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Members

Bree Akesson
Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

Academic interests:

  • international child protection
  • psychosocial effects of war and disaster on young children and their families
  • social service workforce strengthening

Maissaa Almustafa
Balsillie School of International Affairs; Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, York University

Academic interests:

  • global migration governance
  • refugees
  • immigration and border control practices

Chris Anderson
Political Science, Wilfrid Laurier University

Academic interests:

  • Canadian citizenship
  • immigration and refugee policies
  • comparative liberal-democratic state border control
  • Canadian foreign policy

Carla Angulo-Pasel
Political Science, University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley

Academic interests:

  • Latin American politics
  • border studies
  • international migration
  • gender and feminist theory

Nusrate Aziz
School of Business and Economics, Algoma University

Academic interests:

  • migration, labour market, and trade
  • institutional quality, labour mobility, and happiness
  • economics of exchange rates
  • economics of climate change and environment

Mohita Bhatia
Independent Scholar

Academic interests:

  • borderlands
  • nation-making
  • refugees
  • citizenship

Greg Bird
Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University

Academic interests:

  • community in classical and contemporary social theory
  • community in continental
  • social and political philosophy

Masaya Llavaneras Blanco
Balsillie School of International Affairs

Academic interests:

  • human mobilities
  • feminist political economy
  • feminist geopolitics
  • political subjectivities

Alexandra Boutros
Cultural Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

Academic interests:

  • religion and media
  • ubiquitous computing
  • afrofuturism

Jonathan Crush
Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University; Balsillie School of International Affairs

Academic interests:

  • research and policies that connect migration with development
  • South-South migration
  • diaspora engagement policy
  • the nexus between migration and food security

Simon Dalby
Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University; Balsillie School of International Affairs

Academic interests:

  • environmental security
  • climate change
  • geopolitics
  • global security

Carol B. Duncan
Religion & Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University

Research interests:

  • religion and culture of the African Diaspora
  • postcolonialism
  • educational studies
  • women’s studies

Abdelfettah Elkchirid
Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

Research interests:

  • cultural and ethnic diversity
  • children and youth in immigrant families
  • the transmission of cultural values between generations and conflicts that may arise
  • the choices that minority individuals and immigrants make to adjust to mainstream culture

Paul Freston
Religion & Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University; Balsillie School of International Affairs

Academic interests:

  • religion and politics in comparative perspective
  • globalization
  • transnationalism
  • transformations in the religious field of Latin America and especially Brazil

Jenna Hennebry
Communications Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University; Balsillie School of International Affairs

Academic interests:

  • migrant worker rights and health
  • gender
  • transnationalism, mobility, and globalization
  • racialization

Madelaine Hron
English, Wilfrid Laurier University

Academic interests:

  • human rights
  • post-colonial and globalization theory
  • immigration and cross cultural encounters
  • affect, trauma, violence, and healing

Suzan Ilcan
Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo

Academic interests:

  • migration and mobilities
  • social justice and citizenship
  • humanitarianism
  • qualitative methodology

Sandy Irvine
Political Science, Wilfrid Laurier University

Academic interests:

  • international relations theory
  • internationalization of public policy
  • international migration
  • border control and security

Ginette Lafrenière
Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

Academic interests:

  • gaps in services for survivors of war and torture
  • experiences of racism within health care systems
  • economic integration of immigrants and refugees through the social economy
  • inter-generational activism amongst undergraduate university students

Lucy Luccisano
Sociology and North American Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

Academic interests:

  • globalization
  • international political economy
  • gender and development inequality
  • poverty

Sara Matthews
Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

Academic interests:

  • cultural studies of conflict and social reparation
  • social justice
  • reconciliation

Janet McLaughlin
Health Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

Interests:

  • temporary labour migration
  • health and human rights
  • workers’ compensation
  • food systems

Robert McLeman
Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

Academic interests:

  • human dimensions of environmental change
  • human migration
  • citizen participation

Jade Miller
Communication Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

Academic interests:

  • political economy of creative production
  • global media flows
  • cultural/media industry development

Bessma Momani
Political Science, University of Waterloo

Academic interests:

  • International Monetary Fund
  • international financial institutions
  • foreign policy to the Middle East
  • economic integration of the Middle East

Alison Mountz
Director, International Migration Research Centre
Canada Research Chair in Global Migration
Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University; Balsillie School of International Affairs

Academic interests:

  • migration and refugee studies, asylum, detention
  • border studies and border enforcement
  • political, feminist, and urban geography

Judith A. Nicholson
Communication Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

Academic interests:

  • mediated mobilities
  • nonverbal communication
  • race and media

Anh Ngo
Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

Academic interests:

  • critical refugee studies
  • critical multiculturalism and migration
  • cold war epistemology

Edmund Pries
Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

Academic interests:

  • global conflict
  • disarmament
  • global citizenship
  • international humanitarian law

Liam Riley
Balsillie School of International Affairs

Academic interests:

  • development geography
  • household food security
  • urban geographies
  • gender and development

Kim Rygiel
Associate Director, International Migration Research Centre
Political Science, Wilfrid Laurier University; Balsillie School of International Affairs

Academic interests:

  • citizenship politics
  • migration and asylum
  • border security

Meena Sharify-Funk
Religion & Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University

Research interests:

  • contemporary Islamic thought and identity
  • social and intellectual history of pre-modern Islam
  • peace studies
  • women in the Islamic world

Eli Teram
Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

Academic interests:

  • organizational, inter-professional and inter-organizational contexts of social work practice

Andrew Thompson
Political Science, University of Waterloo; Balsillie School of International Affairs

Academic interests:

  • international human rights
  • civil society movements
  • engagement with fragile states

Sarah Turnbull
Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo

Academic interests:

  • immigration detention and deportation
  • border control and penality
  • gender, race and inequality

Margaret Walton-Roberts
Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University; Balsillie School of International Affairs

Academic interests:

  • gender
  • Indian migration
  • immigrant settlement in mid-sized Canadian cities
  • the impact of transnational networks in both source and destination locales

Stacey Wilson-Forsberg
Human Rights and Human Diversity, Wilfrid Laurier University

Academic interests:

  • immigrant integration (especially in small communities)
  • context of reception (i.e., welcoming communities)
  • civic engagement of immigrants and receiving community
  • involvement of immigrants in community development initiatives

Jasmin Zine
Sociology, Cultural Analysis and Social Theory, Wilfrid Laurier University

Research areas:

  • critical race and ethnic studies
  • post-colonial theory and research methodologies
  • education and social justice
  • Muslim women’s studies

Staff

Sean Lockwood
Research and Program Coordinator, International Migration Research Centre

Contact Us:

E: imrc@wlu.ca
T: 226.772.3183
Office Location: Balsillie School of International Affairs, Room 242, 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON