Call for applications: Book Review Editor or Co-Editor, Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees


Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees is a non-profit, independently published, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal. Founded in 1981, it publishes articles in English and French from a wide range of disciplinary and regional perspectives, presenting work of academics, policy-makers, and practitioners in the field of forced migration. The journal provides space for discussion of emerging themes and debates, as well as ongoing topics. It also features a book/film review section and occasionally publishes special issues on specific themes related to forced migration. All Refuge articles are open access. They are indexed and abstracted widely, from the DOAJ, Érudit, Google Scholar and Scopus (Elsevier) to PAIS International (ProQuest).


Refuge invites applications for the position of Book Review Editor. We are open to two co-editors sharing the role. This honorary position is for a 3-year term, renewable for an additional term. 


Reporting to the Editor-in-Chief, the Book Review Editor’s responsibilities include:

  • Identifying and soliciting relevant books/films for review;
  • Identifying reviewers for book/films;
  • Undertaking quality control and editorial review of book/film reviews; and,
  • Developing and updating book/film review guidelines, in consultation with the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor.
  • Updating the editorial team, headed by the Editor-in-Chief, on the status of pending reviews (either by email or at our bi-monthly editorial team meetings).


The Book Review Editor should be a scholar whose research interests include migration. Applicants must hold a PhD (or be close to completion) and be affiliated with a postsecondary institution (as a SSHRC-funded journal, a minimum of one-third of our core editorial team must be affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution). Preference will be given to candidates with a reading knowledge of both English and French.


In particular, applications should highlight any previous editorial or reviewing experience, international or community connections, and/or interdisciplinary research relating to refugees and forced migration.


Interested candidates should submit their CV, together with a short letter explaining their qualifications and interest, the names of two references, and a brief statement on their commitment to fostering the journal’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusivity (EDI), by email to Deadline: May 30, 2024. 


Questions can be directed to the current editor-in-chief, Prof. Dagmar Soennecken, at Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  Thank you for your interest!