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 concentrates on the policies and practices devised to govern migration and shape the lives and mobilisations of migrants, with extensive field research conducted in Turkey, Canada, and Namibia. Her current research projects examine migration policies, bordering practices, and humanitarian aid in the context of the displacement, precarity, and resettlement 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, 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 community-building efforts involving Syrian refugees in Turkey. Based on this research, she has written a book manuscript with Kim Rygiel (BSIA, Wilfrid Laurier University) and Feyzi Baban (Trent University), which is currently under review with McGill-Queen’s University Press.
The second project (2016-2019) examines the displacement and journeys of Syrians during the current Syrian war, the migration policies and practices shaping their mobility and temporary living conditions in nearby host states, such as Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey, and their resettlement in Canada.
She recently received a new grant from the British Academy (2019-2021) entitled “Lost and found?: A digital archive of testimonies of migration, displacement, and resettlement.” As CI, Suzan is working on this project with Dr. Yasmine Shamma (PI, University of Reading) and Dr. Vicki Squire (CI, Warwick University).
Suzan Ilcan is co-editor of the journal Studies in Social Justice and serves as an editorial board member of Globalizations. She also serves as a board member of the International Migration Research Centre (IMRC), and a board member of the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA).
Suzan teaches courses in the areas of migration, humanitarianism, borders, and critical development studies. She supervises students conducting research on international migration, humanitarian and development aid, and international governance and social policy.