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.
- 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