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South Asian Studies Institute

South Asian Research Fellowship Program

The South Asian Studies Institute’s (SASI) Research Fellowships foster the development of evidence-based research to inform educators, policy developers, organizations and other stakeholders regarding key contemporary issues within the diasporic South Asian community. 

 The Fellowship will bring together (up to five) inter-disciplinary scholars (located both within UFV and external to the University) for a period of two years (or less) to create a nexus point for particularly designed research and related activities. The Fellows will be research scholars with a background on the South Asian Canadian Diaspora and Canada/South Asia relations. Fellows will have made contributions to diaspora-related issues in one of the following areas: public policy, business and economic development, arts and culture, civil society, political science, global development, the social sciences and humanities. 
Fellows will undertake research on SASI directed projects (for up to two years on a topic), with a goal of gathering research-based evidence and providing recommendations for SASI to further the issues and inform pertinent stakeholders. Fellows will work on applied research with the expectation that the outcomes from the Fellowship will assist in providing key findings for stakeholders as they work to find long-term, sustainable solutions to issues, and will inform best practices for appropriate responses. 
To view full terms of reference, please click: South Asian Research Fellowship TOR

2023 South Asian Research Fellow

Dr. Sarah Beaulieu

The South Asian (re)Migration from Africa Project was developed by the South Asian Studies Institute in 2022. The goal of the project was to gather the historical trajectories of South Asian Canadian families who (re)migrated from second and third countries from east Africa over the last century. 

The Community Health and Social Innovation Hub (CHASI) and the South Asian Studies Institute jointly funded the Fellowship. Dr. Sarah Beaulieu, conflict anthropologist at UFV undertook the research to follow the journeys of Abdul Aleem, Fidah and Razia Haque, Munawar Sabir and Mohinder Singh, as each of their families depart from India in search of a better life. A set of interviews revealed the long and arduous journeys of the families to the Fraser Valley. 

As the shadows of British colonialism followed, each navigated the challenges and setbacks of living in East Africa and England, before arriving at their final destination in the Fraser Valley, BC. The narratives are stories of strength, endurance, and courage.

2021 South Asian Research Fellow

Dr. Inderjeet Mann

D‌r. Inderjeet Mann was the 2021 South Asian Research Fellow. He worked on a working paper series on the South Asian Canadian Diaspora’s response to farmer’s protests in India (with a special focus on Punjab farmers). 

Dr. Mann holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi. Dr. Mann has been affiliated with Simon Fraser University in a research capacity. His Post-Doctoral Research on Political Participation of Ethnic Minorities in Canada was undertook at JNU and at the South Asian Studies Institute. The Post-doctoral work was funded by Indian Council of Social Sciences Research and the Shastri Indo Canadian Institute. His graduate research degree, M.Phil. was undertaken in the area of Human Rights.

Dr. Mann has taught political science at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Central University of Punjab and Government College, Bathinda. He participated as a Chair in the World Congress of Political Science held at Montreal in 2014. He has also participated with Amnesty International India as a member.

His current research interests include a focus on South Asian Canadian Diaspora and its issues and multifaceted aspects in Canadian state and society.

Dr. Mann was also the Peace and reconciliation Centre funded Visiting Scholar for 2021.
To view a blog write up by Dr. Mann, please visit:

2020-2021 South Asian Research Fellows

Yvon Dandurand
Dr. Satwinder Kaur Bains

Project: Assessment of Sports-Based Crime Prevention Programs in British Columbia

UFV’s South Asian Studies Institute (SASI), with the financial support of the Crime Reduction Research Program, B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, undertook an assessment of sports-based crime and violence prevention programs in our province.

Many sports-based youth programs claim to have an impact on crime prevention or on youth involvement in gangs. However, the concept of sport-based crime prevention is still in need of standardized definitions. There is also a critical need for further research and theory to identify the context and processes through which sport participation may contribute to crime prevention. For instance, further research is needed on the cognitive processes through which skills acquired through sport participation can be effectively transferred to other aspects of the participants’ life. Finally, few sports-based crime prevention programs, whether in B.C. or elsewhere, have been subjected to a rigorous evaluation. As a result, many of these programs may have overly ambitious crime prevention objectives, as well as vague rationales for their activities and limited evidence of their impact on youth crime.

This one-year project aimed to improve our understanding of the impact of sports-based crime prevention programs on youth crime and gang recruitment. The project developed the first inventory of sports-based crime prevention programs in this province, in particular in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley regions, and began to assess the extent to which current programs are aligned with best practices. Furthermore, the study assessed cultural and gender relevance, and sought to understand how these sport-based programs are integrated with other crime prevention initiatives, as well as exploring the sustainability of existing programs. The project also developed an evaluation framework and assessed the evaluability of existing programs. The project, led to the development of a training curriculum and training tools for coaches, leaders, and facilitators involved in creating and delivering effective sports-based crime prevention programs.

We acknowledge and thank the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General for the funding this important work.

2019 South Asian Research Fellows

 Yvon Dandurand

Dr. Amanda McCormick

Dr. Martha Dow

Dr. Satwinder Kaur Bains

The 2019 South Asian Research Fellowship Report developed a consultation with agencies, individuals and groups concerned with community safety. The goal of this fellowship was to develop a deeper understanding of the issues as they undertake innovative and targeted approaches to prevent gang related violence.

The work (consultation) undertaken in this report provided a focused approach to understanding violence prevention strategies aimed at South Asian Canadian youth that have been implemented in the Abbotsford region.

Recommendations made in this report helped support continuing efforts for engagement, dialogue, backing, and commitment to make our communities safer. As well, they allowed us to gain a better understanding of what more needs to be done. 

The Report is available for download by visiting: Developing Strategies on Violence Prevention and Community Safety in Abbotsford.