Raised in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland, my first degree was from Cambridge University. I completed my MA at Wilfrid Laurier University and PhD at Queen's University. Before coming to Laurier and the Balsillie School, I was director of the Southern African Research Centre and the Southern African Migration Program (SAMP) at Queen's University. My scholarly contributions include 14 authored and co-edited books, over 100 journal articles and book chapters and numerous published reports for regional and international government and civil society organizations.
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My research is focused on two major areas: (a) global migration and development, and (b) rapid urbanization and food security in the Global South.
My current research projects include: the Hungry Cities Partnership (which I direct at Laurier, with Edgar Pieterse at the University of Cape Town's African Centre for Cities); the African Food Security Urban Network; the Consuming Urban Poverty project, and SAMP's Growing Informal Cities Project. I also have close links with the International Migration Research Centre and Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the Balsillie School and am a member of the 2030+ Group at BSIA, investigating relationships between health, poverty, climate change and development in the Global South.
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Over my career, I have been awarded over $20 million in research funding from a variety of international and Canadian external funders and held research chairs at Queen’s and the Balsillie School. I was awarded the Joel Gregory Prize of the Canadian Association of African Studies for my first book on Swaziland and was recently named the top Canadian researcher in Development Studies in a Globe and Mail poll. I also hold an Honorary Professorship at the University of Cape Town.
I have particular interest and expertise in mentoring graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, in the areas of migration, food security, urbanization and poverty in the global South.