They’re in this together: Renison professor receives grant to study why former refugees choose to help new refugees arriving in Canada

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Vinh NguyenProfessor Vinh Nguyen has been awarded a $7000 UW/SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) Seed grant. With the grant, Nguyen, who researches issues of war, refugees, and affect, as a faculty member in the Culture and Language Studies department at Renison University College, can start his research project looking at the support former refugees provide to newly arrived refugees to Canada.

Nguyen’s project, entitled Pay It Forward: Circuits of Refugee Solidarity in Canada, seeks to understand the relationship between different refugee and historically displaced groups in Canada. Focusing on the Mennonite, Vietnamese, and Syrian communities, he plans to investigate how and why former refugees advocate for, stand in solidarity with, and come to the aid of those who seek asylum in Canada.

"I'm delighted to receive this generous grant from the University of Waterloo and SSHRC,” said Nguyen. “This support will be invaluable as I begin my investigation into the complex forms of solidarities between refugee groups in Canada.”

With the financial assistance from the grant, Nguyen will begin the initial phase of the project this summer. This Seed grant will also enable him to prepare a SSHRC Insight Development Grant application in anticipation of the 2018 grant cycle.