Kiran Mirchandani

Research

My research has been supported through competitive grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and these grants have allowed me to conduct large scale qualitative studies on how workers engage in sophisticated, multi-faceted and informal lifelong learning in response to the systemic inequalities they face in their social and workplace contexts. Two principles have guided my academic approach. First, I believe that workplace contexts are embedded within and therefore need to be studied in relation to broader social contexts such as state policy, national histories and global economic relations. Second, I am committed to the methodological value of research which is based on detailed, ethnographic understandings of peoples’ lived experiences. Guided by these principles, I have conducted qualitative, interpretive, multi-subject and multi-year ethnographies of workers lives in Canada and India. Through these interdisciplinary projects, I have explored the ways in which women and men in diverse contexts experience, navigate and challenge forms of social exclusion as part of their daily lives as well as in their paid jobs.

Themes, projects and related publications

Funded Research Projects

Dates

Granting Body Title

Role

2015-2019

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Grant

National Futures or Emerging Crises: Youth Labour Market Integration Policies and Practices

Principal Investigator

 

2013-2017

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Grant Closing the Enforcement Gap: Improving Employment Standards Protection for People in Precarious Jobs (PIs: Leah Vosko and Mary Gellatly)

Co-Investigator

2010-2013

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Auxilliary Workers: The Hidden Scaffold of India’s Information Technology Industry

Principal Investigator

2006-2009

Social Sciences and Humanities Research  Council of Canada Professional Immigrant Women Navigating the Canadian Labour Market: A Study in Adult Learning

Co-Investigator

2003-2005

National Literacy Secretariat Overcoming Race and Gender Barriers to Workplace Literacy

Principal Investigator

2002-2007

Social Sciences and Humanities Research   Council of Canada The Uneven Periphery: Social Effects of Tele-Mediated Work

Principal Investigator

2002-2006

Social Sciences and Humanities Research  Council of Canada Skilled In Vulnerability: Work-related Learning Amongst Contingent Workers.

Principal Investigator

2002-2005

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Knowledge Networks of Portfolio Workers: Development, Usage, and Benefits for Success in the New Economy

Co-Investigator

2002-2003

University of Toronto, Seed Grant Learning to Cross Borders: Transnational Call Centre Work in India. Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

2002-2004

Canadian Race Relations Foundation The Racialized impact of Welfare Fraud Control in B.C. and Ontario Co-principal investigator

2001-2002

Canadian Indo-Shastri Foundation. The Globalized Home: Women Home-Based Workers in India’s Export Industries.

Principal Investigator

2001-2002

University of Toronto, Seed Grant Training Against Vulnerability: Workplace Learning Amongst Contingent Workers

Principal Investigator

2001-2003

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Changing Work, Changing Lives: Mapping the Canadian Garment Industry

Co-investigator

2000-2002

University of Toronto Seed Grant The Uneven Periphery: Mapping the Home‑based Workforce in Canada

Principal Investigator

2000-2002

Connaught Automatic Start‑up Grant Restructuring Work: The Experiences of Veteran Home‑Based Teleworkers

Principal Investigator

2000-2001

University of Toronto Seed Grant Immigrant Integration, Settlement and Garment Workers: A Feasibility Study.

Principal Investigator

2000-2001

University of Toronto, Seed Grant Employers, communities and workers in the new global environment of the garment industry

Co-Investigator

1997-1999

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship Field Grant

Principal Investigator

1994-1995

McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Fieldwork Grant

Principal Investigator

1994-1995

McGill University Grant for Thesis Fieldwork Principal Investigator

 

 

 

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