OSOT Assistant Professor Dr. Suzanne Huot is a co-applicant on a successful $98.6-million, seven-year grant funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF), entitled “Migrant Integration in the Mid-21st Century: Bridging Divides.” This is a truly extraordinary undertaking, bringing together 25 research leaders, over 100 scholars, 27 core partners, and over 200 organizations to investigate the use of advanced digital technologies in the realm of migration to Canada.
One of seven co-applicants from UBC on this grant, Dr. Huot will be co-directing the Employment and Lifelong Learning research theme with Dr. Rupa Banerjee (Toronto Metropolitan University), which is one of the four thematic areas identified in the grant. Within this theme, Drs. Huot’s and Banerjee’s team will investigate the use of digital technologies in: a) shaping the ways in which immigrants navigate unemployment and underemployment, b) influencing their labour market integration and (re)training, c) creating opportunities and challenges within the platform economy that impact the quality of work, and d) reconfiguring the future of work.
Dr. Huot and her colleagues will be undertaking interdisciplinary, and multi-site research studies using a range of methodological approaches. Keep an eye out for news on this research as this project progresses!