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Sarah Marsden


Sarah Marsden is a PhD student in the Faculty of Law. Her studies focus on temporary and undocumented labour migration in Canada and as a global phenomenon, drawing on scholarship in law, sociology, geography, and history. She is interested in documenting the impact of governance and regulatory structures on migrant workers, particularly with regard to rights and membership in the host state.

Sarah obtained her LL.B. and LL.M from the University of Victoria, and subsequently spent time working as a judicial clerk for the Federal Court of Canada, and as an immigration and refugee lawyer in Vancouver. Most recently, she has been involved in starting an immigration and refugee clinic for low-income clients through UBC’s Law Students Legal Advice Program.

Supervisors: Dr. Catherine Dauvergne, Canada Research Chair in Migration, Faculty of Law; Dr. Geraldine Pratt, Faculty of Geography; Dr. Emma Cunliffe, Facuty of Law.





Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers, Occupations in services - Domestic work, Sales and service occupations - general, Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations - general, Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations - general, Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing, Dancers, and Other

Content types

Policy analysis

Regulation domains

Right to change employer, Right to unionize, Labour standards, Health and safety at work, Newcomers integration programs, Health care & social services, Access to permanent status, Family reunification, Legal aid, Employment insurance, Social security, Right to equality (gender), Right to equality (national origin), Right to liberty, and Right to dignity

Geographical focuses

Canada, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec, British Columbia, Other provinces, Federal, and Nova Scotia

Spheres of activity

Law and Political science