Valerie Preston


Principal Investigator (PI) pf SSHRC partnership titled "Migration and Resilience in Urban Canada"

Valerie Preston is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the SSHRC partnership titled ‘Migration and Resilience in urban Canada’. She is a professor in the Department of Geography at York University where she teaches urban social geography. She has published extensively on issues related to migration and settlement in Canada.

Her experience as Director of two different research centres: Institute for Social Research (ISR) and Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS), Co-Chair of the CERIS Management Board, co-applicant for several research partnerships, and consultant, collaborator, and advisor with not-for-profit organizations and government have collectively provided her with the expertise to lead the partnership’s objectives of developing a robust body of evidence for policy development and program innovations that improve migrant resilience.

Collaborating with academics, researchers and community partners, Valerie leads partnership’s research programs and provides advice about knowledge mobilization. Through exchanging knowledge between academic institutions, and government and non-governmental organizations, her goals are to look at how to improve settlement outcomes and to enhance well-being in the face of economic, political, social and cultural challenges. But also, to pilot strategies that facilitate the efforts of social institutions to promote resilience.


Phone: (416) 736-2100 Ext: 22421

Immigration , Gender Issues, Urban Labour and Housing Markets

  • Shields, J. and Preston, V. "The roles of government and non-governmental actors in settlement and integration in Québec"
  • Schelosser, F. , Sultana, N. and Preston, V. "International Students and COVID-19: Experiences, Policies and Options."
  • Scholosser, F , Joseph, J. and Preston, V. "The Role of Post-Secondary Institutions in Building International Student Resilience."
  • Akbar, M. and Preston, V. "Social Characteristics Of Temporary Foreign Workers Living In Ontario and Quebec."
  • Akbar, M. and Preston, V. "Social Characteristics Of International Students In Ontario and Quebec"
  • AKbar, M. , Bedard, T. and Preston, V. "Building System Resilience"
  • Joseph,J. Preston,V. "International Student Pathway and Support in Canada"
  • Ray, B. and Preston, V. (2021) We need to focus on the problem of crowding, not density, in our cities
  • Akbar, M. and Preston, V. (2018) “The (De)valuation of Foreign Credentials in the Canadian Labour Market: A Family Perspective” In International Journal of Contemporary Economics and Administrative Sciences, in press.
  • Akbar, M., Ray, B. and Preston, V. (2018) “Trends in Immigration Class: Census 2016” BMRC Report 1, March 2018
  • Preston, V. and Ray, B. (2018). “International Migration” In D. Richardson (ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, The Earth,Environment and Technology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. Revised for 2nd Edition, in press.
  • Preston, V. and Kobayashi, A. (2018). “International Migration and Immigration: Remaking the Multicultural Canadian City” In Canadian Cities in Transition, Sixth Edition, edited by P. Filion, M. Moos, T. Vinodrai and R. Walker. Toronto, ON: Oxford University Press, in press.
  • Preston, V. Syrian “Refugee Housing Study: What Have We Learned?”, presentation to the Immigrant and Refugee Housing Committee, Toronto, May, 2018.
  • Preston, V. “Assuring Newcomer Success: Challenges And Opportunities”, keynote presentation, Ottawa Immigration Forum, Ottawa, November 2017.
  • Preston, V. “Recent York Migration Research”, Immigrant and Refugee Housing Committee, City of Toronto, January 2017.
  • Preston, V. “Reflecting on Resilience and Canadian Immigration”, presentation to Federal-Provincial-Territorial Working Group on Immigration Levels, Toronto, May 2017.
  • Preston, V. “Reflecting on Resilience and Canadian Immigration,” presentation to the Newcomer Leadership Table, Toronto, December 4, 2017.