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Damaris Rose is an Honorary Professor at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS). She retired from her Full Professor position in Urban Studies at the Urbanisation Culture Société research center of the INRS in September 2017. She is an urban social geographer specializing in housing and neighborhood change, including their gendered dimensions, in cities of the Global North.
Dr. Rose was actively involved for more than 15 years in the Montreal center and national network of the Metropolis Project on immigration and integration in cities, where she led and contributed to studies on immigrant and refugee housing issues, in collaboration with government and community partners. She is on the executive committee of the Building Migrant Resilience in Cities research partnership, a project of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, and is co-researcher in a study of the settlement experiences of asylum seekers in Quebec who crossed the border irregularly in 2017–18. She has also authored a chapter (with Alexandra Charette) in the book A National Project: Canada’s Syrian Refugee Resettlement Experience, edited by Leah Hamilton, Luisa Veronis, and Margaret Walton-Roberts and to be published in 2020 by McGill-Queen’s University Press.
She obtained her PhD from the University of Sussex and her MA from the University of Toronto.
One of the major challenges Canada faced during its extraordinary push to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees during a four-month period was to find housing for these newcomers. This report explores how the government, resettlement case workers, and private citizens tackled this challenge—balancing cost and location, access to services, and more—and how lessons learned can improve refugee housing practices for other countries going forward.