Belinda Dodson

Associate Professor


Contact Information

Office: Room 2413, SSC
Tel: 519 661-2111, 87319
Fax: 519 661-

Research Areas

Migration, gender, international development, Southern Africa. 

Research Interests

I specialize in international development, with a regional focus on Southern Africa. My current research addresses three main themes, each from a gender perspective: migration-development linkages, xenophobia, and urban food security. In addition to the Department of Geography, I am also affiliated with Western's Collaborative Graduate Program in Migration and Ethnic Relations and the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research.

Publications & Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

Refereed Journals

Ashmore, P. and Dodson, B. 2016 Urbanizing physical geography. Canadian Geographer. (early online October 2016, expected publication 2017)

Riley, L and Dodson, B. 2016 “Gender hates men”: Untangling gender and development discourses in food security fieldwork in urban Malawi. Gender, Place and Culture. 23(7): 1047-1060

Riley, L and Dodson, B. 2014 Gendered mobilities and food access in Blantyre, Malawi. Urban Forum. 25(2): 227-239

Pratley, E. and Dodson, B. 2014 The spaces for farmers in the city: A case study comparison of direct selling alternative food networks in Toronto, Canada and Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Canadian Food Studies. 1(1): 72-87

Huot, S, Dodson, B. and Laliberte Rudman, D. 2014 Negotiating belonging following migration: Exploring the relationship between place and identity in Francophone Minority Communities. Canadian Geographer. 58(3): 329-340

Dodson, B. 2013 'Reconfiguring space, reimagining place: Post-apartheid geographies of South Africa and its region' Canadian Journal of African Studies 47(1): 1-8

Chikanda, A. and Dodson, B. 2013 'Bandaid transnationalism: Remittance practices of emigrant Zimbabwean doctors' Migration and Development 2(1): 57-73

Huot, S., Laliberte Rudman, D., Dodson, B. and Magalhaes, L. 2013 'Expanding policy-based conceptualizations of "successful integration": Negotiating integration through occupation following international migration' Journal of Occupational Science 20(1): 6-22

Goebel, A. and Dodson, B. 2011 'Housing and marginality for female-headed households: Observations from Msunduzi Municipality (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa)' Canadian Journal of African Studies 45(2): 240-272

Dodson, B.J. 2010 'Locating xenophobia: Debate, discourse and everyday experience in Cape Town, South Africa' Africa Today 56(3): 2-22

Goebel, A., Dodson, B.J. and Hill, T. 2010 'Urban advantage or urban penalty? A case study of female-headed households in a South African city' Health & Place 16(3): 573-580

Chapters in Books

Dodson, B. 2018 Gender, mobility and precarity: The experiences of migrant women in Cape Town, South Africa. Gender, Work and Migration: Agency in Gendered Labour Settings. Abingdon, UK: Routledge

Dodson, B. and Crush, J. 2016 Migration to South Africa since 1994: Realities, policies and public attitudes. Domains of Freedom: Justice, Citizenship and Social Change in South Africa. University of Cape Town Press: Cape Town, South Africa

Riley, L and Dodson, B. 2016 Gender, food security and mobility. Rapid Urbanisation, Urban Food Deserts and Food Security in Africa. Springer International: Switzerland

Northcote, M. and Dodson, B. 2015 Refugees and asylum seekers in Cape Town’s informal economy. Mean Streets: Migration, Xenophobia and Informality in South Africa. IDRC: Ottawa

Goebel, A. and Dodson, B. 2015 Assessing the state’s response: Housing policy and female-headed households. On Their Own: Women, Urbanization and the Right to the City in South Africa. McGill-Queen’s University Press: Montreal and Kingston

Chikanda, A. and Dodson, B. 2015 Medical migration from Zimbabwe: Towards new solutions? Geographies of Health and Development. Ashgate: Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, VT

Dodson, B. and Goebel, A. 2014 Food security and gender. Controversies in Science and Technology, Volume 4. Oxford University Press

Dodson, B. 2013 'Southern Africa, Gender and Migration' in Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration (Wiley-Blackwell)

Dodson, B. 2012 ‘Mobility and Migration: The Missing Link in Climate Change and Asset Adaptation’ in Climate Change, Assets and Food Security in Southern African Cities ed B. Frayne, C. Moser, and G. Ziervogel (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge/Earthscan) 75-95

Huot, S. and Dodson, B.J. 2010 'Doing it for the children: Family factors in skilled migration from South Africa to Canada' in Family Geographies: The Spatiality of Families and Family Life ed B. Hallman (Oxford: Oxford University Press) 151-169

Dodson, B.J. 2008 'Gender, migration and livelihoods: migrant women in Southern Africa'. in New Perspectives on Gender and Migration: Livelihood, Rights and Entitlements ed N. Piper (Routledge: New York and London) 137-158

Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

PhD Students Year Title
K. Baumgartner Current Lesbian Migrants in South Africa
A. Bozheva 2018 Internationalization of Higher Education within Canada's Migration Management Framework: Supply Side of International Student Migration
B. Punjabi 2015 Claim of the City? Rights of the Countryside? Politics of Water Contestation in the Mumbai-Thanke Region of India
L. Riley 2013 Gendered geographies of food security in Blantyre, Malawi
E. Pratley 2012 A Tale of Two Cities: Direct Selling Alternative Food Networks in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and Toronto, Canada
S. Huot


2011 Critically exploring the challenges of successful integration for French-speaking newcomers within London Ontario’s Francophone minority community
A. Chikanda 2010 Emigration of Medical Doctors from Zimbabwe: Migrant Experiences, Transnational Linkages and Prospects for Diasporic Engagement
MA Students Year Title
M. Northcote 2015 Livelihood Strategies of Cape Town’s forced migrants
K. McMullen 2006 Msunduzi catchment management forum: A case study of local environmental governance in South Africa
J. Roukema 2006 Integrating the environment into local urban governance in South Africa
S. Huot 2005 Structural context and lived experiences of skilled international migration: A case study of South African professionals in London, Ontario
J. Silver 2004 Reactions of fishers to participation in fisheries research in the Turks and Caicos, BWI


GEO 3442 - Geography of Development
GEO 9109 - Geography of Migration
GEO 9998 - Philosophies of Geography