University of Winnipeg, BA, Honours
University of Toronto, 1987, MA, PhD


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.


HIEBERT, D., RATH, J. and VERTOVEC, S. 2015 ‘Urban markets and diversity: Toward a research agenda’ Ethnic and Racial Studies 38(1&2), 5-21

POTTIE-SHERMAN, Y. and HIEBERT, D. 2015 ‘Authenticity with a bang: Exploring suburban culture and migration through the new phenomenon of the Richmond Night Market’ Urban Studies 52(3), 538-554



HIEBERT, D. 2014 ‘Is this the end of the information age?’ The Canadian Geographer 58(1), 38-40

FRANCIS, J. and HIEBERT, D. 2014 ‘Shaky foundations: Refugees in Vancouver’s housing market’ The Canadian Geographer 58(1), 63-78



KWAK, M-J. and HIEBERT, D. 2010 ‘Globalizing Canadian education from below: A case study of transnational immigrant entrepreneurship between Seoul, Korea and Vancouver Canada’ Journal of International Migration and Integration 11, 131-153

Winter 2017

GEOG290 Introduction to the Geography of Canada Sections

Selected topics in human geography focusing on the regional distribution of natural resources, population, urban systems, and economic activities.

Winter 2017

GEOG353 Geographies of Migration and Settlement Sections

International regimes regulating migration, changes in global demographics, immigration policies of nation states, international migration patterns, settlement policies and outcomes.

Winter 2017

GEOG535 International Migration and Settlement Sections