Margaret Walton-Roberts

Margaret Walton-Roberts is a professor in the Geography and Environmental studies department at Wilfrid Laurier University, and affiliated to the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo Ontario. Her research interests are in gender and migration, transnational networks in the Indian diaspora, and immigrant settlement in Canada.

Her current research project focuses on the international migration of health care professionals in the context of economic regionalisation, and Mutual Recognition Agreements within ASEAN. She has been awarded several external grants for her research, and has published 3 co-edited books, over 18 book chapters, and more than 20 journal articles on immigration and citizenship policy, settlement and integration and transnational community formation.

Her latest co-edited book The Human Right to Citizenship: A Slippery Concept is published by University of Pennsylvania Press. Dr Walton-Roberts has led projects, published outputs, mentored, engaged in knowledge transfer with policy makers and community organizations, and established an international network of scholars focused on South Asian transnational migration networks.  From 2008-2012 Dr Walton-Roberts was the inaugural Director of the International Migration Research Centre (IMRC); a research centre whose mandate is to serve as a focal point for debate, research, policy analysis, and proposal development related to international migration and mobility at the global, national and regional scale.

  1. Gender and Women
  2. Global Health
  3. Global Social Governance
  4. Migration

  • Walton-Roberts, M., (2015) "Femininity, mobility and family fears: Indian international student migration and transnational parental control." Journal of Cultural Geography 32,1.
  • Connell, J., and Walton-Roberts, M., (2105) "What about the Workforce? The Missing Geographies of Health Care." Progress in Human Geography.
  • Walton-Roberts, M. (2015) "The international migration of health professionals and the marketization and privatization of health education in India: From push-pull to global political economy." Social Science and Medicine 124: 374-382. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.10.004.
  • Chilvers, S., and Walton-Roberts, M., (2008. Published 2014): "Introduction: Deconstructing the (Re) construction of South Asian Identities in Canada," Diaspora Diaspora: a journal of transnational studies. 17, 2: 121-129.
  • Walton-Roberts, M., Beaujot, R., Hiebert, D.,McDaniel, S.,Rose, D., and Wright, R., (2014) "Why do we still need a census? Views from the age of 'truthiness' and the 'death of evidence.'" The Canadian Geographer 58,1: 34-47.
  • Walton-Roberts, M. (2013) Introduction to the special issue on South Asian Diasporas in Canada. South Asian Diaspora 5,1. 1-5.
  • Ennis, C., and Walton-Roberts, M. Forthcoming. “Labour market regulation as global social policy: the case of nursing labour markets in Oman.” Global Social Policy
  • Moniruzzaman, M., and Walton-Roberts, M. 2017 “Migration, Debt and Resource Backwash: How Sustainable is Bangladesh-Gulf Cooperation Council Circular Migration?” Migration and Development.
  • Walton-Roberts, M., Bhutani, S., Kaur, A., 2017. “Care and Global Migration in the Nursing Profession: A North Indian Perspective.” Australian Geographer 48,1: 59-77 .
  • Gill, H., and Walton-Roberts, M. 2017. “Placing the transnational migrant.” In Urbanization in a Global Context, edited by Alison Bain and Linda Peake, 245-260. Oxford University Press.
  • Walton-Roberts, M. 2017. “Immigration policy change and the transnational shaping of place.” In Rethinking International Skilled Migration, edited by Micheline van Riemsdijk and Qingfang Wang, 228-248. Routledge: New York and London.
  • Dordi, H., and Walton-Roberts, M. 2017. “Softening India Abroad: Representations of India and its diaspora in the Canadian Press.” Routledge Handbook of the Indian Diaspora, edited by R.S. Hedge and A. Sahoo, 252-266. Routledge.
  • Chikanda, Abel, Crush, Jonathan, Walton-Roberts, Margaret (Eds.). 2016. Diasporas, Development and Governance. Springer International Publishing.
  • Connell, J., and Walton-Roberts, M. 2016. “What about the Workforce? The Missing Geographies of Health Care”. Progress in Human Geography 40(2): 158–176.
  • Howard Hassmann, R., and Walton-Roberts, M. 2015. The Human Right to Citizenship A Slippery Concept. University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • Walton-Roberts, M. 2015. “The international migration of health professionals and the marketization and privatization of health education in India: From push-pull to global political economy”. Social Science and Medicine 124: 374-382.