Adam Perry is currently Assistant Professor of Adult Education at St. Francis Xavier University. His current research examines the dynamics of internal migration among ‘low-skilled’ temporary foreign workers (TFWs) in Canada. In his work, Adam investigates how and why TFWs migrate between provinces. Through interviews with workers and worker advocates, Adam’s work documents the ways in which workers tackle the complex processes of inter-provincial relocation in spite of precarious legal status. In particular Adam is interested in how TFWs, by engaging in internal migratory practices, may be molding a unique critical response to the structural vulnerabilities associated with non-citizenship as these intersect with uneven regional development within Canada. With a particular focus on developing notions of migrant worker agency both theoretically and empirically, Adam’s work contributes to discussions on migrant workers’ subjective experiences of work, migration and community formation.
Adam is also a co-investigator on the SSHRC Partnership Project Closing the Employment Standards Enforcement Gap, Principal Investigators: Leah F. Vosko (York University) and Mary Gellatly (Parkdale Community Legal Services).
Perry, J. A. 2018. Images of work, images of defiance: Engaging migrant farm worker voice through community-based arts. Advance Online Publication. Agriculture and Human Values. DOI: 10.1007/s10460-018-9861-9.
Perry, J. A. 2018. Play-making with migrant farm workers in Ontario, Canada: A kinesthetic and embodied approach to qualitative research. Advance Online Publication. Qualitative Research.
Barely legal: Racism and migrant farm labour in the context of Canadian multiculturalism. Citizenship Studies, 16 (2), 189-201. (2012).