Research Agenda & Themes
The goal of this research is to examine the housing experiences of postgraduate international student families living off-campus in Waterloo Region, analyzing economies, temporalities and spatialities of home and housing to provide insights into local housing and immigration planning and policy. Using a feminist relational approach to international student families’ housing experiences, the research will contextualize ‘family’ within the international student mobilities literature and contribute to geographies of family and home through the narratives of international student families. This research maps out an 18-month case study on housing with international graduate student families living off-campus in Waterloo, using multiple qualitative methods and asking about (a) economies of housing (experiences of affordability in relation to financial security), (b) meaning of housing and home making in transience, (c) housing as space of caregiving-receiving. With its focus on family and housing, this research will make key contributions to the mobilities literature on international students, considering meanings of home, experiences of homemaking and caregiving in transience, and what it means to be a student-parent-newcomer in Canada.
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