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Kaida Lisa, Assistant Professor


Research Interests

I specialize in immigrant integration within broad social and labour market changes in the host countries. My current research projects include:

1) Employment experience of children of immigrants

2) Labour market integration of internationally-trained female engineers in Canada (collaboration with Monica Boyd, University of Toronto)

3) Long-term socioeconomic integration of privately sponsored refugees in Canada (collaboration with Feng Hou, Western University, University of Victoria, Statistics Canada)

4) Gender division of household labour among women home-based workers  (collaboration with Kathy Fitzpatrick, Memorial University of Newfoundland)

5) Perception of sociodemographic changes in Atlantic Canadian cities (collaboration with Howard Ramos, Dalhousie University)

6) The changing geography of Canadian National Hockey League players’ hometowns (collaboration with Peter Kitchen, McMaster University)



2018-present Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant, “The Long-term Economic Integration of Privately Sponsored Refugees in Canada,” Principal Investigator (Co-applicant: Feng Hou), $95,000.

2018-2019 McMaster University Arts Research Board SSHRC Explore – Standard Research and Creative & Performing Arts Grant, "The long-term economic integration of privately sponsored refugees in Canada" (Co-applicant: Feng Hou), $5,200.

2015-2020 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant, “Perceptions of Change in Atlantic Canadian Cities,” Co-Applicant (Principal Investigator: Howard Ramos), $418,000.

2012-2015 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant, “Growing Up Working Poor: Short- and Long-Term Consequences for Immigrant Children in Canada and the United States,” Principal Investigator (Co-applicant: Monica Boyd), $27,000.


  • Ph.D. (Sociology), University of Toronto, 2011
  • M.A. (Sociology), University of Toronto, 2004
  • M.A. (American Studies), University of Tokyo, 2004
  • B.A. (American Studies), University of Tokyo, 2002


Journal Articles

Sano, Yujiro, Lisa Kaida, and Liam Swiss (2017). "Earnings of Immigrants in Traditional and Non-Traditional Destinations: A Case Study from Atlantic Canada" Journal of International Migration and Integration 18(3):961–980.

Sano, Yujiro, Lisa Kaida, and Eric Tenkorang (2015) “Racial Variations in Ethnic Identity among the Children of Immigrants in Canada” Canadian Ethnic Studies 47(3): 49-68.

Kaida, Lisa (2015) “Ethnic Variations in Immigrant Poverty Exit and Female Employment: The Missing Link” Demography 52(2): 485-511.

Kaida, Lisa (2013) “Do Host Country Education and Language Training Help Recent Immigrants Exit Poverty?” Social Science Research 42(3): 726-741.

Kaida, Lisa and Monica Boyd (2011) ”Poverty Variations among the Elderly: The Roles of Income Security Policies and Family Co-Residence” Canadian Journal on Aging 30(1): 83-100.

Kaida, Lisa, Melissa Moyser, and Stella Y. Park (2009) “Cultural Preferences and Economic Constraints: The Living Arrangements of Elderly Canadians” Canadian Journal on Aging 28(4): 303-313.


Other Publications

Kaida, Lisa (2014) “Language Training and Education Help Adult New Immigrants Exit Poverty” Population Change and Lifecourse Strategic Knowledge Cluster Research Brief, No.22.

Kaida, Lisa and Chris W. Martin (2014) “NL Forum 2014: Demographics and Labour Market” Leslie Harris Centre, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Kaida, Lisa (2014) “A Letter from Newfoundland and Labrador: Demographic Research in the Making” Canadian Population Society Blog, April 17, 2014.