Dr. Suzan Ilcan is a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She has published in the areas of migration and mobility studies, border studies, political sociology, and critical development and humanitarian aid. Her current research projects examine migration policies, bordering practices, and humanitarian aid in the context of the displacement, precarity, protection, and resettlement of refugees.
Dr. Ilcan is currently working on two research projects funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: The first project, “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 new book (with Kim Rygiel, BSIA/Wilfrid Laurier and Feyzi Baban, Trent University), which is forthcoming by McGill-Queen’s University Press. The second project 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. In addition to these projects, she is currently undertaking research on Syrian refugee experiences of re/making ‘home’ for the British Academy project, Lost and Found? A Digital Archive of Testimonies of Migration, Displacement and Resettlement (with PI: Yasmine Shamma, and Co-I, Vicki Squire).
Currently, Dr. Ilcan is the Program Director of the University of Waterloo’s MA in Global Governance program (at the BSIA). She has experience of supervising a range of PhD and MA students both in Global Governance and Sociology. Currently, she is supervising PhD students conducting research in the areas of international migration, international governance and border studies, and political sociology. Dr. Ilcan welcomes graduate students to contact her about their research interests on topics dealing with or related to migration and border studies, humanitarian and development aid, and political sociology.