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Irene E. Routte

Irene E. Routte

PhD Student. Social Work/Anthropology Candidate

Irene Routté is a doctoral student at the University of Michigan in the joint program in Social Work and Socio-Cultural Anthropology. Her research is focused on refugee resettlement, forced migration and displacement, and centers how people are in relationship with their built and natural environment and its effects on well-being and community resilience/development. She is also engaged in research and practice at the intersection of race and immigration in the United States. Prior to her doctoral studies Irene worked in arts programming and case management with refugee youth and in higher education leadership development programs.


Year Degree   School
2008 BA Princeton University
2014 MA Harvard Divinity School
2020 MSW University of Michigan
Year Description
2023 Society of Social Work Research Conference (SSWR) Presentations: Advancing Ecological Systems Theory in Social Work Theory and Practice: Integrating History and Place into an Ecological Framework; Admissible or Not? A Critical Analysis of the U.S. Resettlement Policy of Overseas Inadmissibility Due to Substance Abuse; In the Field: Theorizing Space and Place in Social Work Research and Practice
2023 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) GCWS Graduate Student Conference “Liberating Spatiality and Temporality” Presentation: Therapeutic Wayfinding and Complex Trauma in Forced Migration: Advocating for Spatial-Based Practices with Refugee and Migrant Youth.”
2023 International Migration Research Network, Critical Reflections on Migration, Racism and Discrimination
2022 NCCR Neuchâtel Graduate Conference of Migration and Mobility Studies; Will You Take Care? Bio-Space, Racial Assemblages and the U.S. Youth Refugee Resettlement Welfare System
2022 University of Washington School of Social Work; Guest Lecturer: Surviving our Traditions- Trauma and Shame in Religious Upbringing and How it Informs our Work with Clients.

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