Dr. Philip Kelly

Philip Kelly is a Professor and Chair of Geography at York University. He was born and raised in the United Kingdom and was educated at Oxford, McGill and UBC. His first visit to the Philippines was in 1991, when he joined a Canadian development assistance project in Aklan and Iloilo. Since arriving at York University in 2000, he has been involved in many research projects relating to Filipino migration experiences.  He led the Filipino Youth Transitions in Canada project, which involved collaboration with Filipino community organizations to examine youth educational and employment outcomes across Canada. He has also been involved in the Gabriela Transitions Survey (GATES), which examined the employment trajectories of Filipina live-in caregivers in Canada, and the Halton Pinoy Project, which studied the school experiences of Filipino youth in the Halton Catholic School Board, near Toronto. Most recently, he was the academic director of the PASSOC project, a collaboration with the Toronto Catholic School Board to develop Philippine-focused curriculum content for elementary school children. Currently, he is principal investigator of the Canada-Philippines Alternative Transnational Economies Project (the “ate” project), which examines the diverse forms of engagement between the Filipino diaspora in Canada and the Philippines.