David Zarifa

Canada Research Chair in Life Course Transitions in Northern and Rural Communities

Tier 2 - 2015-10-01
Renewed: 2020-07-01
Nipissing University
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

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Research involves

Examining the role of socio-demographic characteristics in how people gain education and skills, maintain their skills, and experience the labour market.

Research relevance

The research will provide important information about the educational challenges facing youth and families in northern and rural contexts.

Research summary

Dr. Zarifa’s Canada Research Chair renewal research will investigate how individuals in northern and rural contexts navigate the increasingly complex school and work transitions in today’s knowledge-based economy. This innovative research aims to 1) enhance our understanding of the postsecondary pathways of youth from varied sociodemographic backgrounds; 2) explore and explain the challenges faced by youth as they enter higher education and transition from school to work; 3) empirically measure the nature of northern and rural out-migration, skill migration, and skills proficiencies; and 4) assess the workforce inequalities faced over the life course by various social groups.