Dr. Suzanne Huot completed her PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (Occupational Science) at the University of Western Ontario. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia. She leads the Community-University Partnerships research group for the UBC Centre for Migration Studies. She is also serving her third term as a board member for the International Society for Occupational Science. She conducts community-based and internationally comparative research. She has collaborated with scholars in Norway, New Zealand and the United States and has partnered with several non-profit organizations to complete studies addressing immigration, community cohesion, and long-term unemployment.
Dr. Huot’s research program is centered on global migration with a focus on Francophone immigration to Canada. She addresses the occupational implications of international migration through focused, critical examination of governmental legislation, policies and discourses; of service providers and their roles; and of the experiences of individual immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Using research approaches informed by occupational science, critical social theory, and qualitative methodologies, she specifically examines ways in which governmental decisions and actions are experienced at the local scale in relation to people’s daily occupations, interrogating the effect of these high-level decisions on peoples’ social inclusion and community cohesion.