Social scientists are increasingly challenged to demonstrate how their research and new knowledge can be mobilized and transferred to the wider community in which the research serves. Knowledge mobilization can contribute to the development of policy research that will be more significant in solving the interrelated problems of immigration and settlement as well increasing our understanding of how the growing volume of both formal and informal knowledge regarding these issues can be more effectively utilized. This paper reports on our experiences with a knowledge mobilization project developed to enhance dialogue between key stakeholders to improve licensure and employment opportunities for skilled immigrants in Canada. If knowledge is envisioned to serve a larger social justice perspective, then it needs to be conceptualized as a communication process whereby knowledge is viewed as a multidimensional artifact which can facilitate social change. We argue that knowledge mobilization through networks must emphasize access and explanation to all parties, to empower the public and to promote a serious public discourse regarding the socio economic inequalities faced by skilled immigrants.
|Keywords:||Knowledge Networks, Knowledge Mobilization, Skilled Immigrants, Research Knowledge, Social Sicences|
Associate Professor, Faculty of Health, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Doctoral Candidate Student, Department of Sociology, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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