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Jonathan Crush was raised in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland. After obtaining his first degree at Cambridge University, he moved to Canada and completed his M.A. at Wilfrid Laurier University and Ph.D. at Queen’s University.  He was a member of the Queen’s faculty from 1987 to 2012 when he joined the Balsillie School.

He founded the Southern African Migration Programme (SAMP) (a consortium of Canadian and African researchers) in 1997 which is now housed at the International Migration Research Centre at the BSIA.  In 2005, he co-founded the African Food Security Urban Network (AFSUN), a research, policy and capacity-building network of Canadian and African universities, NGOs and municipal governance networks.  Since joining the Balsillie School, he has established the Hungry Cities Partnership which links colleagues from Laurier and Waterloo with partners in Mexico, Jamaica, South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, India and China.  He is also working with the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town, where he holds an Honorary Professorship, on several projects including the IDRC-funded Growing Informal Cities Project and the DFID-ESRC funded Consuming Urban Poverty project.

Jonathan is a frequent commentator on issues of migration, food security and xenophobia in the Global South and has consulted for the IOM, ILO, UNDP, UNAIDS, UNESCO, DFID and various African governments.

Jonathan is interested in hearing from prospective MA and PhD students and Post-Doctoral Fellows with research interests in global development, international migration, urbanization and urban food issues.

To watch an interview with Dr. Jonathan Crush, go to CIGI’s Inside the Issues 2.19: “International Migration and Development”.

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Academic / Professional Awards

  • Honorary Professorship, University of Cape Town, 2004 (renewed in 2011)
  • SSHRC Insight Grant, 2015
  • SSHRC-IDRC IPaSS Partnership Grant, 2014
  • Top Canadian scholar in Development Studies, Globe and Mail Survey, 2012
  • CIGI Research Chair in Global Migration and Development, 2012
  • Queen’s Research Chair in International Migration, 2008
  • CIDA UPCD Tier One Award, 2008
  • Joel Gregory Prize, Canadian Association of African Studies, 1989
  • Canada Research Fellowship, 1987
  • Professor, School of International Policy and Governance
  • Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Office: BSIA 318

  • (226) 772-3123

  • Ph.D., Queen’s University, 1984
  • M.A., Wilfrid Laurier University, 1978
  • Cert. Ed., Cambridge University, 1976
  • B.A. (Hons), Cambridge University, 1975 (M.A. 1978)


  • Crush, J. and J. Battersby, eds. 2016. “Rapid Urbanization, Urban Food Deserts and Food Security in Africa”. London: Springer.
  • Chikanda, A., J. Crush and M. Walton-Roberts, eds. 2016. “Diasporas, Development and Governance”. London: Springer.
  • Tawodzera, G., L. Riley and J. Crush. 2016. “Following the Crisis: Poverty and Food Security in Harare, Zimbabwe”. Journal of Food & Nutritional Disorders. 5 (5).
  • Chikanda, A. and J. Crush. 2016. “The Geography of Refugee Flows to Zimbabwe”. Geographical Review. 35: 18-34.
  • Crush, J., A. Chikanda and C. Skinner, eds. 2015. ” Mean Streets: Migration, Xenophobia and Informality in South Africa”. Ottawa: IDRC.
  • Campbell, E. and J. Crush. 2015. “They Don’t Want Foreigners: Zimbabwean Migration and Xenophobia in Botswana”. Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture. 6: 159-180.
  • Crush, J. 2015. “The EU-ACP Migration and Development Relationship”. Migration and Development. 4 (1):39-54.
  • Crush, J. and A. Chikanda. 2015. “South-South Medical Tourism and the Quest for Health in Southern Africa”. Social Science & Medicine. 124: 313-332.
  • Crush, J., A. Chikanda and G. Tawodzera. 2015. “The Third Wave: Mixed Migration from Zimbabwe to South Africa”. Canadian Journal of African Studies. 49 (2): 363-382.
  • Labonte, R., D. Sanders, T. Mathole, J. Crush et al. 2015. “Health Worker Migration from South Africa: Causes, Consequences and Policy Responses”. Human Resources for Health. 3 (92).
  • Crush, J. 2015. “Global Migration”.  International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavorial Science, 2nd edition. Edited by J. Wright. 169-173. Oxford: Elsevier.
  • Crush, J. and S. Ramachandran. 2015. “Doing Business with Xenophobia”. Mean Streets: Migration, Xenophobia and Informality in South Africa. Edited by J. Crush, A. Chikanda and C. Skinner. 25-59. Ottawa: IDRC.
  • Peberdy, S., J. Crush et al. 2015. “Transnational Entrepreneurship and Informal Cross-Border Trade with South Africa”. Mean Streets: Migration, Xenophobia and Informality in South Africa. Edited by J. Crush, A. Chikanda and C. Skinner. 207-228. Ottawa: IDRC.
  • Anich, R., J. Crush, S. Melde and J. Oucho, eds. 2014. “A New Perspective on Human Mobility in the South”. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Crush, J. 2014. “Southern Hub: The Globalization of Migration to South Africa”. International Handbook on Migration and Economic Development. Edited by R. Lucas. 211-240. London: Edward Elgar.
  • Chikanda, A. and J. Crush. 2014. “Diasporas of the South”. A New Perspective on Human Mobility in the South. Edited by R. Anich, J. Crush, S. Melde and J. Oucho. 65-88. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Crush, J. 2014. ” Approaching Food Security in Cities of the Global South”. Routledge Handbook on Cities of the Global South. Edited by S. Parnell and S. Oldfield. 543-55. London: Routledge.
  • Crush, J. and A. Chikanda. 2014. ” Forced Migration in Southern Africa”. The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration. Edited by E. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh et al. 554-570. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Crush, J. and B. Frayne. 2014. ” Feeding African Cities: The Growing Challenge of Urban Food Insecurity”. Africa’s Urban Revolution. Edited by S. Parnell and E. Pieterse. 120-132. London: Zed Books.
  • Crush, J. and G. Tawodzera. 2014. “Exclusion and Discrimination: Zimbabwean Migrant Children and South African Schools”. Journal of International Migration and Integration. 15: 677-693.
  • Battersby, J. and J. Crush. 2014. ” Africa’s Urban Food Deserts”.  Urban Forum. 25: 143-151.
  • Crush, J. and M. Caesar. 2014. “City Without Choice: Urban Food Security in Msunduzi, South Africa”. Urban Forum. 25: 165-175.
  • Pendleton, W., J. Crush and N. Nickanor. 2014. “Migrant Windhoek: Rural–Urban Migration and Food Security in Namibia”. Urban Forum. 25: 191-206.
  • Frayne, B., J. Crush and M. McLachlan. 2014. “Urbanization, Nutrition and Development in Southern African Cities”.  Food Security. 6: 101-112.
  • Crush, J. and G. Tawodzera. 2014. “Medical Xenophobia and Zimbabwean Migrant Access to Public Health Services in South Africa”. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 40 (4): 655-670.
  • Crush, J. 2013. ” Linking Migration, Development and Urban Food Security”. International Migration. 51 (5): 61-75.
  • Crush, J. and G. Tawodzera. 2013. “The Perilous Trek: Zimbabwean Child Migrants and Access to Education in South Africa”. Refugees, Immigrants, Education in the Global South: Lives in Motion. Edited by L. Bartlett and A. Ghaffar-Kucher. 54-69. New York: Routledge.
  • Crush, J. 2013. “South Africa As Dystopia: Diaspora Views from Canada”. Commonwealth and Comparative Politics. 51 (2): 189-209.
  • Crush, J., A. Chikanda and W. Pendleton. 2012. “The Disengagement of the South African Medical Diaspora in Canada”. Journal of Southern African Studies. 38 (4): 27-49.
  • Crush, J., W. Pendleton, A. Chikanda, C. Eberhardt, M. Caesar and A. Hill. 2012. ” Diasporas on the Web: New Networks, New Methodologies”.  Handbook of Research Methods in Migration. Edited by C. Vargas-Silva. Edward Elgar.
  • Crush, J. and W. Pendleton. 2012. “The Brain Drain Potential of Students in the African Health and Nonhealth Sectors”. International Journal of Population Research. Vol 2012 Article ID 274305.
  • Crush, J. and D. Tevera, eds. 2011. “Zimbabwe’s Exodus: Crisis, Migration, Survival”. Ottawa: IDRC.
  • Crush, J. and B. Frayne. 2011. “Urban Food Security and the New International Food Security Agenda”. Development Southern Africa. 28 (4): 527-44.
  • Crush, J. and B. Frayne. 2011. “Supermarket Expansion and the Informal Food Economy in Southern African Cities: Implications for Urban Food Security”. Journal of Southern African Studies. 37 (4): 781-807.
  • Crush, J., S. Drimie, B. Frayne and M. Caesar. 2011. “The HIV and Urban Food Security Nexus in Africa”. Food Security. 3: 347-62.
  • Crush, J., A. Hovorka and D. Tevera. 2011. “Food Security in Southern African Cities: Food Production and Household Food Insecurity”. Development Studies. 11 (4): 285-305.

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