Displacement, Resettlement and Global Mental Health (2013-2014)
The Kenan Institute for Ethics’ ongoing fieldwork in Nepal, Egypt and locally in the Triangle on displacement and well-being indicates that efforts to provide solutions to displacement have effects for refugees’ mental health. This project team built on an existing archive of refugee narratives from urban, refugee camp and resettlement contexts collected as part of the Institute’s programming. Using this research as a point of departure, the team studied how the resettlement process, a global and transnational program where refugees are provided settlement in countries such as the United States, affects the mental health and well-being of refugees.
While there are growing bodies of research on pre- and postdisplacement, this project was innovative in that it considers resettlement as a global process that has implications for refugee health at different points, from the country of first asylum to the resettlement country. Prior research was augmented by additional fieldwork in Jordan. The primary focus was on the effects of displacement and resettlement on three communities: Bhutanese, Iraqis and Syrians.
2013-2014 and Summer 2015
This Team in the News
Bass Connections has been an amazing experience. My experience challenged me to grow both intellectually and as a person. —Michelle Khalid
Additional support for this project was provided by the Silver Family Kenan Institute for Ethics Fund in Support of Bass Connections.
/faculty/staff Team Members
Nadia El-Shaarawi, Kenan Institute for Ethics
Eve Puffer, Arts & Sciences-Psychology and Neuroscience*
Abdul Sattar Shakhly, Arts & Sciences-Asian and Middle Eastern Studies*
Suzanne Shanahan, Kenan Institute for Ethics|Arts & Sciences-Sociology*
/graduate Team Members
Sonia Hatfield, Public Policy Studies-MPP
Elizabeth MacFarlane, Global Health - MS
/undergraduate Team Members
Grace Benson, Public Policy Studies (AB)
Leena El-Sadek, Cultural Anthropology (AB), Global Health (AB2)
Kimberly Farmer, Public Policy Studies (AB)
Malena Price, Int Comparative Studies (AB)
Julie Stefanich, Cultural Anthropology (AB)