Research Project: Media and policy analysis in immigration

Location: Remote from any Canada or U.S. time zone.
Start date: As soon as possible. Project to be completed by February 15, 2018.
Deadline: This position is open until filled.

The Migrant Workers Alliance for Change (MWAC) is national coalition of migrant worker groups, legal, community and health provider organizations and unions that coordinates efforts to reform provincial and federal labour and immigration laws. MWAC assists its members in organizing migrant workers to struggle together for dignity and justice.

We are seeking a researcher to compile existing information and data on public perception on immigration in Canada, as well as key voices that are shaping new policies in the country.

The successful researcher would provide an annotated bibliography of existing survey data, and a brief summary report that answers questions  including:

  • What do Canadians think about immigration and racism? What are common stereotypes, and cultural understanding of migrant workers, undocumented people, immigration, racisms, etc?
  • Who are the trusted voices that mainstream media looks to for analysis? What are their motivations and relationships between each other?
  • Who are the voices that progressives listen to? What are their relationships with each other?
  • Who are the ‘experts’ that policy makers turn to? What are their motivations?
  • Who profits?
  • What key organizations, individuals or interests are shaping narrative and policy in (i) Academic (ii) Labour (iii) Agencies / Service Provision (iv) Activist (vi) Employer / Lobby (vii) Government sectors?

Please email with the following:

  1. A brief, no longer than 2 pages, proposal of:
    1. The steps and timelines that you would take to answer these questions;
    2. A budget for your services;
    3. Any questions we are missing
  2. 1 or 2 samples of relevant work.

We strongly encourage prospective candidates to get in touch in advance of applying to discuss the project to assist in creating a proposal. We are an equal opportunity employer. People from marginalized communities, including women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, people with disabilities, people identifying as LGBTQ2, and working class people are especially encouraged to apply.