Dr. Halperin is a Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology. She is a member of the research excellence cluster on migration at UBC, Policy and Community – University Partnerships working groups. Amira is an expert of immigration and media, researching Middle Eastern refugees and asylum seekers for the last 15 years. Amira consulted to the British Parliament on migrant communities in United Kingdom.
Her research interests include inclusion and integration, social media, and government policies. She has been teaching migration, digital media, politics and government, Middle East migration and media, as well as additional courses.
Her current research focuses into the practices and institutional support given to Syrian refugees in the first years after their arrival in Canada. Her work includes interviews with Syrian refugees and examination of government policies to better understand how Canada's refugee system operates and how refugees operate inside. The aim of the research project is to write recommendations for Canadian and BC Provisional government.
She holds an MA in International Journalism (Broadcast), and PhD in Communication and Media from University of Westminster, United Kingdom. Amira conducted pioneering research on the impact of the new media on the Palestinian community, both in the Middle East and in the Diaspora. In 2018, her book: 'The Use of New Media by the Palestinian Diaspora in the United Kingdom', was published, and has been reviewed as a breakthrough research.
Amira worked as an Investigative Journalist and Television Reporter (1999-2006). The highlight of this route was her work on BBC 'Panorama' – the longest running current affairs program, researching the integration of the Muslim community in Britain.
Dr. Halperin presents her research at international academic conferences, United Nations, international organizations, and governments. She appears regularly on the media as a commentator.