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Susan Ramsundarsingh

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Bachelor of Commerce in International Business – University of Alberta
Master of Social Work – University of Calgary
Master of Business Administration in Nonprofit Management – University of Calgary



Susan Ramsundarsingh is a third year PhD student, research coordinator, and instructor. Her doctoral research combines her background in business with social work through a focus on human service organizations. She is exploring the contradiction of service users experiencing oppression in the very same human service organization that they came to in search of assistance. Using an both an organizational  and anti-oppressive practice lens, Susan is exploring how organizational characteristics such as leadership, workplace culture, staff training and oversight impact service users’ experiences when receiving services from human service organizations. She hopes to develop a framework for anti-oppressive practice in human service organizations that can be used to eliminate or reduce service user experiences of oppression and discrimination thereby contributing to more effective services and improved outcomes for service users.

Susan has engaged in research in a variety of areas including the social impact of corporate social responsibility efforts of mining companies, fiscal sponsorship policy and practice in Canada, participatory action research with Somali youth, partnership and sustainability for youth serving organizations, Canada’s first national survey of Islamophobia, community based social enterprise for women in India, and the development of a framework for Aboriginal child welfare practice. She is a strong advocate for social change, and the inclusion of all voices in social policy development. She has contributed to the Alberta Social Policy Framework, the Calgary Poverty Reduction Strategy (Enough for All), and policy development for emergency disaster relief in Alberta.

Susan has 18 years of experience in social work. She has practiced community development, international social work, emergency disaster relief, social work management and funding, social policy development, and social work research. She has worked with many population groups including: immigrants and refugees, youth, seniors, children, and mothers. She is a dedicated volunteer with the Art of Living Foundation and the International Association for Human Values which promote a stress free, violence free society through breath work and meditation.



Ramsundarsingh, S. & Shier, M. (2017). Anti-Oppressive Organizational Dynamics in the Social Services: A Literature Review, British Journal of Social Work

Ramsundarsingh, S. & Falkenberg, L. (2017). The policy and practice implications of charities partnering with non-charities, Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research

Bhuyan, R. & Ramsundarsingh, S. (2017) Domestic Violence in the Indian Diaspora: Community Organizing to Address Intersecting Oppressions. In R. Hedge & A. Sahoo (Eds). Routledge Handbook of the Indian Diaspora. Routledge, (p.28). Taylor & Francis Books Ltd.

Main, K., Ramsundarsingh, S., Cala, C., Black, J., Clarke, M., Evans, L. Antonio, M., Retzlaff, G., Wong, J., Hunter, L.W. (2015) Partnerships for Community Benefit: A Canadian Handbook on Partnerships between charities and non-charities, United Way of Calgary and Area, Calgary, AB. (Public Report)

Ramsundarsingh, S. (2009). A survey of fiscal sponsorship practice in Calgary, United Way of Calgary and Area, Calgary, AB. (Public Report)

Ramsundarsingh, S. (2009). Social enterprise as a tool of women’s empowerment, The Irma M. Parhad Programmes, Calgary, AB. (Public Report)


Awards & Scholarships:

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2016, 2017)

Network for Social Work Management – Doctoral Scholars Institute (2016)

Royal Bank of Canada Graduate Fellowship (2016)

Immigrant Research West Travel Grant (2015)

Alberta Hero of the Flood (2013)

Irma Parhad Studentship (2009)

Scotia McLeod Scholarship (2008)

Alberta Graduate Student Scholarship (2008)