Kira Williams

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Postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Communication Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

Kira Williams is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Communication Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, in Waterloo, Ontario. She holds a PhD in Geography from Wilfrid Laurier University. Kira's research focuses on international migration, analytical methodology and public policy. Her recent projects include exploring unaccompanied minor journeys across the Mediterranean to the EU, statistically analysing gendered pay gaps in Canada and mapping the relationship between migration and business performance in Canada. Kira also conducts research on the effects of border enforcement on migration and loss of life worldwide.



  1. Momani, B., Dreher, E. & Williams, K. (2019). More than a Pipeline Problem: Evaluating the Gender Pay Gap in Canadian Academia from 1996 to 2016. Canadian Journal of Higher Education
  2. Williams, K., & Mountz, A. (2018). Between enforcement and precarity: externalization and migrant deaths at sea. International Migration.
  3. Maillet, P., Mountz, A., & Williams, K. (2018). Exclusion through imperio: entanglements of law and geography in the waiting zone, excised territory and search and rescue region. Social & Legal Studies.

BMRC-IRMU: temporary foreign workers in cities. Kira Williams currently works on estimating and predicting the locations and numbers of temporary foreign workers in Canadian municipalities, with a pilot in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. She is undertaking this research using approaches from neoclassical labour migration theory and Bayesian statistics. This project collaborates with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, International Migration Research Centre as well as the Regional Municipality of Waterloo.