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Myriam Denov, Professor & Canada Research Chair

Dr. Myriam Denov is a Full Professor and holds the Canada Research Chair in Youth, Gender and Armed Conflict (Tier 1).  Her research and teaching interests lie in the areas of children and youth in adversity, and international child protection, with an emphasis on war and political violence, children in armed conflict, and gender-based violence. A specialist in participatory research, she has worked with war-affected children in Asia, Africa, and the Americas and has conducted research on the reintegration experiences of former child soldiers in Sierra Leone and Colombia, and war-affected youth living in Canada.  Denov has presented expert evidence in court on child soldiers, and has advised government and nongovernmental organizations on children in armed conflict, and girls in armed groups.  She currently leads a multi-institutional and multidisciplinary research team on children and global adversity.  Denov has authored four books, including Child Soldiers: Sierra Leone’s Revolutionary United Front (Cambridge University Press) and Children’s Rights and International Development: Lessons and Challenges from the Field (Palgrave Macmillan).   In 2014, she was awarded a Trudeau Fellowship to address the realities of children born of wartime sexual violence in Northern Uganda.  Denov holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar.

Research

Areas of interest:

  • War and political violence
  • Children in armed conflict
  • Post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding
  • Gender-based violence
  • International social work
  • Juvenile justice
  • Participatory research methods

Recent grants

2012-2014

 Fonds de Recherche du Québec sur la Société et la Culture, Soutien aux Équipes de Recherche (Emerging Team Grant) -  $56,320

Research Group on Children and Global Adversity: A Rights-Based Approach

Principal Investigator: Myriam Denov; Co-Applicants: Jazwant Guzder, Claudia Mitchell, Natasha Blanchet-Cohen; Collaborators: Cécile Rousseau, Michael Ungar, Lucie Nadeau, Sarah Fraser, Sharon Bond, Nicole Ives, Violaine Lemay, Warren Linds, Marc-André Éthier, Miranda D’Amico, Monica Ruiz Casares


2011-2013

Grand Challenges Canada/Canadian Institute of Health Research -   $220,000

Child Labour and Health Equity

Principal Investigators: Anne Andermann, Muazzam Nasrullah; Co-Applicants: Saeed Awan, Lisa Andermann, Ibrahim Balla Souley, Ryoa Chung, Myriam Denov, Djibo Douma, Rebecca Freeman Grais, Susan Gunn, Kirsten Johnson, Marc Laporta, Ann Macaulay, Vilma Santana


2011-2013

McGill University, Internal SSHRC Grant -  $6,000

Social Navigation and the Long-term Reintegration of Child Soldiers

Principal Investigator: Myriam Denov


2009-2011

Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada -  $16,925

Community Partnerships for Educational Success: Exploring Inuit conceptualizations of family involvement in Secondary School in Nunavik.

Principal Investigator: Nicole Ives; Co-Applicants: Donna-Lee Smith, France Beauregard, Sore Miller, Wendy Thomson, Vandna Sinha; Collaborator: Myriam Denov


2007-2010

Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada -  $195,993

The Making and Unmaking of Child Soldiers in Sierra Leone and Colombia: Child and Youth Perspectives on Militarization and Reintegration’

Principal and Sole Investigator: Myriam Denov

- Ranked 1st out of 103 applicants.

- Awarded the largest Standard Research Grant in Canada in 2007 competition.


2007-2010

Heritage Canada -  $428,000

Black Community Demographic Project

Principal Investigator: Jim Torczyner; Co-Applicants: Myriam Denov, Nicole Ives, Anne-Marie Livingston


2007-2009

International Development Research Centre -  $35,000

Unaccompanied and Separated Children in Canada

Principal Investigator: Myriam Denov; Collaborators: Micheal Montgomery, Simon Atem


2007-2009

McGill University, Faculty of Arts -  $13,500

Unaccompanied and Separated Children in Canada

Principal Investigator: Myriam Denov


2006-2008

McGill University, Arts Insights Initiative -  $5,000

Unaccompanied and Separated Children in Canada

Principal Investigator: Myriam Denov


2006-2007

International Development Research Centre -  $25,000

Children’s Rights and International Development

Principal and Sole Investigator: Myriam Denov

 


2006

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Social Sciences -  $9,000

The Militarization of Child Soldiers in Sri Lanka

Principal and Sole Investigator: Myriam Denov

 


2005-2008

Canadian International Development Agency -  $270,000

Children Rights and International Development

Principal and Sole Investigator: Myriam Denov


2005

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Social Sciences -  $15,830

Children’s Rights and International Development

Principal and Sole Investigator: Myriam Denov

 


2004-2006

Interfaculty Collaborative Research, University of Ottawa -   $20,000

Child Soldiers in Sierra Leone

Principal Investigator: Myriam Denov; Co-applicant: Richard Maclure


2002-2004

Canadian International Development Agency -   $128,000

Child Soldiers in Sierra Leone

Principal Investigator: Myriam Denov; Co-applicants: Richard Maclure, Abdul Manaff Kemokai


2002-2003

University of Ottawa -   $11,000

Child Soldiers: Implications of Children’s Involvement in Armed Conflict

Principal and Sole Investigator: Myriam Denov


2002

University of Ottawa -  $4,000

Inhalant Abuse among Innu Children: Community Perspectives and Approaches to Intervention

Principal Investigator: Kathryn Campbell

Collaborator: Myriam Denov


2002

Law Commission of Canada -   $2,000

Wrongful Conviction: Moving Towards Justice

Principal Investigator: Kathryn Campbell; Collaborator: Myriam Denov

 


2001-2002

Solicitor General of Canada -   $12,000

Wrongful Conviction: Moving Towards Justice

Principal Investigator: Kathryn Campbell; Collaborator: Myriam Denov


Publications

BOOKS AND EDITED COLLECTIONS           

Ives, N., Denov, M., Sussman, T.  (2015) Introduction to Social Work in Canada: Histories, Contexts, and Practices.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Denov, M., Maclure, R. and Campbell, K. (eds.) (2011) Children’s Rights and International Development: Lessons and Challenges from the Field.  New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Denov, M.  (2010) Child Soldiers: Sierra Leone’s Revolutionary United Front.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Denov, M.  (2004)  Perspectives on Female Sex Offending: A Culture of Denial. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing.

Campbell, K. & Denov, M.  (Guest Editors) (2004)Wrongful Conviction:  Perspectives, Experiences and Implications for Justice”.  The Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 46, 2.

JOURNAL ARTICLES (PEER-REVIEWED)     

 Denov, M., Doucet, D., & Kamara, A. (2012) “Engaging War-Affected Youth Through Photography: Photovoice with Former Child Soldiers in Sierra Leone”.  Intervention: The International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counselling in Areas of Armed Conflict, 10, 2: 117-133.

Doucet, D., & Denov, M. (2012) “The Power of Sweet Words: Local Forms of Intervention with War-Affected Women in Rural Post-Conflict Sierra Leone”.  International Social Work, 55: 612-628.

Denov, M. & Bryan, C.  (2012) “Tactical Maneuvering and Calculated Risks: Independent Child Migrants and the Complex Terrain of Flight.” New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development. 136: 13–27.

Denov, M.  (2011) “Child Soldiers and Iconography: Portrayals and (Mis)Representations”  Children and Society. DOI: 10.1111/j.1099-0860.2010.00347.x

 Bryan, C. and Denov, M. (2011) “Separated Refugee Children in Canada: The Construction of Risk Identity”.  Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 9, 3: 242-266.

 Denov, M.  (2010)  “Coping with the Trauma of War: Former Child Soldiers in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone”.  International Social Work, 53, 6: 791-806.

 Denov, M. and Bryan, C. (2010) “Unaccompanied Refugee Children in Canada: Experiences of Flight and Resettlement”.  Canadian Social Work: Special Issue on the Settlement and Integration of Newcomers to Canada, 12, 1: 67-75.

 Maclure, R. & Denov, M.  (2009) “Reconstruction versus Transformation:  Post-War Education and the Struggle for Gender Parity in Sierra Leone.”  International Journal of Educational Development, 29, 612-620.

Denov, M.  (2008) “Girl Soldiers and Human Rights: Lessons from Angola, Mozambique, Northern Uganda and Sierra Leone.”  International Journal of Human Rights, 12, 5: 811-833

 Denov, M. & Maclure, R.  (2007) “Turnings and Epiphanies: Militarization, Life Histories and the Making and Unmaking of Two Child Soldiers in Sierra Leone.”  Journal of Youth Studies, 10, 2: 243-261.

 Denov, M. & Gervais, C.  (2007) “Negotiating (In)Security: Agency, Resistance and Resourcefulness among Girls Formerly Associated with Sierra Leone’s Revolutionary United Front.”  Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 32, 4: 885-910.

 Jordan, K. & Denov, M.  (2007) “Birds of Freedom? Perspectives on Female Emancipation and Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam”.  Journal of International Women’s Studies, 9, 1: 42-62. 

 Denov, M. (2006) “Wartime Sexual Violence:  Assessing a Human Security Response to War-affected Girls in Sierra Leone” Security Dialogue, 37, 3: 319-342.

 Maclure, R. & Denov, M.  (2006) “‘I Didn’t Want to Die So I Joined Them’: Structuration and the Process of Becoming Boy Soldiers in Sierra Leone”.  Journal of Terrorism and Political Violence, 18, 1: 119-135.

 Denov, M. & Maclure, R. (2006) “Engaging the Voices of Girls in the Aftermath of Sierra Leone’s Conflict: Experiences and Perspectives in a Culture of Violence”.  Anthropologica, 48, 1: 73-85.

 Denov, M. & Campbell, K.  (2005) “Criminal Injustice: Understanding the Causes, Effects and Responses to Wrongful Conviction in Canada”. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 21, 3: 224-249.

 Campbell, K. & Denov, M. (2005). “Miscarriages of Justice: The Impact of Wrongful Imprisonment”. JustResearch, 13: 5-15.

 Denov, M.  (2004)  “Children’s Rights or Rhetoric? Assessing Canada’s Youth Criminal Justice Act and its Compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child”.  International Journal of Children’s Rights, 12, 1: 1-20.

Denov, M. (2004) “The Long-term Effects of Child Sexual Abuse by Female Perpetrators: A Qualitative Study of Male and Female Victims”.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 19, 10: 1137-1156.

Campbell, K. & Denov, M. (2004).  “The Burden of Innocence: Coping with a Wrongful Imprisonment”.  Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 46, 2: 139-164.

Denov, M. & Campbell, K. (2004) “Introduction”.  Special Issue: Wrongful Conviction:  Perspectives, Experiences and Implications for JusticeThe Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 46, 2.

Denov, M. (2003). “To a Safer Place? Victims of Sexual Abuse by Females and their Disclosures to Professionals”.  Child Abuse and Neglect, 27, 1: 47-61.

Denov, M. (2003) “The Myth of Innocence: Sexual Scripts and the Recognition of Child Sexual Abuse by Female Perpetrators”.  Journal of Sex Research, 40, 3: 303-315.

Denov, M. & Campbell, K. (2002).  “Casualties of Aboriginal Displacement in Canada: Children at Risk among the Innu of Labrador”.  Refuge: Canada’s Periodical on Refugees, 20, 2: 21-33. 

Denov, M. (2001).  “A Culture of Denial: Exploring Professional Perspectives on Female Sex Offending”.  Canadian Journal of Criminology, 43, 3: 303-329.

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS      

Denov, M. and Ricard-Guay, A.  (in press, 2013) “Girl Soldiers: Towards a Gendered Understanding of Wartime Recruitment, Participation and Demobilization”.  In Mathers, J. Handbook on Gender and War. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

Campbell, K. and Denov, M.  (2012) “Failed Justice: Wrongful Convictions in Canada”.  In Roberts, J. (ed.)  Criminal Justice in Canada: A Reader.  Toronto: Nelson Canada.

 Denov, M.  (2011) “Social Navigation and Power in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone: Reflections from a Former Child Soldier Turned Bike Rider”.  In Ozerdem A. and Podder, S.  (eds.) Child Soldiers: From Recruitment to Reintegration.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Campbell, K., Denov, M., Maclure, R., and Solomon, I.  (2011) “Introduction”.  In Denov, M., Maclure, R., and Campbell, K.  (eds.) Children’s Rights and International Development: Lessons and Challenges from the Field.  New York: Palgrave MacMillan Press.

Solomon, I. and Denov, M.  (2010) “Militarized Bodies: The Global Militarization of Children’s Lives”.  In Hörschelmann, K. and Colls, R. (eds.) Contested Bodies of Childhood and Youth.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan Press.

Denov, M. and Maclure, R. (2009) “Girls and Small Arms in Sierra Leone: Victimization, Participation and Resistance”.  In Farr, V., Myrttinen, H. and Schnabel, A. (eds.) Sexed Pistols: The Gendered Impacts of Small Arms and Light Weapons. Tokyo: United Nations University Press.

Denov, M. and Campbell, K.  (2008) “When Justice Fails: Understanding Wrongful Conviction.” In Roberts, J. and Grossman, M. (eds.)  Criminal Justice in Canada: A reader.  Toronto: Nelson Canada.

Denov, M. and Gervais, C.  (2008) “Negotiating (In)Security: Agency, Resistance and Resourcefulness among Girls Formerly Associated with Sierra Leone’s Revolutionary United Front”.  In Hawkesworth, M. and Alexander, K.  (eds.) Feminist Perspectives on War and Terror.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Denov, M.  (2007) “Youth Justice and Children’s Rights: Transformations in Canada’s youth justice system”. In Howe, B. & Covell, K.  A Question of Commitment: Children’s Rights in Canada.  Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Denov, M.  (2007) “Is the Culture Always Right?  The Dangers of Reproducing Gender Stereotypes and Inequalities in Psycho-social Interventions for War-affected Children.”  Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers.

Denov, M.  (2006)  “Sexual Violence against Girls during Situations of Armed Conflict”.  In Sturt, S. N. (ed.) New Developments in Child Abuse Research.  New York: Nova Science Publishers.

 Denov, M. and Cortoni, F.  (2006) “Women Who Sexually Abuse Children”.  In Hilarski, C. & Wodarski, J. (eds.)  Comprehensive Mental Health Practice with Sex Offenders and their Families.  New York: Haworth Press. 

Denov, M. (2005) “Children’s Rights, Juvenile Justice and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Implications for Canada”.  In Campbell, K.  (ed.) Understanding Youth Justice in Canada.  Toronto: Pearson Education.

Denov, M. (2005) “Karla Faye Tucker”.  In Bosworth, M.  (ed.) Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities.  London: Sage Publications.

Denov, M. (2005) “Political Prisoners”.  In Bosworth, M.  (ed.) Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities. London: Sage Publications.

Denov, M. and Campbell, K. (2004).  “Wrongful Conviction in Canada”.  In Roberts, J. and Grossman, M. (eds.) Criminal Justice in Canada: A Reader.  Toronto: Nelson Canada.