Youth Bullying and Cyberbullying in a Canadian and Indian context

This comparative research explores the subject of bullying among youths in two major cities of New Delhi, India and Toronto, Canada. This research aims to compare the resources available to youths in India and Canada in regard to bullying awareness, cyberbullying, and its prevention methods. This research will compare the experiences of two socially and culturally distinct populations with the issue of bullying among high school youths.

University International Collaborations as a Vehicle for Social Change and Public Diplomacy

This project aims to address two emerging challenges or opportunities facing universities in the new context of global geo-politics. First, universities have often been regarded as key agents in processes of social change and development. The explicit role they have been allocated is the production of human capital and knowledge output to meet perceived social and economic needs.

Employer Demand-Driven Training (EDDT) Programs for Youth Employment

The proposed research project will research and evaluate the impact of Employer Demand-Driven Training (EDDT) programs undertaken in 5 pilot sites in Ontario. As a strategy, ‘demand-driven’ means putting businesses at the centre of workforce training development and using their workforce needs and challenges as the starting point to design effective programs. In this way, training is directly relevant to market demand.

By the North with the North: Community Building in Northern Saskatchewan

This unique research project, undertaken by Master of Northern Governance and Development (MNGD) students, contributes significantly to our understanding of the North. The research focuses on community-based responses to rapid economic, social, and environmental changes and the development of the local capacity to respond. The analysis is collaborative, involving key stakeholders at the community and multi-community levels, and is informed by their values and interests.

Mexican Mining Policy and its Relationship with Canadian Investment

Currently, Mexico receives more international investment in the mining sector than any other Latin American country. Throughout the past five years Canadian private investment has accounted for between 70-75% of all international investment. This project aims to explore Canadian investment in the Mexican mining industry in order to determine how, why and when investment occurs.

The ‘Benevolent Hand’ of the Turkish State: Housing Development Agency (TOKI)), State Restructuring and Capital Accumulation in Turkey

As it is accepted in both international organizations and nation states, housing for the urban poor is an urgent issue which cannot be left exclusively to market mechanisms. It is accepted that nation states have primary duties towards providing affordable houses for the lower income groups. This project reveals the changing role and structure of the state toward housing policies for urban poor with reference to shifts in development strategies in the Turkish context.

An Examination of Social Space in Rural Nova Scotian Municipalities

This research project will apply a theoretical analysis of social space in rural areas in Nova Scotia in order to examine how municipalities design space, and how citizens interact with and within it. Much of the existing literature in the field focuses on social space in urban areas, like populated downtown areas of cities. This project attempts to close a gap in the literature by examining rural space using its character, design, and history, in order to assess its impact on engagement in the community.

State-society relations at the margins: Control and Resistance in Turkey’s borderlands (1990-2004 and 2004-present)

There is a controversial relationship between the levels of democratization and violence. Although it is assumed that more democratic a country becomes less violence occurs, there are some counterarguments (Tezcur 2009). This project is an attempt to test the viability of whether democracy leads pacification. We will compare two time periods to evaluate the impacts of change in state strategy toward Kurds in Turkey’s borderlands. The first is the period from 1990 to 2004, which is a period of military domination. The second time period is commonly associated with political liberalization.

An emerging power: Brazilian South-South Cooperation in Mozambique and Haiti

This project considers how the rise of Brazil to global power status has changed its foreign policy direction, especially with regards to how it engages with other developing nations. In particular, this study considers how emerging powers like Brazil have dramatically increased the development assistance – what they call South-South Cooperation - they have provided to other developing countries over the previous decade. Why has assistance become such a valued foreign policy tool?

Understanding the migration and employment experiences of Chinese rural migrant women factory workers – The role of the household registration system, workplace and household

This proposed research project is for my doctoral thesis. The research focuses on the migration and employment experiences of Chinese rural migrant women factory workers. It will provide an in-depth analysis of factors that women themselves have thought relevant to their migration and employment status and experiences. The research will examine the role of three institutions, including the hukou (the household registration) system, the workplace, and the household, with a gender focus, in affecting rural women’s migration and employment experiences.

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