Dr. Catherine Baillie Abidi is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Child and Youth Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University with over 20 years child protection and humanitarian experience and over 10 years research and teaching experience. Dr. Baillie Abidi was previously the Director of Research & Learning at the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security at Dalhousie University and co-chairs an emerging international Children, Peace and Security Research Network. She has extensive experience researching, publishing and teaching in the areas of peace and conflict, children affected by armed violence, and international humanitarian law and is an Adjunct Professor in International Development Studies at Dalhousie University and Global Development Studies at Saint Mary’s University. Dr. Baillie Abidi’s research program is focused on violence prevention, and particularly on preventing the recruitment and use of children in armed violence, leading to new social policy and enhanced children’s rights frameworks. As a scholarly practitioner, Dr. Baillie Abidi prioritizes participatory research with communities.
PhD (2015) St. Francis Xavier University – Educational Studies
MA (2008) Mount Saint Vincent University – Lifelong Learning
BA (2000) Dalhousie University – International Development
BSc (2000) Dalhousie University – Health Education
Research & Teaching Interests:
- Children’s Rights
- Children, Peace & Security
- Violence Prevention & Transformation
- Forced Migration
- Youth Engagement
- Participatory Social Action
Baillie Abidi, C. & Nourpanah, S. (Eds). (2019). Refugees and forced migration: A Canadian perspective. Halifax, NS: Nimbus Publishing.
Baillie Abidi, C. (2018). Pedagogies for building cultures of peace: Challenging constructions of an enemy. New York, New York: Brill/Sense Publishing.
Baillie Abidi, C. (forthcoming). Stories of war and peace: Forced migration perspectives. In M. Echler, R. Green, and T. Moniz (Eds.), Community Stories of War and Peace. Halifax, NS: Nimbus.
Lange, E., & Baillie Abidi, C. (2015). Rethinking social justice and adult education for welcoming, inclusive communities: Synthesis of themes. In S. Guo and E. Lange (Eds.), Transnational Migration, Social Inclusion and Adult Education. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Brigham, S., Baillie Abidi, C., Tastsoglou, E., & Lange, E. (2015). Informal adult learning and emotion work of service providers of refugee claimants. In S. Guo and E. Lange (Eds.), Transnational Migration, Social Inclusion and Adult Education. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Baillie Abidi, C. (2014). Exploring humanitarian law: Perspectives from educators and youth in Atlantic Canada. In H. Smits & R. Naqvi (Eds.). Framing Peace: Thinking About and Enacting Curriculum as Radical Hope. New York: Peter Lang.
Harkins, M.J., Baillie Abidi, C., Pynn-Crowe, T., & Verri, R. (2014). Exploring humanitarian law: Tools & methods for fostering global citizenship. In S.A. Lawrence (Ed.). Critical Practice in P-12 Education: Transformative Teaching and Learning. Hersey, PA: IGI Global.
Kevany, K, Lange, E., Cocek, C., & Baillie Abidi, C. (2013). Online graduate programs and intellectual isolation: Fostering technology-mediated interprofessional learning communities. In V. Wang (Ed.). Technologies for Improving the 21st Century Workforce: Tools for Lifelong Learning. Hersey, PA: IGI Global.
Brigham, S., & Baillie Abidi, C. (2012). International female migration to Atlantic Canada through mediated match making agencies. In D. Naugler (Ed.), Canadian perspectives of sexuality studies. Toronto, ON: Oxford University Press.
Baillie Abidi, C. & Cleave, L. (forthcoming). Translating early warning into early action: Preventing the recruitment and use of children as soldiers. Civil Wars.
Baillie Abidi, C. (2021). Prevention, protection and participation: Children affected by armed conflict. Frontiers in Human Dynamics. DOI: 10.3389/fhumd.2021.624133.
Whitman, S. & Baillie Abidi, C. (2020). Preventing recruitment to improve protection of children. Allons-y: Journal of Children, Peace and Security, 4, 24-36.
Navarro Vigil, Y. & Baillie Abidi, C. (2018). “We” the refugees: Reflections on refugee labels and identities. Refuge, 34(2).
Brigham, S., Baillie Abidi, C., & Calatayud, S. (2018). Migrant women learning & teaching through participatory photography. The Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education, 30 (2), 101-114.
Tastsoglou, E., Baillie Abidi, C., Brigham, S., & Lange, E. (2014). (En)Gendering vulnerability: Immigrant service providers perceptions of needs, policies, and practices related to gender and women refugee claimants in Atlantic Canada. Refuge, 3(2), 67-78.
Baillie Abidi, C., & Harkins, M.J. (2012). Canadian secondary social studies teachers & humanitarian education: Teaching & learning about international humanitarian law. Canadian Perspectives: Education Coast to Coast to Coast, 2, 1-28.
Harkins, M.J., & Baillie Abidi, C. (2012). Teaching & learning about humanitarian law. Perspectives from Canadian teachers. Brock University, Teaching and Learning, 7(3),16-28.
Brigham, S., & Baillie Abidi, C. (2009). International female migration to Atlantic Canada through mediated match making agencies. Atlantis: A Women’s Study Journal, 34(1), 159-168.