Using an intersectional gendered analysis and participatory action research, FemNorthNet focuses on sustainable economic development in the North by exploring similarities and differences among and between different groups of women. These include Aboriginal women in the North, women with disabilities, immigrant women, women with children, women of various ages and women from different language groups. FemNorthNet works with and in three Northern communities: Thompson, Manitoba, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador and Labrador West, Newfoundland and Labrador. This project is housed at the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) and is a partner in the On the Move Partnership.
Mapping Life in Fort McMurray
“Mapping Life in Fort McMurray” is the product of a diverse set of research interviews conducted from 2007-2009 in Fort McMurray, Alberta. These interviews asked people to describe and discuss their perspectives on the place and then also to “map” it with a pen and paper. While these maps and interviews are a reflection of the particular time period in which they were produced, they also point to issues that remain germane. One of these issues is the impact of employment-related geographical mobility in the region, which has only become more complex as tens of thousands of people fly in and fly out on shift schedules, get off the bus looking for work, or experience one of the longest daily commutes in the country. Many of the researchers involved with “Mapping Life in Fort McMurray,” including Dr. Sara Dorow and Marcella Cassiano, are continuing to investigate this complexity as part of the On the Move Partnership.
Mobile Lives Forum
An institute for research and dialogue on mobility. Includes an ongoing research project on labour mobility in Europe. On the Move Partnership co-investigator Tim Cresswell is co-directing the Mobile Lives Forum research project Living in the Mobility Transition.
New Alberta Workers Program
New Alberta Workers was a 40-month program created to help new to Alberta workers (immigrants, refugees, and people who come on a temporary work permit – TFWs) to know more about their Health and Safety rights as workers. The New Alberta Workers program, a collaboration between the Alberta Workers’ Health Centre (a community partner with On the Move), the Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary, and the Edmonton Multicultural Health Brokers Co-operative, has now wrapped up, but a number of reports and resources are available via their website.
Urbanization from Below
A research project focusing on migrant construction workers and contemporary city-building.
From the Urbanization from Below website: “Toronto and London’s construction industries rely on migrants. Migrants include persons without national citizenship in the jurisdictions in which they work, who are very diverse in terms of their origins and migration trajectories. Reliance on migrants in construction industries is high in these cities specifically. Using a comparative framework which hones in on Toronto and London, we are interested in the parallel processes which have fashioned this reliance and the uneven character of social and economic risk borne by migrants embedded in urban growth, city-building and construction labour markets. Put succinctly, our research objectives are to examine the (1) factors that have shaped the reliance of construction industries on migrant workers, (2) the experiences of migrants in construction, and (3) the role that migrant construction workers play in processes of contemporary urbanization.” Find out more at: www.urbanizationfrombelow.net
Warwick Institute for Employment Research
The Warwick Institute for Employment Research (IER) looks at various aspects of employment research in Europe and the UK, including migration and mobility.