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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- Professor, School of International Policy and Governance
Wilfrid Laurier University
Office: BSIA 318
- 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)