Srabani Maitra is a sociologist of education and an adult educator. She has a PhD in Adult Education and Community Development from OISE at the University of Toronto. She is interested in issues of adult learning, skill, racial and class relations, transnational migration, lifelong learning, vocational education and education policy. Over the years, she has deeply engaged in community campaigns around issues such as anti-racism, anti-poverty, and education reform in Canada. Her pedagogy, underpinned by a social justice lens, is committed towards foregrounding suppressed voices, anti-racist and anti-colonial education as well as systemic changes.
Srabani Maitra's research combines interdisciplinary theories and methodologies from sociology and education to focus on the issues of education/ learning, workplace skill training, transnational migration and community development.
She has drawn on the arts-informed qualitative research to raise public awareness about socio-economic inequities and struggles of marginalized groups. In this regard, she has developed and designed (as part of a team), a multi-media ethnodrama focusing on the gendered and racialized nature of work in post-Fordist economy.
She has also completed a documentary film, “Journey to Find Myself Again” funded by York University Faculty Association, Canada. This film is around the causes of social inequities experienced by immigrant women of colour in the Canadian labour market.
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