Dr. Barry Edmonston is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology and has a long-standing interest in Canadian demographic issues. He has been an active member of the Canadian Population Society and has taken the lead to organize joint Canadian-U.S. forums at the annual meetings of professional population societies. He co-authored a chapter on international migration, featuring analysis of Canadian and U.S. data for the second edition of the classic Methods and Materials of Demography. He has been working with researchers in Alberta, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia about plans to develop and fund a research project focusing on the adaptation of immigrants settling initially in small towns and rural areas. This is an important research topic because national immigration policy has recently tried to address the geographic imbalance of immigrant settlement and several provinces have special programs that attempt to direct immigrants to new destinations. During the next year, he plans to organize a research team to initiate several pilot studies in smaller towns in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia. His current research includes a comparative study of homeownership attainment by immigrants in Australia, Canada, and the United States, the resettlement of immigrants who initially settle in small towns and rural areas in Canada, and co-editing (with Eric Fong) a volume on the current demographic situation in Canada.

Barry Edmonstonís main current research interests are:

  • Internal and international migration
  • Population distribution
  • Human ecology
  • Social epidemiology (especially infant and childhood mortality)
  • Nutritional surveillance

Contact Information:

E-mail: be@uvic.ca