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Rupaleem Bhuyan


Professor & Ph.D. Program Director
Ph.D., University of Washington

Phone Number: 
(416) 946-5085
Research Interests: 
  • immigration and refugee policy
  • precarious immigration status
  • intersectionality and gender-based violence
  • community-based research
  • anti-oppressive practice

Rupaleem Bhuyan joined the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work in 2008 as an Assistant Professor. She is currently a Professor and an affiliate of the Women and Gender Studies Institute and a Fellow with the Centre for Critical Qualitative Research at the University of Toronto.

Her interdisciplinary background in International Studies, Cultural Anthropology and Social Welfare allows her to integrate interpretive policy analysis and community-based participatory action research to address the sociocultural and political context of migration, social rights, and gender-based violence. Dr. Bhuyan explores how temporary and precarious immigration impacts immigrants’ access to social and health care services, including immigrants’ response to gender-based violence.

In 2011, Dr. Bhuyan co-created the Migrant Mothers Project, in collaboration with a network of community-based organizations, women’s rights and immigrant rights groups, and grassroots activists to document how immigration policies contribute to gendered inequality and different forms of gender-based violence.  Migrant Mothers Project uses feminist, participatory, and action methods to foster deeper knowledge about the inequities that shape our lives and to identify strategies for collective action to advocate for dignity and human rights. Dr. Bhuyan is a member of the Gender Equality Network of Canada, the Rights of Non-Status Women Network, and is Co-Editor-in-Chief for Affilia: The Journal of Women and Social Work.