The UBC Centre for Migration Studies seeks to understand the drivers and consequences of international migration through research, education, and outreach.

International migration presents complex challenges and opportunities for governments, societies, and the international community. At the UBC Centre for Migration Studies, we bring together researchers and collaborators from a wide range of disciplines, to promote debate and share their expertise on cross-border migration. Our research covers various migration-related topics, including social inclusion and integration, immigration policy, public opinion and xenophobia, border politics, and the intersection of Indigeneity and immigration.

The Centre for Migration Studies is supported by the GCRC program of the Office of the Vice President, Research and Innovation, the Faculty of Arts, the Departments of Political Science, Sociology, Geography, Anthropology, and Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies, and the Peter A. Allard School of Law.


Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Arbel, Efrat Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Law and legal practice; Law; Constitutional law; Gender and Law; Legal and Critical Theory; Prison Law and Policy; Refugee Law; Tort Law
Averill, Gage Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Haitian music, barbershop harmony, sound, music and power, music and politics, Caribbean music, steelband, ethnomusicology, world music, Ethnomusicology, Haiti, Haitian diaspora, American Popular Culture, Trinidad and Tobago, and Traditional Irish Music
Bloch, Alexia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Social sciences; migration; Gender; Eurasia; Russia; ethnography
Bouchard, Marie-Eve Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Humanities and the arts; Sociolinguistics; Linguistic Anthropology; ethnography; language ideologies; Language and identity; migration; Language variation and change; Language contact; Creole languages
Bowers, Katherine Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Literature and literary studies; Arts, Literature and Subjectivity; Arts and Cultural Traditions; Arts and Technologies; Arts and Literary Policies; Dostoevsky; genre; gothic fiction; imagined geography; literary culture; narrative; Russian culture; Russian literature; the novel
Brunner, Lisa Faculty (non-G+PS member) Higher education; Public policy; international migration; Higher Education; immigration; settler colonialism
Bryce, Benjamin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Historical studies; Argentina; Canada; Education; health; migration; Race and ethnicity; The Americas; Transnational history
Casas Aguilar, Anna Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Contemporary literatures; Spanish Cultural Studies; Catalan Literature and Culture; Gender Studies; Masculinities; Feminisms; Self-writing; Hispanic Cinemas
Cheong, Amanda Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Sociology; migration; Citizenship and Legal Status; Statelessness
Christopoulos, John Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Historical studies; Early modern Europe; History of pre-modern medicine; Social and cultural history of early modern Italy
Daniels, Megan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Classical religion; Archaeology of Greece and the broader eastern Mediterranean; Late Bronze Age to Hellenistic Period; Ancient religion, sanctuaries, votive objects; Cross-cultural interaction; Ancient economies and trade; Divine kingship; Digital/data science approaches to the ancient world, particularly ancient religion; Migration and mobility across Eurasia; Phoenician culture; Ceramic analysis
Dauvergne, Catherine Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Immigration, Immigration Law, Refugee Law, Legal Theory, Globalization
De Angelis, Franco Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Ancient Greek world history, environment, urbanism, developmnet of societies, colonization, economics, ancient literature
Ellermann, Antje Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Political science; Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges; Migratory Flows; Public Policies; Identity and Transnationality; Role of Governments and Institutions; Comparative Public Policy; Migration and Citizenship
Goold, Benjamin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Law and legal practice; Law; Border Studies; Criminal Justice; Human Rights; migration; Privacy; security
Green, David Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Antibiotic Resistance,  Infectious Disease, Epidemiology, Determinants of the wage and employment structure bridging between macro labour and micro labour identification issues
Hallensleben, Markus Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Transcultural Studies; Artistic and Literary Theories; Literary or Artistic Works Analysis; Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges; German Language Cultures and Literatures; Transnational Literatures; Visual Arts and Literature; European Studies; Literature and Sciences; Literature and Migration; Narratives of Belonging
Hastie, Bethany Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Labour & Employment Law, Human Rights, Socio-Legal Studies, Access to Justice
Huot, Suzanne Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Occupational therapy; Human geography; asylum seekers; bilingualism; community-engaged research; critical theory; francophone minority communities; francophones; french; Gender; immigration; intersectionality; Migration Studies; Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges; occupational science; Qualitative research; refugees; social inclusion; social integration; Platform economy
Ibrahim, Mohamed Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) mental health; addiction among new immigrants and refugees; global mental health
Jurkevics, Anna Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) critical theory, democratic theory, and the history of German political thought
Kaushal, Asha Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cultural Difference and Law; Constitutional Law and Theory; Critical and Legal Theory; Immigration Law; Citizenship Law; international law
Klein, Peter Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Media Types (Radio, Television, Written Press, etc.); Video and New Media; Global Health and Emerging Diseases; Large International Projects; Media and Democratization; Global Journalism; Innovation in Journalism; Documentary Production; Investigative Reporting
Lee, Barbara Faculty (G+PS eligible/member)
Li, Guofang Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) longitudinal studies of immigrant children
Mahtani, Minelle Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) critical mixed race theory; cultural forgetting; Social justice
Mawani, Renisa Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Sociology; Colonial Legal History; critical theory; Oceans and Maritime Worlds; Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies; Race and Racism; Time and Temporality
Murphy, Anne Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Asian history; Arts and Cultural Traditions; Religion; Literary or Artistic Work Analysis; Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies; cultural history; Early Modern Studies; Punjabi Studies; South Asian Studies
Pratt, Geraldine Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Feminist Geographies
Qian, Yue Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Sociology; family; Gender Relationship; Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges; Demography; Family Studies; Gender Studies; sociology
Santos, Alessandra Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cinema studies; Film, television and digital media; Latin American history; Latin American literatures; Spanish language; Artistic and Literary Analysis Models; Artistic and Literary Theories; Arts and Cultural Traditions; Arts and Technologies; Brazilian Literature and Culture; Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies; Latin American Literatures and Cultures; Modern and Contemporary Literatures and Cultures
Seidel, Marc-David Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Entrepreneurship; Organizational behavior; Sociology and social studies of science and technology; Discrimination and networks in the employment relationship; Distributed Trust Technologies; Early life factors role in later life workplace outcomes; Economic Systems; Impacts of New Information Technologies; Life Cycles ( Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, etc.); Media and Society; New Technology and Social Impacts; Organizational Theory; Social Networks; Social Organization and Political Systems; Social networks and organizational decision making; Social, Economical and Political Impacts of Innovations; Socio-Economic Conditions
Senbel, Maged Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Urban design, environmental planning, climate change planning, public engagement, urban agriculture, multi-media, social media and youth engagement
Shan, Hongxia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Other education, n.e.c.; Immigration and adult education and learning; Lifelong learning; Gender and work; Prof. learning
Shneiderman, Sara Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Social and cultural anthropology; Indigenous issues; Disaster response and preparedness; Citizenship; migration
Stecklov, Guy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Family and household demographic studies; Fertility; Migration; Mortality; Demography; Studies of Canadian society; Demographic behavior; Historical social change; Demographic Change in Sub-Saharan Africa; Migration and assimilation; Population and Development; Research and survey methodology
Sundberg, Juanita Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Militarization and Everyday Life in the US-Mexico Borderlands, environmental dimensions of US's border security policies in the Mexican border
Tworek, Heidi Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Historical studies; Europe; Germany; history of media and communications; international organizations; international relations; Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies
Vellutini, Claudio Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Music; Critical Musicology; Cultural and reception history of nineteenth-century Italian opera; Early 19th century music (opera); Habsburg cultural policies; Historiography; Italian opera in the Habsburg Empire; Performance and staging practices; Vienna opera (first half of 19th century)
Victoriano, Ramon Antonio Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Caribbean literatures; Latin American literatures; Contemporary literatures; Hispanic Caribbean Literatures and Cultures; Latin American Contemporary Novel and Short Story; Caribbean Literatures
Wilkes, Rima Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) protest, media and First Nations, media and racism, immigration, Collective Action by Indigenous Nations, Media and social movements, Public Opinion, Immigration, Trust
Wright, Matthew Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Political science; American politics; Comparitive politics; immigration; Immigration Policy; migration; National identity; Political behaviour; Political psychology; public opinion
Yan, Miu Chung Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Issues related to settlement and integration of immigrants and refugees, labour market experience of new generation youth from racial minority immigrant families, and community building roles and functions of neighbourhood-level place-based multiservice organizations
Yi, Christina Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Asian history; Cultural Studies; genre; Japanese colonial repatriates; Language politics; Linguistic nationalism; Modern/Contemporary Japanese literature; National identity; Postcoloniality; Resident Koreans; “Repatriation literature” (hikiage bungaku); “returned” Nikkei
Yu, Henry Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Asian migration to Canada, Chinese Canadian, Asian Canadian, Chinese in British Columbia, multiculturalism, racism, Asian American history, sports and race, Chinatown, Head Tax, United States, Global Vancouver, Trans-Pacific migration, American intellectual history, Asian Canadian and Asian American history, race and immigration, social science and social theory in US and Europe
Zhang, Gaoheng Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Intercultural and Ethnic Relationships; Cultural Exchanges; Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges; Media and Society; Media Ethics; Media and Democratization; Migration Studies; Mobility Studies; Postcolonial Studies; Gender and Masculinity Studies; Race Theory; Film and Media Studies; Rhetoric and Communication Studies; Cultural Theory; Italian-Chinese relations; Italy's global networks; Modern and contemporary Italian literature and culture