University of Toronto, 1987, MA, PhD
University of Winnipeg, BA, Honours
I have two main research interests. The first, and most important for me, is international migration. At the broadest scale, this includes the issue of policy and regulatory systems and how they shape migration, and also how people become mobile, with or without the consent of states. I try to understand Canadian immigration policy within this wider context, and consider it in relation to the policies of other countries, especially in Europe and Australasia. At the local scale I study the consequences of immigration in Canadian cities, highlighting Vancouver’s situation (with a foreign-born population approaching one million). More specifically, I look at the integration of newcomers in the labour and housing markets of cities, and how this changes their residential structure and social relations. This work is highly integrated with public policy, and I participate in advisory roles at the local and national level in Canada, and also have regular interaction with government agencies in several other countries. Second, I am working with a large network of scholars on the issue of national security and its relationship with human rights. I am particularly interested in the way this relationship evolves in a society like Canada’s, with a high degree of ethno-cultural diversity and strong transnational connections.
Bragg, B. and D. Hiebert. 2022. Refugee trajectories, imaginaries, and realities: Refugee housing in Canadian cities. Canadian Journal of Urban Research. 31(1): 16-32.
Vertovec, S. Hiebert, D. Spoonley, P. and A. Gamlen. 2022. Visualizing superdiversity and ‘seeing’ urban socio-economic complexity. Urban Geography. doi: 10.1080/02723638.2022.2151753
Hiebert, D. 2017. Immigrants and Refugees in the Housing Markets of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, 2011. Canadian Journal of Urban Research 26(2): 52-78.