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Nicole Ives

Nicole Ives

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Nicole Ives first took an in-depth look at the issues facing refugees during a year of undergraduate study in Denmark where she volunteered at the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims. Back in Copenhagen after completing her MSW, Ives worked as a volunteer with the Danish Refugee Council and the Danish Red Cross. Ives returned to the USA with an idea for a dissertation: a comparative exploration of refugee resettlement.

Ives, a qualitative researcher with a focus on refugee and immigrant issues and issues of acculturation, explores the lived experience of policies. Her research has included examining outcomes for refugees that have been sponsored by religious congregations, the effects of US immigration policy on Liberian refugee families, and Bosnian refugee resettlement in the United States and Denmark. Ives teaches History and Philosophy of Social Work, Policy and Practice with Refugees, and Qualitative Research Methods. Her current research projects include “Rethinking First Nations and Inuit Social Work Education” and exploring faith-based social service delivery and immigrant integration as part of the “Black Communities Demographic Project”.


Description of current research:

Nicole Ives is currently conducting qualitative research in connection with a McGill-based social work consultation project with First Nations and Inuit communities in Quebec. Starting in Fall 2007, she will be conducting research on immigrant integration and faith-based social service delivery with the Black Communities Demographic Project in Montreal. Ives is also working on several projects examining outcomes for refugee communities: One project looks at refugees that have been sponsored by religious congregations while another explores the relationship between US immigration policy and the high rate of divorce among Liberian couples.


Ives, N., Aitken, O., Loft, M., & Phillips, M. (2007). Rethinking social work education for Indigenous students: Creating space for multiple ways of knowing and learning. First Peoples Child & Family Review, 4(3), 13-20.


Contact Information

McGill University, School of Social Work
3506 University St., Room 309
Montreal, PQ, H3A 2A7
tel #: 514 398-7065
fax #: 514 398-4760
e-mail: nicole [dot] ives [at] mcgill [dot] ca