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Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo, Ontario


Founded: 1911
Became a Shastri Member: 2007

Current President: Dr. Max Blouw

Number of faculty/staff: 500
Approximate annual enrollment: 15566

Member Representative: Prof . Margaret Walton-Roberts

Dr. Margaret Walton-Roberts is a human geographer trained in the UK and Canada who focuses on international migration. Her research has operated on two broad tracks; Indian emigration and transnational migrant networks; and immigration to second and third tier cities in Canada.

Her recent work focuses on a number of projects including; 1) Analysis and exploration of the links between trade and immigration using a comparative framework examining the Canada-India and Australia-India contexts; 2) The education and international migration of nurses from India; 3) Diasporas, Development and governance in the Global South; and 4) Comparative analysis of emigration circuits from Punjab and Kerala in India.

Dr. Walton-Roberts has published a number of journal articles and book chapters relating to immigration, gender, transnational networks and diasporas. She is currently the associate director of Laurier’s International Migration Research Centre.

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