IDS staff or research student

Kerry Preibisch - Visiting Fellow



Kerry Preibisch is a feminist sociologist with research interests in gender, migration, and rural livelihoods; temporary migration programs, migrant rights, and development; im/migration and social change; and ethical food production.

Kerry has undertaken research in 20 different countries, mostly in the Americas, and is recognized internationally as an expert on temporary migration programs in North America. As a community-engaged scholar, Dr. Preibisch works closely with migrants and their allies.

IDS publications on international development research

The Other Side of el Otro Lado: Mexican Migrant Women and Labor Flexibility in Canadian Agriculture

Throughout the global South women are fast becoming the predominately waged labour force in commercial agriculture. The incorporation of workers from the global South into commercial agriculture within high-income countries has has a decidedly masculine bias. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Migrant Workers and Changing Work-place Regimes in Contemporary Agricultural Production in Canada

International Journal of the Sociology of Agriculture and Food 1.19 (2011)

This article focuses on Canada to contribute to our knowledge of contemporary labour–capital relations in high-income country agriculture and the role of migrants within the global food system. In particular, I investigate recent modifications to the country’s temporary migration programs and show how these have rendered work in agri-food industries more precarious. More details

IDS publications on international development research

A Model for Managed Migration? Re-Examining Best Practices in Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program

International Migration Supplement 1.50 (2010)

This paper situates Canada's Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) within the policy and scholarly debates on ''best practices'' for the management of temporary migration, and examines what makes this programme successful from the perspective of states and employers. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Pick-Your-Own Labor: Migrant Workers and Flexibility in Canadian Agriculture

International Migration Review 44.2 (2010)

Migrant workers are a growing component of the labor markets in high income countries. Today, some 90 million people – representing approximately three percent of the global workforce – cross national borders to find work. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Local Produce, Foreign Labor: Labor Mobility Programs and Global Trade Competitiveness in Canada

Temporary visa workers are increasingly taking on a heightened profile in Canada, entering the workforce each year in greater numbers than immigrant workers with labor mobility rights. More details

Thematic Expertise:
Agriculture; Citizenship; Gender; Migration; Rights; Work and Labour.

Geographic Expertise:
Latin America and the Caribbean; North America; OECD Europe.