Nominated by: WomanACT
Rupaleem Bhuyan is an Associate Professor in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. As a university-based researcher, educator, and immigrant of Assamese origin, Dr. Bhuyan embraces principles of “engaged scholarship” (also known as public scholarship) by positioning research as a conduit for practitioners’ and community knowledge. Her research, teaching and service stem from a life-long commitment to address gender-based violence in immigrant and refugee communities through advocacy, participatory action research, and engaged scholarship. Since 2010, Dr. Bhuyan has led the Migrant Mothers Project (MMP), which is a feminist collaborative research project at the University of Toronto that works in partnership with a network of service providers, legal advocates, community health workers, and grassroots women. The MMP has conducted several qualitative and policy studies to understand how immigration policies impact the safety and rights of immigrant and refugee women who have a precarious immigration status. You can read more about the MMP at www.migrantmothersproject.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.