York University’s Susan McGrath, winner of SSHRC’s 2015 Partnership Award, is a dynamic research leader of global stature. Her consistent success over the past decade in forging innovative partnerships—interdisciplinary, equitable and cross-sector—revolutionized the fields of refugee studies and forced migration.
As director of York’s Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), McGrath guided it to become North America’s leading research centre in the field and helped establish major international research organizations in the study of refugees and forced migration.
McGrath was also instrumental in establishing the Refugee Research Network (RRN). A global network of researchers and practitioners, the RRN is the product of McGrath’s vision to create a global refugee research network with a wide-ranging and progressive impact on research and policy, both in Canada and globally.
Named a Member of the Order of Canada for her contributions, McGrath has consistently proven her unwavering commitment to collaborative research and effective knowledge mobilization. Her efforts have built bridges between researchers, policy groups and grassroots organizations, helped strengthen global policies and practices for refugee protection and significantly changed how refugees are incorporated into public policy debates worldwide.