Bringing together diverse approaches and case studies of international health worker migration, Global Migration, Gender, and Health Professional Credentials critically reimagines how we conceptualize the transfer of value embodied in internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs). This volume provides key insights into the economistic and feminist concepts of global value transmission, the complexity of health worker migration, and the gendered and intersectional intricacies involved in the workplace integration of immigrant health care workers. The contributions to this edited collection uncover the multitude of actors who play a role in creating, transmitting, transforming, and utilizing the value embedded in international health migrants. This panel explores some of the issues included in the collection, drawing upon diverse intellectual perspectives on the issue of health worker migration.
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Sarah Turnbull, Co-lead of the Migration, Mobilities, and Social Politics Research Cluster
Welcome and introduction to panelists
Dr. Sarah Turnbull is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo. She is a Fellow of Balsillie School for International Affairs. Dr Turnbull researches, teaches, and supervises in the areas of critical border and migration studies and border criminology; criminology and sociolegal studies; punishment, parole, and reentry; postcolonial, antiracist, and feminist thought; and qualitative research methods.
Margaret Walton-Roberts, Co-lead of the Migration, Mobilities, and Social Politics Research Cluster
Chair and introduction to the collection
Dr. Margaret Walton-Roberts is a human geographer trained in the UK and Canada who focuses on international migration. She is currently a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo Canada. Her research interests are in gender and migration, transnational networks, and immigrant settlement.
Care and global value chains
Dr. John Ravenhill is the Chair of the Political Science department at the University of Waterloo. He is the former Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Dr Ravenhill’s primary research is in the fields of production and trade, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. His most recent book, co-authored with Rick Doner and Greg Noble, is The Political Economy of Automotive Industrialization in East Asia (Oxford University Press, 2021).
Health worker immigration: Reducing brain waste
Arthur Sweetman is a Professor in the Department of Economics at McMaster University where he holds the Ontario Research Chair in Health Human Resources. He is also a member of McMaster’s Center for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA). His research is primarily at the intersection of health economics and labour markets.
Dr. Ivy Lynn Bourgeault is a Professor in the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies at the University of Ottawa and the University Research Chair in Gender, Diversity and the Professions. She leads the Canadian Health Workforce Network and the Empowering Women Leaders in Health initiative. Dr. Bourgeault has garnered an international reputation for her research on the health workforce, particularly from a gender lens.
Intermediaries and health worker migration
Abel Chikanda is an Associate Professor in the School of Earth, Environment and Society at McMaster University. His research focuses on skilled labour migration, diasporas and development, and urban food security in the Global South. He has held teaching positions at the University of Zimbabwe and the University of Kansas.