Research Domains

Citizenship and Social, Cultural and Civic Integration

Dr. Pauline Gardiner Barber (
Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University

Description: Canada's immigration program, like its multicultural approach to inclusion, is designed to bring benefits to Canadian society as well as an offer of a better life to immigrants, refugees, and their immediate families. It is not only the Canadian economy that feels the effects of immigration. Accordingly, this policy-research priority will look at the social and cultural effects of immigration and diversity on Canada and will determine the extent to which there are risks to societal well-being, to full participation of the members of these groups as citizens, and to the cohesion of Canadian society overall and in its regions.

Gender, Migration and Diversity/ Immigrant Women

Dr. Alexandra Z. Dobrowolsky (
Department of Political Science, Saint Mary's University

Dr. Evangelia Tastsoglou (
Department of Sociology and Criminology, Saint Mary's University

Description: The gender/immigrant women research domain provides a unique entry point to identify issues of particular relevance to immigrant women that might otherwise be overlooked. The objective is to provide a regional and national focus and a clearing-house for gender-based analysis of immigration and diversity. The domain engages in gender-based analysis of research questions emerging from the 12 federal priorities for policy-oriented research on immigration and integration and aims at ensuring that such questions take into account gender and immigrant women's experiences. The research conducted in this domain is premised on adopting an integrated feminist framework; challenging existing policy and disciplinary boundaries; integrating community based perspectives, without exploiting communities; recognizing the value of women's community based- knowledge; being sensitive to the limited resources of community organizations and individuals; keeping a balance between long-term, network-building, collaborative projects and short-term, immediate result-yielding projects; keeping a balance between a focus on women and work that utilizes gender as a central analytical category.

Economic and Labour Market Integration

Dr. Ather H. Akbari (
Department of Economics, Saint Mary's University

Ted Macdonald (Tedmcdon@UNB.Ca)
Department of Economics, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Description: At least since the early 1990s, the economic well-being of recent immigrants to Canada has declined and we have seen evidence of a continuation of comparative economic disadvantage for members of minorities. This policy-research priority will continue the examination of these phenomena with special attention to the economic impact of immigration and to the changes that a larger and more structured immigrant and minority population has made to the economic consequences of immigration and diversity in their destination communities (including major cities, second/third tier cities, and rural areas).

Welcoming Communities: The Role of Host Communities in the Attraction, Integration and Retention of New Immigrants and Minorities

Dr. Sylvia Kasparian (
Département d'Études Françaises, Université de Moncton

Dr. Christophe Traisnel (
Département de Science Politique, Université de Moncton

Description: In communities facing demographic decline, like many in rural Canada, and many francophone minority communities, the attraction and retention of newcomers and minorities is essential to their long-term demographic survival. Consequently, there is now a real appetite to better understand what role the host communities must play if newcomers and minorities are to feel welcome. This panel will examine what public policy instruments can enhance the capacity of Canada, its cities and communities to receive and integrate immigrants, refugees, and minorities.

Justice, Policing, and Security

Dr. Marie-Andrée Pelland (

Département de sociologie de l’Université de Moncton

Dr. Margaret Denike  (

Politcal Science Department, Dalhousie University

Description: Concerns over social cohesion and national security, especially the contemporary preoccupation with terrorism, have raised the public profile of debate surrounding how Canada and its justice and security systems can ensure a balanced and fair approach to an increasingly diverse population - to maintain order, public safety and national security while preserving civil liberties and the Canadian multicultural model of an open, diverse society.