Margaret Walton-Roberts

Dr. Margaret Walton-Roberts is a human geographer trained in the UK and Canada who focuses on international migration. Her research has operated on two broad tracks; Indian emigration and transnational migrant networks; and immigration to second and third tier cities in Canada.

Her recent work focuses on a number of projects including; 1) Analysis and exploration of the links between trade and immigration using a comparative framework examining the Canada-India and Australia-India contexts; 2) The education and international migration of nurses from India; 3) Immigrant attraction, retention and settlement in second tier cities; and 4) Comparative analysis of emigration circuits from Punjab and Kerala in India. Dr. Walton-Roberts has published a number of journal articles and book chapters relating to immigration, gender, and cultural dimensions of the economy. She is currently the director of Laurier's International Migration Research Centre.

Select Publications

  • Margaret Walton-Roberts and Jenna Hennebry (eds) (Accepted) Looking Over the Wall and Beyond the Fortress: New specialities of migration and migration control in the context of EU enlargement (Springer International Migration Series).
  • (2012) "Contextualizing the global nurse care chain: International migration and the status of nursing in sounth India." Global Networks 12, 2: 175-194.
  • (2011) "Immigration, the university, and the welcoming second tier city." Journal of International Migration and Integration 12, 4: 453-473.
  • (2011) "Relocating the Sikh Subject: Sikh Veterans and the Royal Canadian Legion." Sikh Formations 7, 2: 195-210.
  • (2011) "Indo-Canadian transnationality and discourses of regional (dis)advantage." Global Networks 11, 2: 203-221.
  • (2011) "Multiculturalism already unbound." In Home and Native Land: Unsettling Multiculturalism in Canada. Eds. May Chazan, Lisa Helps, Anna Stanley and Sonali Thakkar. (Toronto: Between the Lines Press) Pgs 102-122
  • (2010) "The Trade and Immigration Nexus in the India-Canada Context." In Transnational and Immigrant Entrepreneurship in a Globalized World. Eds. Benson Honig, Israel Drori and Barbara Carmichael. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press) Pgs 145-180.
  • (2010) "Student Nurses and Their Post Graduation Migration Plans: A Kerala Case Study." India Migration Report 2010, edited by S. Irudaya Rajan. (New Delhi: Routledge) 196-216.
  • (2004) "Globalization, national autonomy and Non-Resident Indians." Contemporary South Asia 13, 1: 53-69.

Academic/Professional Awards

  • Affiliation, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, Kerala, India. ( July 2008-2009)
  • Honorary Associate, Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University , Sydney Australia
  • Director, International Migration Research Centre, WLU, 2008-2011
  • Cross appointment to the Laurier Balsillie School of Graduate Programs, 2008
  • Adjunct professor Department of Geography Waterloo University, 2008