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Vappu Tyskka

Dr. Vappu Tyyskä

Professor Emeritus
EducationBA (University of Toronto), MA (University of Toronto), PhD (University of Toronto, Sociology)

Areas of Expertise:

immigrant families; gender; youth; social policy


My research includes projects on immigrant youth and intergenerational relations; immigrant women; family violence (intimate partner violence, child abuse, elder abuse) in immigrant communities; and immigrant women and English language proficiency. I am currently working on projects that address intersections between social policy and immigration policy.

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Graduate Program Membership:

  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Immigration & Settlement Studies
  • Public Policy & Administration

Community & Professional Service:

Recent Publications:

Nichols, L., B. Ha and V. Tyyskä. 2020. Canadian Immigrant Youth and the Education-Employment Nexus, external link, opens in new window. Canadian Journal of Family and Youth 12(1):178-199.

Ha, B. and V. Tyyskä. 2019. “Private and Government Sponsorship in the Resettlement Experiences of Chinese-Vietnamese Refugees in Canada” in PDF fileThe Promise of Migration, opens in new window (pp. 35-43), edited by H. Bauder. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Valade, M.Y. and V. Tyyskä. 2019. “Social Capital, Newcomer Youth and Family Resilience” in Putting Family First. Migration and Integration in Canada, external link, opens in new window (pp. 213-230), edited by H. Bauder. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Tyyskä, V., J. Blower, S. DeBoer, S. Kawai, and A. Walcott. 2018. Canadian media coverage of the Syrian refugee crisis: Representation, response, and resettlement., external link, opens in new window Geopolitics History and International Relations 10(1): 148-166.

Nichols, L.J., T. Etemadi, and V. Tyyskä. 2017. Time poverty of Pakistani immigrant women in Toronto., external link, opens in new window South Asian Diaspora 10(1): 31-44.

Berhane A. and V. Tyyskä. 2017. Coercive Transnational Governance and Its Impact on the Settlement Process of Eritrean Refugees in Canada., external link, opens in new window Refuge 33(2): 78-87.

Nichols, L.J. and V. Tyyskä. 2015. “Immigrant women in Canada and the United States” in Immigration, Integration, and the Settlement Experience in North America,, external link, opens in new window edited by H. Bauder and J. Shields. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press. 

Tyyskä, V. 2015. Sri Lankan Tamil Families in Canada: Problems, Resiliency, and Intergenerational Solidarity. Family Science Review 20(2).

Tyyskä, V. and J. Côté. 2014. “Towards a non-Normative Youth Studies? A Framework for a Critical Conversation Between Psychologies and Sociologies of Young People” in Critical Youth Studies in the 21st Century,, external link, opens in new window edited by A. Kamp and P. Kelly. Leiden, NL: Brill.

Tyyskä, V. 2014. Youth and Society: The Long and Winding Road,, external link, opens in new window 3rd ed. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press.

Tyyskä, V. and S. Saran. 2013. PDF fileFamily Violence, external link, opens in new window. Canadian Collection. McGraw-Hill Create electronic database. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited.

Tyyskä, V. 2013. “Communication Brokering in Immigrant Families: Avenues for New Research” in Gender roles in immigrant families, external link, opens in new window (pp.103-116), edited by S. Chuang and C. S. Tamis-LeMonda. New York: Springer Science+Business Media.

Du Mont, J., I. Hyman, K. O’Brien, M. White, F. Odette and V. Tyyskä. 2012. Factors associated with intimate partner violence by a former partner by immigration status and length of residence in Canada., external link, opens in new window Annals of Epidemiology, 22(11): 772-7.

Tyyskä, V., F. Dinshaw, C. Redmond, and F. Gomes. 2012. ”Where we have come and are now trapped”: Views of Victims and Service Providers on Abuse of Older Adults in Tamil and Punjabi Families., external link, opens in new window Canadian Ethnic Studies 44(3): 59-78.

Berman, R.C. and V. Tyyskä. 2011, A Critical Reflection on the Use of Translators/interpreters in a Qualitative Cross-language Research Project., external link, opens in new window International Journal of Qualitative Methods 10(2).