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Margaret Walton

School of International Policy and Governance, Balsillie School of International Affairs
Assoc Dean

Margaret Walton-Roberts is a professor in the Geography and Environmental studies department at Wilfrid Laurier University Ontario, and associate Dean of the School of Policy and Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.  Her research explores Indian immigrant networks and settlement in Canada, and the impact of transnational networks in both source and destination locales. She has published a number of articles and book chapters  highlighting the role of immigration and remittances in transnational community formation and maintenance including work on health philanthropy, remittance-led village projects in Punjab, and transnational relations between Non Resident Indians and sending communities. Together with an international partnership of NGOs, academics and independent research institutes she is working on a project looking at Diasporas, Development and Governance, some of which is profiled in a forthcoming co-edited collection to be published in Springer’s Global Migration series.

Discussion Title: Diasporic-led investment in skill development and training in the Indian Health care sector.

Topic: I review some examples of diaspora involvement in health care training in India and consider the advantages and disadvantages this presents in terms of sustainable healthcare  development.


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