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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Laurier researchers are engaged in research projects across the globe and are active in numerous global interdisciplinary networks, working to solve complex international issues. The following is just a sampling of where we engage in partnerships, whether formal or informal, for international research.

Washington DC

Laurier researcher Robert McLeman, a member of the International Migration Research Centre, is helping to create a Canada-US partnership to generate policy-oriented research on migration and displacement caused by environmental conditions and climate change.

Beirut, Lebanon

As the conflict in Syria drives the mass migration of Syrian refugees to camps in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey, Brantford Social Work researcher Bree Akesson and human geographer Sean Doherty are studying the well-being of Syrian children and families living in refugee camps in Lebanon. Their work will inform how child protection agencies can best help children and families affected by war.

Lahore, Pakistan

Transgendered hijras in South Asia face systemic discrimination that affects their rights and livelihoods. Professor Shahnaz Khan works to document hijra cultural performances and how these performances contribute to changing the restrictive laws that govern their lives.

Bamenda, Cameroon; Mzuzu, Malawi and Oshakati-Ongwediva-Ondangwa, Namibia

Extending his work as part of the Hungry Cities Partnership, Professor Jonathan Crush and his students are working with colleagues at the African Food Security Urban Network to develop case studies of urban food security in Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe at the household level. This research exposes how food system governance and inclusive growth in African cities impacts the daily living of people in urban Africa.

Concepción, Chile

Associate Professor Alex Latta is a member of the WATERLAT-GOBACIT network, which examines the politics and management of water in Latin America. He is documenting social-ecological resilience in the Bío Bío Region of Chile in relation to water megaprojects.

Madaba, Jordan

Laurier students also take part in global research initiatives. Assistant Professor Debra Foran is the co-director of an archaeological excavation at the site of Khirbat al-Mukhayyat. Over the summers of 2015 and 2016, Laurier students joined the excavation to work on-site as part of field studies courses.


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