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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, Wilfrid Laurier 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
Post Doctoral Fellow, Balsillie School of International Affairs

Academic interests:

  • critical border studies
  • migration and gender
  • Latin American migration
  • globalization, migration, labour

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

Greg Bird
Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University

Academic interests:

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

Alexandra Boutros
Cultural Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

Academic interests:

  • religion and media
  • ubiquitous computing
  • afrofuturism

Jonathan Crush
Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University

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
Wilfrid Laurier University

Academic interests:

  • environmental security
  • climate change
  • geopolitics
  • global security

Carol B. Duncan
Faculty of Arts, 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 and Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University

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

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 and 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

Edmund Pries
Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

Academic interests:

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

Liam Riley
Post Doctoral Fellow, 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 and Balsillie School of International Affairs

Academic interests:

  • citizenship politics
  • migration and asylum
  • border security

Meena Sharify-Funk
Religion and 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

Academic interests:

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

Margaret Walton-Roberts
Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

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