Bridging Divides Project

CMS Founding Director, Dr. Antje Ellermann, is part of a group of Canadian Arts scholars working on a pivotal research project that focuses on the challenges and opportunities of migration journeys. Funded by the Canada First Research Excellence FundMigrant Integration in the Mid-21st Century: Bridging Divides is a collaborative research project between UBC and three other universities.

The UBC collaborators on this project are CMS affiliates Dr. Dan Hiebert (Geography), Dr. Suzanne Huot (Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy), Dr. Sean Lauer (Sociology), and Dr. Vince Hopkins (Political Science), and UBC faculty Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc (School of Nursing), and Dr. Abdul-Fatawu Abdulai (School of Nursing).

These UBC team members are part of an intersectoral, interdisciplinary consortium led by Toronto Metropolitan University, with additional partners at University of Alberta and Concordia University. Together they will help Bridging Divides generate novel insights and usable knowledge in four thematic areas: 1) Immigrant Health and Well-Being, 2) Employment and Lifelong Learning, 3) Place and Infrastructure, and 4) Citizenship and Participation. 

The program will focus on the urban context, including both large urban centres and small- and mid-sized cities, as these are the main destinations of both newcomers and settled immigrants. 

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