I am currently involved in several projects:
During my sabbatical in 2016/2017, I am ethnographically studying how the biggest global refugee crisis since WWII is playing out in a small, conservative, and deeply catholic German village. By interviewing refugees and village residents, I am examining how integration works outside of big cities and in a non-traditional immigration space.
Together with Dr. Sara Thompson from Ryerson University, I am engaged in several projects looking at how law enforcement organizations in Canada reach out to communities thought to be 'at risk' of radicalization, and how these initiatives are perceived by the communities, with a particular focus on the Somali diaspora in Edmonton, Toronto, and Surrey/B.C. (funded by CSSP and TSAS)
As part of my SSHRC Insight Grant (2012-2017), I am examining how the transformation of Regent Park from being Canada's oldest and largest social housing development into a socio-economically mixed neighbourhood plays out on the ground, particularly for youth in the neighbourhood and local gangs.
In a new project, my UofA colleague Dr. Kevin Haggerty and I will examine the realities of living and working in five provincial prisons in Alberta. The focus is on the challenges faced by both inmates and correctional officers. Topics that we are exploring with inmates include such things as drugs, issues relating to violence, family histories, substance abuse, programming, radicalization, and gang involvement. Our research on correctional officers includes topics relating to the culture of correctional officers, identifying risky or dangerous situations, security concerns, and their views on possible reforms to current prison conditions. (funded by TSAS).
If you are a potential graduate student interested in working on any of these projects, please do not hesitate to contact me.