Heather Dicks

PhD Student

Research Interests

The role of international migration in social and economic development and migration inequalities.

Contact Information


Areas of Expertise

International Development, Migration and Inequality, Remittances

Personal Profile

Heather Dicks is a PhD candidate within the Sociology Department and her present research is centered on the nexus between International Development and Migration. Prior to starting her PhD, Heather spent over a decade working in the field of International Development. This included work with the Canadian government, the United Nations, and several non-governmental organizations in numerous countries across the globe. Heather is currently working with the University of Guelph as a Research Assistant on a SSHRC-funded mixed-methods research project exploring the impacts of COVID-19 on Small and Medium-sized Organizations working in Canada’s foreign aid sector. Heather is concurrently working as a Research Assistant on a separate SSHRC-funded quantitative research project exploring connections between remittance sending behaviors of Canadian immigrants and foreign aid. Heather holds a Master’s Degree in Globalization and International Development from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations from Carleton University.

Research Highlights

Heather Dicks (2021) Security aid: Canada and the development regime of security, Canadian Journal of Development Studies / Revue canadienne d'études du développement, DOI: 10.1080/02255189.2021.1968359


 “Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy – Panel Discussion Workshop.” ACIC Symposium, St. John’s, Canada, October 2019.

 “It’s Complicated: Development 101.” Memorial University, St. John’s, Canada, February 2019.

 Panel discussion on innovative approaches to addressing climate change. COP22, Marrakech, Morocco, November 2016.

 “Social Safety Nets.” Canadian International Development Agency, Ottawa, Canada, August 2009.