CERIS names new director

Adnan Türegün has been appointed as the new director of CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre, located at York University. His appointment is part of the transformation of CERIS, which will focus on multi-partner knowledge exchange.

Türegün is a sociologist with a BA from Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey; a master’s degree from Cumhuriyet University in Sivas, Turkey; and a doctorate from Carleton University in Ottawa. He is an adjunct AdnanTuregunresearch professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the School of Social Work at Carleton University.

Adnan Türegün

Türegün has been working in the area of immigration and settlement in various capacities since 1999. His research focuses on: 1) immigrant economic integration, particularly, access to regulated professions and trades; 2) the historical development of the Canadian settlement service sector; and 3) professionalization of settlement work. He has taught and published widely, also taking on editorial and administrative responsibilities in this area.

Before joining CERIS, Türegün was the executive director of Carleton University’s Centre for International Migration and Settlement Studies and its predecessor, the Research Resource Division for Refugees, for eight years. He has served on numerous advisory bodies and consulted governments at different levels of jurisdiction.

CERIS is a partnership of Toronto-area universities (Ryerson, Toronto and York) and three major community organizations – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, Social Planning Toronto and United Way Toronto – with participation from all levels of government. The partnership serves both as a network of researchers, practitioners and policymakers, and as a dynamic knowledge exchange hub in the field of immigration and settlement.

Luin Goldring, the former director of CERIS at York, and Valerie Preston, the York University member of the CERIS board, are enthusiastic about this appointment. “Dr. Türegün brings a wealth of experience to this position,” says Goldring. “The CERIS board is confident that under his leadership, CERIS will flourish and innovate in the process of supporting knowledge exchange for academic and non-academic researchers, community workers and policy makers in the field of immigration and settlement.”

For more information, visit the CERIS website, which is in the process of being updated to reflect the changes.