Subordinate labour market is topic of next immigration & settlement seminar

Philip Kelly, professor and graduate program director in the Department of Geography in York’s Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, will discuss the subordinate labour market at the next Centre for Refugee Studies and Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration & Settlement seminar series.

Kelly will speak about the “The Deprofessionalized Filipino: Explaining Subordinate Labour Market Roles in Toronto” on Thursday, Jan. 14, from 12:30 to 2pm, at 519 York Research Tower.

Before coming to York, Kelly taught in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore and had visiting appointments at the University of London, the University of Toronto, the University of the Philippines and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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He served as president of the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies from 2007 to 2009. He is the author of Landscapes of Globalisation: Human Geographies of Economic Change in the Philippines (Routledge, 2000) and co-author of Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction (Blackwell Publishing, 2007).

He is co-investigator in the 2005 to 2010 Social Science & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and Major Collaborative Research Initiatives project on the Challenges of Agrarian Transitions in Southeast Asia. Kelly is also the principal investigator of a SSHRC Knowledge Impact in Society project, “Toronto Immigrant Employment Data Initiative”.

His recent research has focused on the labour market integration of Filipino immigrants in Toronto, the transnational linkages created with communities and families in the Philippines, and the process of socio-economic change in sending areas. More broadly, his research seeks to explore the intersection of economic processes in workplaces and labour markets with cultural processes of identity formation.

Kelly was a recipient of the 2006 Canadian Association of Geographers’ Julian M. Szeicz Award for his contributions to development studies in Southeast Asia.