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
2018-2022 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada The hard working student: a Canadian study Co-Investigator
2015-2020 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada National Futures or Emerging Crises: Youth Labour Market Integration Policies and Practices Principal Investigator
2013-2019 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Grant Closing the Enforcement Gap: Improving Employment Standards Protection for People in Precarious Jobs 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 Secretariate Overcoming Race and Gender Barriers to Workplace Literacy Principal Investigator
2002-2007

 

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada The The Uneven Periphery: Social Effects of Telemediated 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 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 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