Nik Parent

Nicolas Parent is a PhD student at the Department of Geography, under the supervision of Prof. Jon Unruh. Most recently, Nicolas lived in Peru, working as a Research Associate and Lecturer in "Migration and Development" at the Universidad del Pacífico. As part of the Centro de Investigación (CIUP), he worked with Prof. Luisa Feline Freier on projects related to the regional policy responses to the Venezuelan exodus. Prior to his stay in Latin America, Nicolas was based in Turkey for over four years, where he conducted research on the Turkish risk perception of Syrian refugees as part of his MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management. During this time, he worked with a variety of refugee-related civil society organizations, including the Observatory for Human Rights and Forced Migrants in Turkey (OHRFMT) and the Association for Solidarity with Refugees (Mülteci-Der). His current doctoral research at McGill University involves the use of ethnography to map conceptions of 'homeland' amongst Congolese refugees, and explore how these can inform current and future environmental peacebuilding approaches in the DR Congo.