Dr. Margaret Walton-Roberts is a human geographer trained in the UK and Canada who focuses on international migration. She is a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), Waterloo Canada, and currently a visiting Sabbatical Researcher at the Asian Research Institute, National University of Singapore. Her research interests are in gender and migration, transnational networks, and immigrant settlement. Her current research focuses on gender and the international migration of health care professionals in the context of India, and international student migration.
She has been awarded several external grants for her research, and has published over 29 book chapters, and more than 40 journal articles. Her latest co-edited book, The Human Right to Citizenship: A Slippery Concept, was published by University of Pennsylvania Press.
My current research focuses on the global migration of Indian trained nurses. This began with a Shastri faculty training grant to explore gender and skilled migration from Kerala. This was followed with a three-year standard research grant from SSHRC on India's role in the Global Nurse Care Chain. This project involved coordination and collaboration between myself and colleagues in north and south India and the bringing together of multidisciplinary research methods in a cross-cultural context. The project found that overseas migration opportunities are mediated by important transnational and diaspora-led investments in the health and education sector in India and in the migration recruitment intermediary sector. I continued this research in Canada (CERIS grant) to examine how these transnational sectors interact within diverse regulatory landscapes and contribute to mobilizing labour, capital and ideas across internationalized nursing labour markets. Based on this I received a SSHRC knowledge Synthesis grant to explore the intersection of nursing regulatory and immigration systems in Canada. Based on this work the research team I led released two short films on internationally educated nurses produced with the knowledge synthesis grant (watch the first video; watch the second video). Current research continues to examine changing immigration policy in Canada with reference to international students.
Through my research I have funded and directed 15 research assistants and graduate students over the last six years. I have also worked with international research teams of graduate students in India, and mentored international graduate students there. In 2014 I was awarded the Laurier Faculty Mentorship award for my work with graduate students. Wherever possible I encourage students to publish their own work or offer them opportunities to co-author with me. This recent award reflects my ongoing commitment to student and colleague success.
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of immigration, transnationalism, diaspora, gender, migration and skilled worker migration.
To see more of my publications please visit my researchgate.net profile.
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