UBC has announced the launch of the Centre for Migration Studies. The only one of its kind in Western Canada, the Centre will provide a home for UBC migration and mobility scholars from many different disciplines, and is supported by a cross-faculty cohort — including UBC Geography.
The Centre’s creation is part of a new Faculty of Arts policy that seeks to encourage collaboration between different disciplines.
Born from the existing UBC Migration Research Excellence Cluster, the Centre has a growing membership of over 60 UBC faculty, 60 UBC graduate students, 11 local community partners, two institutional partners in the US and Canada, as well as many more migration scholars beyond UBC. Members from UBC Geography include faculty Dan Hiebert, Geraldine Pratt, and Juanita Sundberg, and graduate students Maria Cervantes, Max Cohen and Dustin Gray.
“It’s a clear example of what can be achieved when excellent researchers come together around a timely, public-facing and unifying intellectual theme like migration,” says Dr. Brett Eaton, Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Studies, UBC Faculty of Arts, and professor at UBC Geography.
“The Centre will serve as an intellectual home for a large and active community of scholars from a wide range of humanities and social science disciplines at UBC, and we expect that it will foster additional national and international research collaborations,” says Dr. Eaton. “Perhaps more importantly, it will strengthen the links between our academic community and local, provincial and federal governments and NGOs who work on issues of migration.”