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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 17, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Margaret Walton-Roberts

Associate Professor, Geography; Associate Director, International Migration Research Centre

Contact Information
Phone: 519 884-0710 ext.2263   |  lab 226-772 3138
Other Phone: 519-496 0488

Office Location: 3C12 Arts

Personal Website:
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Academic Background

PhD Geography, University of British Columbia, 2001

Google Scholar link

Curriculum Vitae


International Migration Research Centre (IMRC)

The Balsillie School of International Affairs

Member of the International Editorial Board Migration and Development



Margaret Walton-Roberts is an associate professor in the Geography and Environmental studies department at Wilfrid Laurier University Ontario, and associate director of the International Migration Research Centre. Her research addresses gender, Indian migration, immigrant settlement in mid-sized Canadian cities, and the impact of transnational networks in both source and destination locales. Her Indian related research can be grouped into the following areas: Her focus on gendered migration within transnational contexts includes examining the phenomena of India-Canada transnational marriages, immigrant settlement in smaller towns and cities, and skilled emigration of nurses from different regions in India. In terms of transnational networks she has published a number of articles highlighting the role of immigration and remittances in transnational community formation and maintenance including work on health philanthropy, remittance-led village projects in Punjab, explorations of the role of the state and community in the nature of transnational relations between Non Resident Indians and sending communities. Recent work following up on the transnational network theme examines the links between immigration and trade between Canada and India, in contrast to Australia-India relations.

In the News
New guest edited special issue of South Asian Diaspora on the South Asian Diaspora in Canada.

Diasporas, Development and Governance in the Global South, CIGI blog

Dr Walton-Roberts interviewed on CIGI podcast on international migration and  global governance

Presentation of plenary talk to the National Metropolis Conference, March 2011 on  Trade and Immigration links in the Canada-India, Australia-India context.

Interview with Radio-Canada on trade and immigration links with India

Dr Walton-Robert's work on remittances in Punjab India was featured in an Economist Intelligence Unit report

Additional Information

New book released: 

Cultural Geographies

Cultural Geography

Territoriality and Migration in the E.U. Neighbourhood

Territoriality and Migration in the E.U. Neighbourhood

Read the conference report Diasporas, Development and Governance