Dr. Basak Yanar is an associate scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. She holds a PhD in organizational behaviour from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Yanar’s research interests lie at the intersection of migration, work, and occupational health and safety (OHS). She studies the working conditions of newcomers to Canada and the role played by employers, the settlement sector and the OHS prevention system in promoting safe work integration of recent immigrants and refugees. Her emerging program of research explores managing occupational health and safety within the context of linguistic and cultural diversity.
Trained as an organizational behaviour researcher, Yanar is also interested in how organizations can achieve and sustain high levels of health and safety performance and promote the physical and psychological well-being of their employees. She is a qualitative researcher with a keen interest in collaboration with community organizations, employers and system partners in developing solutions to improve the health and safety of immigrant workers.
Before joining the Institute, Yanar taught as a sessional faculty at the University Toronto and the University of Windsor.
“Thinking about occupational health and safety in Canada, it is impossible not to think of immigrant workers. As Canada continues to rely on immigration for its economic growth, we need to understand how to better promote safety in linguistically and culturally diverse workplaces, and address the vulnerable working conditions immigrants find themselves in, whether they have recently arrived or not.” – Dr. Basak Yanar