Lori Wilkinson

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University of Alberta                                                                        Sept. 1996 to Dec. 2000
Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology), December 2000
Dr. Harvey Krahn, supervisor
Dissertation Title: The Integration of Refugee Youth in Canada

University of Saskatchewan                                                          Sept. 1994 to May 1996 
Master of Arts (Sociology),    
Dr. Peter S. Li, supervisor
Thesis Title: Individual Achievement or Market Constraint? The Effects of Human Capital on the Income of Aboriginal People in Canada

Bachelor of Arts (Honours, Sociology) with Distinction            Sept. 1990 to May 1994


• Association for Canadian Studies, 2003 to present
• Canadian Ethnic Studies Association, 1997 to present
• Canadian Sociological Association, 1998 to present
       o Secretary (elected), 2016-2019, re-elected 2019
• Canadian Council of Refugees 2017 to present
• Immigration Research West, 2013 to present
• International Sociological Association, 2012 to present
       o Member of the Racism Nationalism and Ethnic Relations RC (R05)
       o Member of the Sociology of Migration Research Committee (RC31)


• Executive Director, Immigration Research West/Recherche ouest en immigration,
   October 2013 to present.
• Editor in Chief, Journal of International Migration and Integration,
   January 2013 to present
• Chair, Integration and Civic Engagement Sector Table, Immigrant Partnerships of
   Winnipeg, 2016 to present
• Member, Board of Governors, Immigrant Centre Winnipeg. June 2017 to present
• Board Member, Community Advisory Board-Islamic Social Services Association, Winnipeg, October 2018 through November 2020


  • Department of Sociology, University of Manitoba (2001 to present)

-Sociology 2320 Canadian Society and Culture: an undergraduate level course comparing work, education, youth, family, immigration, and other aspects in Canada to international experiences.

-Sociology 2370 Ethnic Relations: an undergraduate level course on racism, ethnic identity, immigration, Quebec/Canada relations and Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

-Sociology 2290 Research Methods: a six-credit hour undergraduate level course introducing students to quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

-Sociology 4580 Social Research: a required course for Honour's students. We discuss the formation of good research questions, the connection between theory and methodology, the research process, conducting and analyzing interview data.

-Sociology 3460/7250: Education, Human Rights and Social Justice in a Multicultural Society: taught jointly with Dr. Ruby Sain, Jadavpur University (India) and faculty from Extended Education, Native Studies and Education. An interdisciplinary class examining issues related to rights in India and Canada.

-Sociology 7310 Intergroup Relations: Immigrant and Refugee Studies: a graduate level course on international migration issues and settlement in Canada.

-Sociology 7390 Survey Research Methods: a graduate level course in research methods and statistics.

THESIS SUPERVISION (as primary supervisor only)

Current Students

• Pallabi Bhattacharyya, PhD Dissertation (Sociology), A Matter of Choice: Reflections on Agency and Empowerment among Refugee Women Resettling in Canada, in progress.
• Sally Ogoe, PhD Dissertation (Sociology), Measuring success: Predictors of successful Economic Integration of resettled female refugees, in progress.
• Labe Songose, MA thesis (Sociology): TBD

Recently Graduated Students 2014-2019

• Abdul-Bari Abdul Karim, MA thesis (Sociology), Barriers to Foreign Credential Recognition, Access to Regulated Professions and Successful Integration among Immigrants into the Canadian Labour Market, completed July 2018.

• Kwene Appah, Honours thesis (Sociology), Lost in Translation: How Heritage Language Loss affects Second Generation Canadian Immigrants' Cultural Identity, completed April 2018.

• Catherine Batamuriza (Global Political Economy), Wounds and Words: Pathologizing the Resettlement Experiences of Refugee Children and Youth in Canada, completed April 2017.

• Akosua Bonsu, Honours student (Global Political Economy), Does resilience theory influence our understanding of mental health among refugees in Canada?, completed April 2016.

• Janine Bramadat, MA Thesis (Sociology), The role of Canadian laws and social policies in perpetuating intimate partner abuse among newcomer women in Canada, completed December 2014.

• Jill Bucklaschuk, PhD Dissertation (Sociology), In pursuit of permanence: Examining lower skilled temporary migrants' experiences with two-step migration in Manitoba,  completed 2016.

• Iqbal Ahmed Chowdhury, MA Thesis (Sociology), Family Systems Effects on the Emotional Wellbeing of Newcomer Children and Youth in Canada, completed August 2015.

• Cosmos Domfeh, MA thesis (Sociology), A Qualitative Inquiry into the Socio-economic Conditions of Nigerian Immigrant Families in Canada, completed November 2018.

• Ho Yin (William) Fan (Criminology), The Challenges of Foreign Credential Recognition for Economic Immigrants to Canada, completed April 2018.

• Jackson Fojut, Honours student (Sociology), Lost in Translation: Factors influencing newcomers' satisfaction with language learning programs in Canada, completed April 2016.

• Piper Larson, Honours thesis (Global Political Economy), Polarized Politics: A Critical Examination of Canada's News Media and the Shaping of Public Opinions Regarding Refugees, completed April 2019.

• Omar Luckman, Honours thesis (Sociology), Anti-Muslim Propaganda in the Media and its Impact on Canadian Muslims, completed April 2019.

• Sally Ogoe, (Sociology), Why does Female Genital Mutilation Persist among Africans and Immigrants in Canada?, completed August 2015.

• Annette Riziki, Honours thesis (Psychology), The Influence of Parental Factors on Immigrant Students in Germany, completed April 2018. 

Note: Several of my students have won prestigious international and national awards and distinctions including: Rhodes Scholarship University of Oxford (2019), United Nations Summer Internship (2017,2018), University of Manitoba Gold Medal for Best Dissertation (2016), SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships (ongoing), SSHRC Post-doctoral Fellowships (2016-18), YWCA Young Woman of Distinction Award (2016), Province of Manitoba Legislative Internship (2017), Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (multiple years), and University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (multiple years), among others.


As a public sociologist, my research agenda focuses on the integration of refugees and immigrants. Lately, I have been working on various aspects related to the successful economic integration of refugees in Canada (government), the experience of violence among immigrant and refugee women (CIHR-EU Gendernet Plus 2019-2022), secondary migration among refugees (SSHRC Insight 2017-2020) and the health and well-being of immigrant and refugee youth (SSHRC Partnership 2017-2022), training of new generation of migration scholars (Erasmus+/Jean Monnet Project 2018-2020). Previous projects have examined the long-term labour market trajectories of those arriving to Canada as children or teens. Other areas of research interest include anti-racism and academic success among Indigenous post-secondary students in Canada. I have good statistical and qualitative training and have provided assistance with a variety of projects including a study of the non-fracture needs of hospitalized Winnipeggers, bullying and small-scale studies involving the life course of Indigenous peoples. I work closely with several immigrant settlement service providers across Canada to provide them with data and research results to assist them in their work. I also work with various federal government departments on examining various social problems.

Key words: race and ethnic relations, immigration and refugee studies, citizenship, youth and school-to-work transitions, integration, and research methods.


• Dr and Mrs. Ralph Campbell Outreach Award, (for particularly meritorious service in outreach activities) University of Manitoba, 2018
• Teaching Excellence Award: Established Category, Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba, 2017
• Fellow of the Year, St John’s College, 2017
• University of Manitoba/UMFA Merit Award for Service, 2016
• Shastri Indo-Canadian Research Fellowship: held at Jadavpur University Kolkata India, 2015
• Professor of the Year, Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba, 2008
• Visiting Professor, Refugee Studies Centre, The University of Oxford, United Kingdom, 2004


          Refereed Journal Articles

• Wilkinson, Lori, Pallabi Bhattacharyya, Jill Bucklaschuk, Jack Shen, Iqbal Chowdhury and  Tamara Edkins  (forthcoming December 2016) “Understanding job status decline among newcomers to Canada” Canadian Ethnic Studies/Études Ethniques au Canada Journal.
• Wilkinson, Lori, Janine Bramadat, Rachell Dolynchuk and Zöe T. St. Aubin (2013) “Are Canadian-trained PhDs  Disadvantaged in the Canadian Academic Labour Market? A Research Note” Canadian Review of Sociology 50(3): 357-370.
• Wilkinson, Lori (2013) “Developing and Testing a Generalizable Model of Immigrant Integration” Canadian Ethnic Studies/Études Ethniques au Canada Journal 45(3): 1-7.
• Wilkinson, Lori, Miu Chung Yan, A. Ka Tat Tsang, Rick Sin and Sean Lauer (2012) “The School-to-Work Transitions of Newcomer Youth in Canada” Canadian Ethnic Studies/Études Ethniques au Canada Journal 43(2): 29-44.
• Lauer, Sean, Lori Wilkinson, Miu Chung Yan, Rick Sin and A. Ka Tat Tsang (2012) “Immigrant youth and employment: Lessons learned from the analysis of LSIC and 82 lived stories”Journal of International Migration and Integration 13(1):1-19.

Book Chapters

• Wilkinson, Lori (2018) "How does sociology help us understand and combat racism in Canada?” pp. 145-50 in Reading Sociology. Patrizia Albanese, Lorne Tepperman and Emily Alexander, eds. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.
• Wilkinson, Lori (2018) “A demographic overview of ethnic diversity in Canada” pp. 103-129 in Immigration, Racial and Ethnic Studies-150 Years in Canada: Retrospect and Prospects. Shibao Guo and Lloyd Wong, eds. Rotterdam: Brill/Sense Publishers.
• Wilkinson, Lori and David Ponka (2018) “The mental health of immigrants and refugees in Canada” pp. 88-110 in Migration, Health and Survival: International Perspectives. Frank Trovato, ed. Northampton, Mass: Edward Edgar Publishers.
• Wilkinson, Lori (2018) “Identity and Belonging in the Second Generation” in Immigrant Youth in Canada. pp. 68-83 in Stacey Wilson-Forsberg and Andrew Robinson, eds. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.
• Wilkinson, Lori (2017) “The Labour market experiences of refugees in Canada” pp 93-99 in Structural Context of Refugee Integration in Canada and Germany. Annette Korntheuer, Débora Maehler and Paul Pritchard, eds. Mannheim: LEIBNIZ Institute for the Social Sciences and GEISIS. https://search.gesis.org/publication/gris-publication-446
• Wilkinson, Lori (2017) “How do migrants become integrated?” in Questioning Sociology: Canadian Perspectives. pp 86-95 in Myra J. Hird and George Pavlich, eds. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.
• Wilkinson, Lori (2016) “Why is immigration an issue in the provincial election?” pp. 37-38 in Understanding the 2016 Election in Manitoba. Barry Ferguson, Royce Koop, Karine Levasseur, and Andrea Rounce, eds. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press. Accessed online at https://uofmpress.ca/books/detail/understanding-the-manitoba-election-2016
• St. Aubin, Zöe T., Janine Bramadat and Lori Wilkinson (2014) “The Persistence of Credentialism and Racism in Canada: The Long-Term Labour Market Experiences of Immigrant Youth” in Ellen Judd and Jiajo Zhang, eds. Rotterdam: Springer Publishing.
• Hébert, Yvonne, Lori Wilkinson and Mehrunissa Ali (2012) “Second generation Youth and Mobilities of Mind, Body and Boundary” pp. 229-248 in Hébert, Y. & Abdi, Ali A., Eds. Critical Perspectives of International Education. Rotterdam & Taipei: Sense Publishers.
Wilkinson, Lori, Yvonne Hébert and Mehrunissa Ali (2012) “Examining Youth’s Perceptions of Safety, Fear, Inclusion and Exclusion in a Canadian City” pp. 217-34 in Adolescent Behavior. Cherylynn Bassani, ed. Hauppauge NY: Nova Science Publishers.


• Korntheuer, Annette, Débora Maehler, Paul Pritchard and Lori Wilkinson eds. (forthcoming 2019) Understanding the Outcomes of Refugees-Canada and Germany Compared. Mannheim: LEIBNIZ Institute for the Social Sciences and GEISIS.
• Roberts, Lance, Jason Edgerton, Tracey Peter and Lori Wilkinson (2015) Understanding Social Statistics. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.

Book Adaptations (Refereed)

Bouma, Gary, and Lori Wilkinson (2008) The Research Process, First Canadian Edition. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.
• Second edition published 2012
• Third edition published February 2016
• Fourth edition forthcoming in February 2019 with new order of authors:
            o Lori Wilkinson, Gary Bouma and Susan Carland (2019) The Research Process, Fourth Canadian Edition. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.

Non-refereed Publications in Journals

• Bhattacharyya, Pallabi, Annette Riziki and Lori Wilkinson (forthcoming 2019) “Settlement Service Use among Syrian Refugees in Canada” Canadian Diversity 15(1):
Wilkinson, Lori, Pallabi Bhattacharyya, Joe Garcea, Abdul-Bari Abdul-Karim, Annette Riziki and Marie Schnieders (2018) “Finding Home: Some Housing Considerations for Refugee Families with Children” Canadian Diversity 14(3): 31-35. Published in English and French.
• Jedwab, Jack and Lori Wilkinson (2016) “When it comes to migrant belonging and trust, it’s not about the Money, Money...: A comparison of Canada’s refugees and economic immigrants” Canadian Diversity, 13(4). Published in English and French   
• Bucklaschuk, Jill, Pallabi Bhattacharyya, Lori Wilkinson, Yi Shen, Iqbal A. Chowdhury and Tamara Edkins (2016) “Does language, employment status and region of origin influence access to settlement services” Canadian Diversity 13(1): 39-42.   
• Bucklaschuk, Jill, Lori Wilkinson and Janine Bramadat (2014) “A Matter of Need: Immigrants and use of Settlement Services in Western Canada” Canadian Diversity 11(1):95-103.

Government Reports (Non-refereed)

Wilkinson, Lori, Pallabi Bhattacharyya, Annette Riziki and Abdul-Bari Abdul-Karim (2019) Yazidi Refugee Resettlement in Canada. Calgary: Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada-Integration Branch (Prairies and Territories Region).
Wilkinson, Lori and Joseph Garcea (2017) The Economic Integration of Refugees to Canada: A Mixed Record. Washington and Brussels: Migration Policy Institute, 30pp. (also distributed to the Trans-Atlantic Council on Migration, EU Immigration Ministers, June 2016). https://www.migrationpolicy.org/research/economic-integration-refugees-canada-mixed-record
Wilkinson, Lori, Joseph Garcea, Pallabi Bhattacharyya, Annette Riziki and Abdul-Bari Abdul Karim (2017) Resettling on the Canadian Prairies: Integration of Syrian Refugees. Calgary: Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Integration Branch-Prairies and Northwest Territories Division, and Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies, 89 pages.
• Ashton, William, Pallabi Bhattacharyya, Eleni Galatsanou, Sally Ogoe and Lori Wilkinson (2016). Emerging Uses of Big Data in Immigration Research. Final Report submitted to SSHRC, Ottawa, October, 22 pages.
Wilkinson, Lori, William Ashton, Joseph Garcea, Anna Kirova, Miu Chung Yan, Rachael Pettigrew and Eleni Galatsanou (2016) “Welcome to Canada’s West: New Demographic and Economic Realities of Increased Migration to Rural Western and Northern Communities” Felicity Proctor and Julio Berdegué eds. in RIMISP Working Paper Series. Santiago.  Accessible online at http://rimisp.org/wp-content/files_mf/1467320375184_Lori_Wilkinson_et_al.pdf
• Mulatris, Paulin, Marianne Jacquet, Lori Wilkinson, Mamadou Ka, Laurie Carlson Berg, Gwénaëlle André, and Jasmine Urra-Rugama (2016). L’immigration Francophone dans les Territoires et l’ouest Canadien : Réalités et Perspectives après 10 ans d’accueil et de Services. Ottawa : Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada





last updated: May 2019