Jonathan Crush

University Research Professor and Professor, School of International Policy and Governance    

Jonathan Crush



Jonathan Crush

University Research Professor and Professor, School of International Policy and Governance

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Jonathan Crush is University Research Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. After completing his schooling at Waterford/Kamhlaba United World College in Swaziland, he obtained his first degree at Cambridge University and completed his M.A. at Wilfrid Laurier University and Ph.D. at Queen’s University. He has taught at the National University of Lesotho and the University of Alberta and was a member of the Queen’s faculty from 1987 to 2012. In 2008, he was awarded a Queen’s Research Chair, and in 2012 he joined the Balsillie School.

He founded the Southern African Migration Programme (SAMP) (a consortium of Canadian and African researchers) and 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, Namibia, Kenya, India and China.  He is also working with the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town on several projects including the IDRC-funded Growing Informal Cities Project and the DFID-ESRC funded Consuming Urban Poverty project.

In 2017, Jonathan led a successful Laurier application to the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Advanced Scholars (QES-AS) program for doctoral, post-doctoral and post-doctoral scholar exchanges between Canada and several countries in the South, focused on building capacity in urban food system governance

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

To follow global migration and food security issues on Facebook, go to Moving on Empty.


  • Extraordinary Professorship, University of Western Cape, 2018 –
  • The University Research Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2018-19
  • Honorary Professorship, University of Cape Town, 2006-2016
  • 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

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  • 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)
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