04 March 2013

Thematic Focus: Social Capital Research

A seminar will be held on "Social Networks, Social Capital and Refugee Integration" in London on 26 April 2013.  The aim is to discuss the findings of a research project on this subject, looking particularly at "what type of social capital is most beneficial to both integration and social cohesion."

In addition, research on social capital in the urban refugee context is newly available from the IRC and the Women's Refugee Commission.  A recent roundtable on urban refugees found that social capital plays an important role in contributing to the well-being of urban refugees.  Being able to leverage social capital and networks for humanitarian assistance programming purposes was deemed important enough to warrant further exploration.  Thus, Part II of "Urban Refugee Research and Social Capital" comprises a literature review that seeks "to examine and critically engage with the existing academic and policy literature on urban communities and social networks that refugees are part of and the social capital they possess... ."

Other recent publications investigating the role of social capital include:

"The Economic Security of Refugees and IDPs: Social Capital, Remittances and Humanitarian Assistance," Chapter in Global Migration: Challenges in the Twenty-First Century (Palgrave Macmillan, October 2012) [preview chapter via Google Books]

"Migration, Community and Social Media," Chapter in Transnationalism in the Global City (Universidad de Deusto, March 2012) [preview chapter via Google Books]

Refugee Resettlement: Social Capital, Civil Society and the Integration Processes of Former Refugees, Thesis submitted to the College of Arts (University of Canterbury, 2012) [text]

"'White Tigers': Researcher Roles in Relation to Linking Social Capital within Tamil Voluntary Associations in Norway," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Access, 13 Dec. 2012 [abstract]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.  

No comments: