Suzanne Huot

Associate Professor

Research Classification

Research Interests

asylum seekers
community-engaged research
critical theory
francophone minority communities
Migration Studies
Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges
occupational science
Qualitative research
social inclusion
social integration
Platform economy

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Affiliations to Research Centres, Institutes & Clusters

Research Options

I am available and interested in collaborations (e.g. clusters, grants).
I am interested in and conduct interdisciplinary research.

Research Methodology

critical theory
Qualitative Research
visual, dialogical and observational methods
community-engaged research


Doctoral students
Postdoctoral Fellows

global migration, occupational science, francophone minority communities

I support public scholarship, e.g. through the Public Scholars Initiative, and am available to supervise students and Postdocs interested in collaborating with external partners as part of their research.

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The spatiality of occupation in a migration context : exploring French-speaking immigrants’ occupational engagement in Francophone community sites in Metro Vancouver (2020)

International migration is receiving increasing attention in occupational science, especially the interactions between the environments, the occupations and the identities of voluntary and forced migrants. The perspective of viewing these as related, but largely independent of one another can conflict with those in the discipline who have been advocating a transactional approach for more than a decade. Moreover, little remains known about the production of space occurring through occupational engagement and the spatiality of occupation in a migration context. This critical ethnography explores the occupations of French-speaking voluntary and forced migrants (immigrants) in Metro Vancouver, in a Francophone minority context. Taking a transactional approach to the study of occupation and drawing from Lefebvre’s theory of the production of space, this research examines the meaning and the production of Francophone spaces in French-speaking immigrants’ daily lives. Attention was paid to diverse intersecting identity markers in immigrants’ experiences and in the production of Francophone spaces. More specifically, partnerships were established with three Francophone community sites and I collected data through in-depth and go-along interviews with fifteen immigrants, and three key informant interviews. Combining transactionalism and Lefebvre’s theory of the production of space allowed me to analyse the production of formal Francophone community spaces through (1) their conception by their leadership, (2) immigrants’ perceptions and understandings and (3) the lived experiences of occupational engagement in these spaces. I paid particular attention to the production of these spaces in regard to the diversity stemming from international migration. While occupational engagement in French was fluid over spaces, formal Francophone spaces represented stable French-speaking landmarks in the Anglo-dominant context of Metro Vancouver. The production of stable spaces, durable over time required a conception by their leaderships and shared perception by the participants. However, occupation was the omnipresent element in both formal and informal spaces, and while it was dominated by the two other components, conceived and perceived space in formal Francophone spaces, it was ultimately shaping these spaces.

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