledge.
- 2015-2019. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Grant Program. Project Title: "Humanitarian Aid, Citizenship Politics, and the Governance of Syrian Refugees in Turkey." With F. Baban and K. Rygiel. ($199,139).
- 2014 Outstanding Performance Award, University of Waterloo
- Canada Research Chair, 2007-2011
- Canada Research Chair, 2002-2006