Dr. 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 work explores the policies and practices devised to govern migration and shape the lives of migrants and refugees. Her current research examines migration policies, bordering practices, and humanitarian aid in the context of the displacement, precarity, and mobility of refugees.
She is the author of Longing in Belonging: The Cultural Politics of Settlement (Praeger) and co-author of Governing the Poor: Exercises of Poverty Reduction, Practices of Global Aid (with A. Lacey, McGill-Queen’s UP) and Issues in Social Justice: Citizenship and Transnational Struggles (with T. Basok, Oxford UP). She is editor of Mobilities, Knowledge, and Social Justice (MQUP). She has published in book collections and in journals including Antipode, Citizenship Studies, Current Anthropology, Current Sociology, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Globalizations, Global Social Policy, International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, and International Political Sociology.
Suzan Ilcan is working on two research projects funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada:
The first project (2015-2019),“Humanitarian Aid, Citizenship Politics, and the Governance of Syrian Refugees in Turkey,” examines aid and emergency responses to forced migrant populations. It focuses on precarity of status, space, and mobility, and claiming space and the right to belong through a variety of community initiatives, involving Syrian refugees in Turkey. She is co-authoring a book with Feyzi Baban (Trent University) and Kim Rygiel (BSIA, Wilfrid Laurier University) on this research.
The second project (2016-2019) examines the displacement and journeys of Syrians during the current Syrian war, and the migration policies and practices shaping their mobility and living conditions in nearby host states, such as Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.
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 Canadian Review of Sociology.
Dr. Ilcan teaches courses and supervises students conducting research on migration and working in the areas of humanitarianism, borders and social policy, and international governance.
- Director of the MA in Global Governance Program • Professor, Sociology and Legal Studies
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- PhD, Carleton University
- MA, Dalhousie University
- BA, St. Mary’s University