My current research at the Department of Geography, McGill University, explores sense of futurity and community-based peace and justice amongst encamped Congolese refugees in Rwanda. I connect this work to the research program of the Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa, Wilfrid Laurier University, where I hold an appointment as Junior Research Fellow.

Outside of my work within the region of Africa, I have conducted extensive fieldwork with Middle East forced migrants in Turkey and the Balkans (2014-2016), and with Venezuelans in Peru (2017-2019).

I am currently teaching a range of courses as Part-Time Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa, following prior teaching appointments at the Universidad del Pacifico, McGill University, and University of Rwanda. I have over ten years teaching experience, having enjoyed a pre-doctoral career as a licensed upper secondary teacher in the disciplines of geography and environmental studies. During this time, I became Head of the Humanities Department at MEF International School and Coordinator of the Environmental Systems and Societies program at Newton College.

My research work, drawing on insight from geography, anthropology, and political science, has been published in journals such as The International Journal of Human Rights, Current History, and Migration Letters, and through electronic outlets managed by the Migration Policy Institute and the London School of Economics and Political Science, amongst others.

Please feel free to contact me at:
nicolas.parent@mail.mcgill.ca OR nik.parent@gmail.com

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