Rafael Harun

Rafael Harun is a postdoctoral fellow at the Balsille School of International Affairs. He is analyzing the ethnic and geographic compositions of immigrant nurses, the mismatch between their supply and demand in the Canadian labour market, and the experiences of immigrant nurses with integrating into the healthcare workforce.

Rafael received his PhD in Planning from the University of Waterloo. He has a broad research interest in evaluating socioeconomic issues of minority/marginalized population in urban areas and understanding the planning/policy implications. His doctoral thesis investigated immigrants’ residential settlement patterns and transportation outcomes and the impact of transit quality on immigrants’ choice of residential locations and commuting modes.

Previously, Rafael was a lecturer (sessional) in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo from 2015 to 2016. He taught research methodology and economic analysis for regional planning courses during the tenure. He was also a tenured lecturer at the Independent University, Bangladesh, from 2006 to 2009, teaching introductory and advanced courses in environmental science and management.


Academic/Professional Awards

  • Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship (2021)
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship (2015 – 2017)
  • President’s Graduate Scholarship (PGS), University of Waterloo (2015 – 2017)
  • QEII – GSST-Peter F. Bronfman Graduate Scholarship, University of Waterloo, ON (2013 – 2015)
  • Graduate Fellowship, School of Planning, University of Waterloo, ON (2012 – 2015)
  • Harry E. and Elizabeth S Schwarz Award for excellence in research, Clark University, MA, USA (2011)


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