Myriam Denov, Professor & Canada Research Chair

Dr. Myriam Denov is a Full Professor at McGill University and holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Youth, Gender and Armed Conflict. Her research interests lie in the areas of children and families affected by war, migration, and its intergenerational impact. A specialist in participatory research, she has worked with war-affected children and families in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Dr. 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 has authored and co-authored seven books addressing the impact of war on children including Child Soldiers: Sierra Leone’s Revolutionary United Front (Cambridge University Press) and Children Affected by Armed Conflict: Theory, Method & Practice (Columbia University Press). Her current research is exploring the intergenerational effects of wartime sexual violence and children born of wartime rape in northern Uganda, Rwanda and Cambodia. Dr. Denov is a Trudeau Fellow, and was recently was inducted into the College of the Royal Society of Canada. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar.

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Areas of interest:

  • War and political violence
  • Children in armed conflict
  • Children born of war
  • Post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding
  • War-induced migration and resettlement
  • Gender-based violence
  • International social work
  • Participatory research methods
  • Arts-based research methods

Recent grants

FRQSC Soutien aux Equipes de Recherche, 2016-2020 -$313, 820

Children and Families Affected By War: A Tri-Pillared Approach, Principal Investigator: Myriam Denov

SSHRC Insight Grant (2015-2020) - $340,000

Born of War: The Perspectives, Rights and Needs of Children Born of Wartime Sexual Violence Principal Investigator: Myriam Denov Co-Applicants: Sara Kahn, René Provost Collaborators: L. Eramian, A. Lakor, J. Mwiliriza, P. Panhavichetr

Trudeau Fellowship ( 2014-2018)-  $225,000

Born of War: The Rights and Citizenship of Children Born of Wartime Rape Principal Investigator: Myriam Denov

McGill Internal Research Fund, 2013-2018 - $20,000

Born of War: The Rights and Citizenship of Children Born of Wartime Rape,  Principal Investigator: Myriam Denov

SSHRC/IDRC Partnership Grant, (2014-2020) - $2,500,000

Networks for change and well-being: Girl-led ‘from the ground up’ policy-making addressing sexual violence Principal Investigators: Claudia Mitchell, Relebohile Moletsane Co-Applicants: Saman Ahsan, Naydene De Lange, Myriam Denov, Steven Jordan, Linda Liebenberg, Ann Macaulay, Carrie Rentschler, Eun Park, Shaheen Shariff.

Fonds de Recherche du Québec sur la Société et la Culture, Soutien aux Équipes de Recherche (Emerging Team Grant) (2012-2014)  -  $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

For a complete list of research grants, see Professor Denov's CV.



Ives, N., Denov, M., Sussman, T. (in press, 2020) Introduction to Social Work in Canada: Histories, Contexts, and Practices, second edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Denov, M., and Shevell, M. (eds.) (2019) Social Work Practice with War-Affected Children. London: Routledge.

Denov, M., and Shevell, M. (eds.) (2019) Special Issue on “Children of War and their Families: Perspectives on Social Work Practice & Education”. Journal of Family Social Work.

Denov, M. and Akesson, B. (eds.) (2017) Children Affected by Armed Conflict: Theory, Method, Practice.  New York: Columbia University Press.

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


Denov, M. and Piolanti, A. (in press, 2019) Mothers of Children Born of Genocidal Rape in Rwanda: Implications for Mental Health, Well-Being and Psycho-Social Support Interventions. Women’s International Health Care.

Denov, M., and Kahn, S. (in press, 2019) “They Should See Us as a Symbol of Reconciliation”: Youth Born of Genocidal Rape in Rwanda and the Implications for Transitional Justice. Journal of Human Rights Practice.

Green, A., and Denov, M. (2019) Mask-Making and Drawing as Method: An Arts-based Approach to Data Collection with War-affected Children. International Journal of Qualitative Research, 18: 1-13.

Kahn, S. and Denov, M. (2019) “We are Children Like Others”: Pathways to Mental Health and Healing for Children Born of Genocidal Rape in Rwanda. Transcultural Psychiatry, 1-19.

Mitchell, C., Linds, W., Denov, M., D’Amico, and Cleary, B. (2019) Beginning at the Beginning in Social Work Education: A Case for Incorporating Arts-based Approaches to Working with War Affected Children and Their Families. Journal of Family Social Work, 22, 1.

Denov, M. and Shevell, M. (2019) Social Work Practice with War-affected Children and Families: The Importance of Family, Arts-based, and Participatory Approaches. Journal of Family Social Work, 22, 1. DOI:10.1080/10522158.2019.1546809

Buccitelli, A. and Denov, M. (2019) Addressing Marginality and Exclusion: The Resettlement Experiences of War-affected Refugee Young People in Quebec, Canada. Children, 6, 18, doi:10.3390/children6020018. Special Issue: “Children on the Move: The Health for Refugee, Immigrant and Displaced Children

Denov, M., Fennig, M., Rabiau, M., and Shevell, M. (2019) Intergenerational Resilience in Families Impacted by War, Displacement and Migration: ‘It Runs in the Family’. Journal of Family Social Work, 22, 1. DOI:10.1080/10522158.2019.1546810.

Blanchet-Cohen, N., Denov, M., Bah, A., Uwababyeyi, L., and Kagame, J. (2019) Rethinking the meaning of ‘family’ for war-affected young people: Implications for social work education and practice. Journal of Family Social Work, 22, 1.

Denov, M. and Lakor A.A. (2018) Post-War Stigma, Violence, and “Kony Children”: The Responsibility to Protect Children Born in Lord’s Resistance Army Captivity in Northern Uganda. Global Responsibility to Protect, 10: 217-238.

Eramian, L., and Denov, M. (2018) Is it Always Good to Talk? The paradoxes of truth-telling by Rwandan youth born of rape committed during the genocide. Journal of Genocide Research, 20, 3. 10.1080/14623528.2018.1459240.

Woolner, L., Denov, M., and Kahn, S. (2018) “I Asked Myself if I Would Ever Love My Baby”: Mothering Children Born of Genocidal Rape in Rwanda. Violence Against Women.

Fennig, M., and Denov, M. (2018) Regime of Truth: Rethinking the Dominance of the bio-medical model in mental health social work with refugee youth. British Journal of Social Work, 1-18 doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcy036.

Denov, M., Green, A., Lakor, A.A., Arach, J. (2018) Mothering in the Aftermath of Force Marriage and Wartime Rape: The Complexities of Motherhood in Post-war northern Uganda. Journal of the Motherhood Initiative, 9, 1: 156-174.

Bilotta, N. and Denov, M. (2017) Theoretical Understandings of Unaccompanied Young People Affected by War: Bridging Divides and Embracing Local Ways of Knowing. British Journal of Social Work, 1-18. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcx130

Denov, M., Woolner, L., Bahati, J., Nkusi, P., and Shyaka, O. (2017) The Intergenerational Legacy of Genocidal Rape: The Realities & Perspectives of Children Born of the Rwandan Genocide. Journal of Interpersonal Violence: 1, 22. 10.1177/0886260517708407

Denov, M. and Lakor, A.A. (2017) When War is Better Than Peace: The Post-Conflict Realities of Children Born of Wartime Rape in Northern Uganda. Child Abuse and Neglect, 65: 255-265.

Blanchet-Cohen, N., Denov, M., Fraser, S. and Bilotta, N. (2017) The Nexus of War, Resettlement and Education: War-affected Youth’s Perspectives and Responses to the Quebec Education System. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 60, 160-168.

Akesson, B., Basso, A., and Denov, M. (2016) The Right to Home: Domicide as a Violation of Child and Family Rights in the Context of Political Violence. Children and Society, 30, 5: 369-383.

Fraser, S., Denov, M., Guzder, J., Bond, S., and Bilotta, N. (2016) Children of War: Quebec’s Social Policy Response to Children and Their Families. International Journal of Social Science Studies, 4, 7: 41-54.

Denov, M. and Akesson, B. (2016) Children and Political Violence: At the Intersection of Rights and Realities. Children and Society, 30, 5: 337-344.

Ricard-Guay, A. and Denov, M. (2016) Narratives of Ambivalence: The Ethics of Vulnerability and Agency in Research on Girls in the Sex Trade. Girlhood Studies, 9, 3: 54-70.

Denov, M. and Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2016) Trajectories of violence and survival: Turnings and adaptations in the lives of two war-affected youth living in Canada. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 22, 3: 236-245.

D’Amico, M., Denov, M., Khan, F., Linds, W., Akesson, B. (2016) Research as intervention? Exploring the health and well-being of children and youth facing global adversity through participatory visual methods. Global Public Health, 11, 5-6: 528-545.

Naz, A., Rosenberg, E., Andersson, N., Labonté, R., Andermann, A., Bari, T.I.A., Adams, A., Andermann, L., Awan, S., Betancourt, T., Chung, R., Denov, M., Dini, H.S., Dorman, P., Douma, D., Evans, T., Grais, R.F., Gunn, S., Iriart, J., Johnson, K., Khan, J., King, N., Laporta, M., MacAulay, A., Naseer, F., Nasrullah, M., Netto, G., Rasanathan, K., Salim, L., Santana, V., Servili, C., Souley, I.B., Thomas, J. (2016) Health workers who ask about social determinants of health are more likely to report helping patients: Mixed-methods study. Canadian Family Physician, 62, 11: e684-e693.

Blanchet-Cohen and Denov, M. (2015) War-affected children’s approach to resettlement: Implications for child and family services. Annals of Anthropological Practice, 39, 2: 120-133.

Denov, M. (2015) Children born of wartime rape: The intergenerational complexities of sexual violence and abuse.  Ethics, Medicine and Public Health, 11: 61-68.

Fraser, S., Denov, M., Rousseau, C., Daxhelet, M-L.  (2015) From seeking truths to seeking stories: The contribution of social sciences in the exploration of the reality of former child soldiers.  International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, 1, 3: 303-320.

Denov, M., and Marchand, I. (2014). “One Cannot Take Away the Stain”: Rejection and Stigma Among Former Child Soldiers in Colombia.  Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 20, 3: 227–240.

Akesson, B., D’Amico, M., Denov, M., Khan, F., Linds, W., Mitchell, C.  (2014) Stepping back as researchers: How are we addressing ethics in arts-based approaches to working with war-affected children in school and community settings.  Educational Research for Social Change, 3, 1: 74-88.

Denov, M., and Blanchet-Cohen, N.  (2014) The Rights and Realities of War-affected Refugee Children and Youth in Quebec: Making Children’s Rights Meaningful.  Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights, 1, 1: 18-43.

Denov, M., and Bryan, C.  (2014)  “Social Navigation and Resettlement: Separated Children in the Context of Canada”.  Refuge: Canada’s Periodical on Refugees, 30, 1: 25-34. 

Denov, M., and Marchand, I.  (2014) “I Can’t Go Home”: Forced Migration and Displacement Following Demobilization: The Complexity of Reintegration for Former Child Soldiers in Colombia.  Intervention: The International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counselling in Areas of Armed Conflict, 12, 3: 1-14.

For a complete list of Publications, see Professor Denov's CV.


Denov, M. (in press, 2019) Children Born of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Within Armed Groups: A Case Study of Northern Uganda. In Drumbl, M. and Barrett, J. (eds.) Research Handbook on Child Soldiers. New York: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Denov, M. (in press, 2019) The Intergenerational Effects of Wartime Sexual Violence: Children born of Wartime Rape in in Northern Uganda. In Alexander, K., Burtch, A., and Lorenzkowski, B. (eds.) Children, Youth and War. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Denov, M. (in press, 2019) Children born of war in northern Uganda: Stigma, marginalization, and resistance. In Greenbaum, C., (eds.) Handbook on Children and War. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Denov, M. (in press, 2019) “Mother, Is this Our Home?” Mothering in the Context of Lord’s Resistance Army Captivity: Understanding the Perspectives of Both Mothers and Children. In Lachance, S., T. Cassidy (eds). Maternal Ambivalence. Halifax: Demeter Press.

Denov, M., & Fennig, M. (in press, 2019) Assessing the Rights and Realities of War-affected Refugee Children in Canada. In Waldock, T. (ed.) The Status of Children in Canada: A Children’s Rights Analysis. Halifax: Canadian Scholars Press.

Denov, M., Blanchet-Cohen, N., Bah, A., Uwababyeyi, L., Kagame, J., and Buccitelli, A. (2018) Co-creating space for voice: Reflections on a participatory research project with war-affected youth in Canada. In Berson, I. (ed.) Participatory Methodologies to Elevate Children's Voice and Agency. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Denov, M. and Akesson, B. (2017) Approaches to Studying Children Affected by War: Reflections on Theory, Method and Practice. In Denov, M. and Akesson, B. (eds.) Children Affected by Armed Conflict: Theory, Method, and Practice. New York: Columbia University Press.

Marchand, I., Denov, M. and Ruiz Serna, D. (2017) Walking the Collective Path to Peace: A Community Engagement Strategy to Reconciliation in the Context of Armed Conflict in Colombia. In El Sayed, L., and Barnes, J. (eds.) Contemporary Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism: Research and Practice. Hedayah and Edith Cowan University.

Akesson, B., and Denov, M. (2017) Putting the Pieces Together: Future Directions in Research with Children Affected by Armed Conflict. In Denov, M. and Akesson, B. (eds.) Children Affected by Armed Conflict: Theory, Method, and Practice. New York: Columbia University Press.

Campbell, K., Denov, M., and Lenet, J. (2017) Wrongful Conviction. In Kerley, K. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Corrections. NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Akesson, B., and Denov, M. (2017) Socio-Ecological Research Methods with Children Affected by Armed Conflict: Examples from northern Uganda and Palestine. In Denov, M. and Akesson, B. (eds.) Children Affected by Armed Conflict: Theory, Method, and Practice. New York: Columbia University Press.

Buccitelli, A., and Denov, M. (2017) Youth Reintegration, Power, and Okada Riding in Post-war Sierra Leone. In Harker, C., and Horschelmann, K. (eds.) Conflict, Violence, and Peace, Vol. 11, of Skelton, T. (editor-in-chief) Geographies of Children and Young People (Springer Singapore).

Denov, M., Ricard-Guay, A. and Green, A. (2016) Girl Soldiers and the Post-War Period: Understanding the Complexities of Demobilization and Reintegration. In Sharoni, S., Welland, J., Steiner, L. and Pedersen, J. (eds.) Handbook of Gender and War. London: Edward Elgar Publishers.

Campbell, K. and Denov, M. (2016) Wrongful Convictions in Canada: Causes, Consequences and Responses. In Roberts, J. (ed.) Criminal Justice in Canada: A Reader. Toronto: Nelson Canada.

Denov, M. and Buccitelli, A. (2016) Child Soldiers: The Challenges and Opportunities in Addressing the Rights of Children Affected by War. In M. Ruck, M. Peterson-Badali, and M. Freeman (Eds.) Handbook of Children’s Rights: Global and Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Taylor and Francis.

Marchand, I., and Denov, M. (2015) The Evolving Identities of Former Child Soldiers in Colombia. In Zeiger, S., and Aly., A. (eds.) Countering violent extremism: Developing an evidence-base for policy and practice. Perth: Curtin University.

Jones, L., and Denov, M. (2015) Mothering in the Context of Isolation and Insecurity: Young Women Formerly Associated with Armed Groups in Colombia. In Takseva, T. (eds.) Mothering Under Fire. Halifax: Demeter Press.

Doucet, D., and Denov, M. (2014) “The Power of Sweet Words: Local Forms of Intervention with War-Affected Women in Rural Post-Conflict Sierra Leone”. In Mac Ginty, R. (ed). Peacebuilding. London: Sage.

Maclure, R. & Denov, M. (2014) “‘I Didn’t Want to Die So I Joined Them’: Structuration and the Process of Becoming Boy Soldiers in Sierra Leone”. In R. Jamieson (ed.) The Criminology of War. Aldershot: Ashgate. Reprint.

For a complete list, see Professor Denov's CV.