The Centre for Global Social Policy is a research, teaching, and training centre within the University of Toronto’s Department of Sociology. Created in 2013 as a platform to support the work of the Social Sciences and the Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) funded international partnership research project, Gender Migration and the Work of Care: An International Comparison, the Centre has expanded its aims to include the following:

      1. to conduct, support, and facilitate policy relevant research that addresses local, national and global issues;
      2. to provide research and work experiences, trainings, and mentorship to students and new scholars working in the area of global social policy;
      3. to connect and contribute to local, national, and global research and policy networks in the field of global social policy;
      4. to communicate and disseminate research findings, analyses and ideas to local, national and global communities. The Centre has research interests and expertise in the areas of family, gender, care, migration, and social development.

The Centre for Global Social Policy projects:

  1. Care Economies in Context (the project is funded by the SSHRC, the Open Society Foundations, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the University of Toronto – 2021-2028; PI – Ito Peng, University of Toronto). For more information, click here.
  2. Gender, Migration and the Work of Care: An International Comparison project (SSHRC Partnership Grant – 2013-2020; PI – Ito Peng, University of Toronto);
  3. Settlement, Integration, & Stress: A 5-Year Longitudinal Study of Syrian Newcomer Mothers & Teens in the GTA (SSHRC Insight Grant – 2018-2023; PI – Neda Maghbouleh, University of Toronto);
  4. Gender-sensitive Macroeconomic Models for Policy Analysis (Hewlett Foundation Global Development and Population Program – 2017-2020; PI – Maria Floro, American University, and Elizabeth King, Brookings Institute). More information available here.

The Centre trains and mentors undergraduate and graduate students from the Department of Sociology and other cognate departments by engaging them in its research projects, hiring them as Research Assistants, and providing them with financial support such as Work-Study Program, Summer Policy Internships, Doctoral Associate Awards, Young Scholars Awards, and Postdoctoral Awards. The Centre also regularly organizes workshops and conferences, open to faculty, students, and community members. Currently the Centre is supporting five postdoctoral fellows and numerous graduate students as Research Assistants. The Centre also has built extensive networks with universities and research and policy institutions in North America, Asia, and Europe, and aims to expand its networks to other regions of the world.

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