Call for Applications Identifying the underlying drivers of child well-being in high performing countries
UNICEF Canada is inviting applications from research candidates for a research project exploring child well-being in cross-national comparison, identifying the key factors contributing to relatively high performance in child well-being in selected countries based on UNICEF’s Index of Child Well-being.
1. Project objectives
Develop and apply a research methodology to investigate the underlying, causal factors (socio-cultural, economic, geographic, political, governance, etc.) contributing to relatively high performance in child well-being in selected countries, based on UNICEF’s 2011 Index of Child Well-being. Produce an analysis to compare these factors to Canada’s situation and draw conclusions about what measures would be most likely to advance child well-being in Canada.
Produce research corollary products to communicate the analysis to stakeholders.
Develop and apply a research methodology to identify 6-8 high-influence organizations in Canada/worldwide and investigate the factors that contribute to their impact (including social observatories, children’s observatories, child-focused organizations, and broader-scoped think tanks).
Facilitate stakeholder co-investigation through structured activities.
2. Project approach
This project entails research design; a review of published and unpublished sources; engagement of a Research Advisory Group; planning of telephone and face-to-face interviews with key informants in relevant international government and non-government agencies, policy think-tanks, independent institutes and academic experts; and production of a research report and corollary products.
3. Project timeframe/duration and outputs
The work is expected to require approximately 60 FTE days, commencing June and completed December. The schedule of work and the rate of remuneration are negotiable.
4. Qualifications and/or specialized knowledge/experience required and desirable for undertaking the assignment
Academic qualifications: Advanced university degree in social or health sciences (e.g., social development, anthropology, health) or relevant related discipline
Competence and experience: Five years or more of relevant professional expertise in research design and implementation; research analysis; data/statistical analysis; 2 and knowledge of government/policy environments; a focus on childhood and experience in cross-national research preferred
Writing skills, publication experience: Strong analytical writing skills and compelling communications skills in the English language; excellent project management skills; creative approach to knowledge translation
5. Terms of Contract
The terms of engagement will be set out in a UNICEF Canada contract, based on an agreed rate of remuneration and start and end dates. PLEASE DIRECT EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST and CV to Lisa Wolff (lwolff@)
Session 69. Roundtable – Public, Private, Political: Charitable Organizations and Citizen Engagement
Facilitator / Animateur : Lara Campbell, Simon Fraser University
Sarah Glassford (University of Prince Edward Island)
Ian Mosby (McMaster University)
Will Tait (Carleton University)
Shirley Tillotson (Dalhousie University)
Jon Weier (University of Western Ontario)
Tuesday June 2, 3:30-4:30
Session 77. Presidential Address / Discours présidentiel
Introduced by / Présentée par: Joan Sangster (Trent University)
Dominique Marshall (President of the Canadian Historical Association): Children’s Drawings and Humanitarian Aid: Transnational Expressions and Exhibitions/ Dominique Marshall (Présidente de la Société historique du Canada): Dessins d’enfants et aide humanitaire : expressions et expositions transnationales
REVISED TIME – Wednesday, June 2 (time and place TBA)
Session 11. Capitals and Peripheries: Historical Perspectives on International Development
Facilitator / Animateur : Ian Smillie (McLeod Group)
Stephanie Bangarth (Western University): “Is our assistance worthwhile?”: The Role of Tripartisanship in the Canadian Response to Refugee and International Development Crises, 1968 – 1978
Jill Campbell-Miller (Saint Mary’s University): Integrating History and International Development Studies: Lessons from the Canadian-Indian Aid Experience
John F. Devlin (University of Guelph): State Theory, Historical Sociology, and Comparative Agricultural Development
Kevin O’Sullivan (National University of Ireland Galway): Searching for a Saviour: Humanitarian NGOs and Human Rights in Central America in the 1970s and 1980s
Commentator / Commentateur : Ian Smillie (McLeod Group)
Co-sponsored by the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) and the Canadian Council on Migration, Ethnicity and Transnationalism / Coparrainée par l’Association canadienne d’études du développement international (ACÉDI) et par le Comité canadien sur la migration, l’éthnicité et le transnationalisme
REMOTE is a peer-reviewed publication of the MIT SA+P Press (remote-arch.com)
Due: August 1st, 2015
REMOTE: Designing with Outlying Societies prompts us to investigate the ethical and ideological assumptions of contemporary humanitarianarchitecture in the contexts of isolated peoples.
What does it mean to intervene?
The question foregrounds a need to better understand the notion of geographic and cultural remoteness as it relates to today’s global practice and discourse. An exterior voice is imaginably beneficial to problem identification and the generation of potential solutions. However, how can contemporary architecture and design proceed to work with these societies while harnessing a better understanding and reciprocity in both formal and cultural tolerances?
The “humanitarian” project is largely a mediated enterprise — apt for popular dissemination. Are architects and institutions similarly engaging such work for the chance to build altruistically-viewed projects in distant, photogenic and exoticized landscapes? Through what frameworks may contemporary architecture assess the integrity and productivity of such projects? Do these initiatives strike a resemblance to cycles of colonization, industrialization, assimilation, and exploitation? What are the agendas that motivate practical and institutional contact in the 21st Century?
REMOTE is a peer-reviewed volume. We are looking for scholarly papers that address this topic through the lens of media studies, anthropology, sociology, political science, and architectural history and theory. We are also interested in art and architectural projects that explore these issues.
Editors: Sixto Cordero Maisonet, Tyler Stevermer and Austin Smith
Peer-Review Board Director: Mark Jarzombek
For correspondence and inquiries:
REMOTE: Designing with Outlying Societies is a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal that aims to publish only original material. Text should be in American English, limited to 3,000 words, and formatted in accordance with The Chicago Manual of Style. Images should be included separately at 72 dpi—print quality images will be requested upon acceptance into thresholds. Author must have permission for all images. Submissions should include a cover letter with author’s name, affiliation, telephone number and email address, and a brief bio. All submissions should be sent in digital format, with text as MS Word files and images as uncompressed JPEG files.
The Humanitarian Coalition exhorts “individuals who work in the humanitarian sector, who study the field or who are simply interested in the complexity of humanitarian response” to write blog posts for the blog Relief to Recovery. It could be a great opportunity to promote research and projects. In addition to added exposure, the Humanitarian Coalition would also provide a stipend of $50 per contributions as a form of gratitude.
Please find more information on the blog website.
Migration and Diaspora Studies and the Department of History present: Master Class with Prof. Gil Loescher (September 22, 2015)
Gil Loescher is Visiting Professor at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. He is a long-established expert on international refugee policy. For over 25 years, he was Professor of International Relations at the University of Notre Dame in the United States and was a visiting fellow at Princeton University, LSE, Oxford and the Department of Humanitarian Affairs at the US State Department in Washington DC.
– Date limite 31 mars 2015, Appel à communications – Montréal –Colloque Canada-Québec-Caraïbe Connexions transaméricaines. Le colloque aura lieu du 8 au 10 october 2015. “Ces connexions transaméricaines, bien que souvent méconnues, s’inscrivent dans le temps long, comme en témoignent les précoces allées et venues des missions jésuites puis des universitaires, ou encore la création d’un Centre de recherche sur la Caraïbe à l’Université de
Montréal dès 1967. Plus récemment, c’est dans les secteurs de la préservation de l’environnement, de la participation aux projets régionaux de développement, des migrations transnationales et de l’étude des mémoires partagées que ces relations transcontinentales opèrent leurs mutations afin de se présenter comme de éléments essentielsà la compréhension
de « notre Amérique ».”
La Chaire de recherche du Canada en études allemandes et européennes, le Centre canadien d’études allemandes et européennes (CCEAE) et le IRTG “Diversity”, ont le plaisir de vous inviter chaleureusement à la conférence suivante :
« The Dilemmas of Humanitarian Aid : A Historical Perspective »
Conférence de Johannes Paulmann (Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz)
La conférence établit la thèse suivante :
Present dilemmas of humanitarian aid are best understood when seen them in terms of historical conjunctures and contingencies such as wars and post-war periods, empires and decolonization.
Au 3744 Jean-Brillant, salle 580-31 16h00 à 18h00
Humanitarian aid has been a malleable concept. Existing narratives for the twentieth century provide no satisfactory explanation for the evolution of the field. We need to highlight instead historical conjunctures and contingencies such as wars and post-war periods, empires and decolonization. The emphasis on conflicting forces and multi-layered structures at particular moments in time provides a historical perspective revealing fundamental dilemmas faced by international humanitarian aid to the present day.
Johannes Paulmann est directeur du Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz. Actuellement il est chercheur invité au Centre canadien d’études allemandes et européennes.
Publications majeures :
Regionen und Welten : Arenen und Akteure regionaler Weltbeziehungen seit dem 19. Jahrhundert, in : Historische Zeitschrift 296 (2013), 660-699 ; Auswärtige Repräsentationen : Deutsche Kulturdiplomatie nach 1945, Köln, Weimar, Wien : Böhlau Verlag, 2005 (dir.) ; The mechanics of internationalism : culture, society and politics from the 1840s to the First World War, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2001(co-dir. avec Martin H. Geyer) ; Pomp und Politik : Monarchenbegegnungen in Europa zwischen Ancien Régime und Erstem Weltkrieg, Paderborn u.a. : Ferdinand Schöningh, 2000.
The Irish Famine, the Armenian Genocide, the Ukrainian Holodomor and Genocide by Attrition in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan
St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto
October 22, 2015
10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
States have many tools at their disposal to suppress their subjects: the military, police, taxes, and laws, to name a few. The extent to which starvation has been used, or became a way to discriminate against, punish or eliminate national, ethnic, racial or religious groups (as described in the UN Genocide Convention) has not always been appreciated. The symposium focuses on four case studies to shed light on the politics of starvation, examining methods, their effectiveness as instruments of government policy, and the devastating effects on target populations.
• Mark McGowan, University of Toronto, on the Irish Famine;
• George Shirinian, Zoryan Institute, on the Armenian Genocide;
• Andrea Graziosi, Università di Napoli Federico II, on the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33 (Holodomor);
• Samuel Totten, Professor Emeritus, University of Arkansas, on the case of Sudan;
• Khanenko-Friesen, University of Saskatchewan, on the transformation of Ukrainian civil society during collectivization and the Holodomor.
Holodomor Research and Education Consortium, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta; the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (A Division of the Zoryan Institute); Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies; the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine at CERES, Munk School of Global Affairs and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Toronto.