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. Her research interests are in gender and migration, tr...
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. 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, and international student migration.
She has been awarded several external grants for her research, and has published over 34 book chapters, and more than 46 journal articles. Her latest co-edited book, A National Project: Canada’s Syrian Refugee Resettlement Experience will be published with McGill-Queens University Press in summer 2020.
My current research focuses on the global migration of 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 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 with an international research team funded through a SSHRC insight grant to examine global nurse migration pathways between India-Canada, Philippines-Singapore, and Vietnam-Germany.