Bree Akesson

Associate Professor of Social Work
Wilfrid Laurier University

Bree Akesson, PhD, LMSW, RSW, MPH is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the Faculty of Social Work and a Research Associate with the International Migration Research Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. For the past 13 years, she has worked as a part-time clinical social worker for the Global Psychiatric Epidemiology Group in New York City.

Dr. Akesson’s program of research focuses on the experiences of war-affected children and families. She have worked in a variety of international settings including Kenya, Chechnya, Ghana, northern Uganda, Palestine, and Nigeria. She is currently working on projects in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Jordan, and Yemen. Her most recent research project funded by the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council detailed the socio-spatial the experiences of displaced Syrian refugee families in Lebanon. She is currently working on a research project that explores parenting practices in the context of war. She was recently awarded the 2019 Early Researcher Award from the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Research, Innovation, and Science.

She is the co-author of the forthcoming book From bullets to bureaucracy: Extreme domicide and the right to home to be published by Rutgers University Press, which explores the biopsychosocial impact of war-related home demolitions on families and communities.


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