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Bruce Newbold

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Bruce Newbold is a Professor in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences (SGES) at McMaster University, where he is also the Director of the McMaster Institute of Environment and Health (MIEH,, an institute which he has directed since 2004. He received his PhD in Geography from McMaster University in 1994, and worked at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign between 1994 and 2000 before returning to McMaster in 2000. Since returning to McMaster, he has held Guest Scholar positions at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California San Diego (2004), and the Medical Research Council’s Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow (2008), a position which included a Fellowship through the Department of Urban Studies, University of Glasgow. His research interests focus on immigrant and refugee settlement and health issues, including links to housing, youth, and aging. His research has been supported by NSF, CIHR, SSHRC, CERIS and Statistics Canada. His most recent work includes an examination of housing and homelessness amongst refugees in Hamilton, Ontario (funded by HRSDC), and the refugee health experience (funded by CIHR).

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  • Skill Set
  • Networks & Accomplishments
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  • Geographic Interest


Current Job Sector

  • Academic
  • Geography

Institutional Affiliation

McMaster University

Current Positions and Responsibilities

  • Professor, School of Geography & Earth Sciences
  • Director, McMaster Institute of Environment & Health (MIEH)

Previous Job Sector

  • Geography
  • Academic

Previous Positions and Responsibilities

Visiting Scholar

Second Previous Job Sector

  • Geography
  • Academic

Second Previous Institutional Affiliations

University of California, San Diego

Second Previous Positions and Responsibilities

Visiting Scholar, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies

Skill Set

Functional Skill Set


Areas of Expertise

  • Health
  • Housing

Target Populations

  • Refugees
  • Women
  • Children and youth

Networks and Accomplishments

Memberships, Networks, and Voluntary Positions

  • Canadian Association of Geographers, Member, 1994-present
  • Association of American Geographers, Member, 1994-present

Publications, Reports, and Presentations

  • Paper: Ng C and Newbold KB. 2011. Health care providers' perspectives on the provision of prenatal care to immigrants. Culture, Health and Sexuality. 13(5): 561-574.
  • Paper: King K and Newbold KB. 2010. Later-Life Migrations in Canada in 2001: A Multilevel Approach. Journal of Population Ageing, 2: 161-181.
  • Paper: McKeary M, and Newbold KB. 2010. Barriers to Care: The Challenges for Canadian Refugees and their Health Care Providers. Journal of Refugee Studies, 23(4), 523-545.
  • Paper: Newbold KB. 2009. Health Care Use and the Canadian Immigrant Population. International Journal of Health Services. 39(3): 545-565
  • Paper: Newbold KB and DeLuca P. 2007. Short-term residential changes to Toronto's immigrant communities: Evidence from LSIC wave 1. Urban Geography, 28(7): 635-656.
  • Paper: Newbold KB and Willinsky J. 2009. Providing family planning and reproductive health care to Canadian immigrants: Perceptions of health care providers. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 11(4): 369-382.
  • Paper: . Newbold KB. 2009. The Short-Term Health of Canada's New Immigrant Arrivals: Evidence from LSIC. Ethnicity and Health, 14(3): 1-22.
  • Paper: Woltman K, Newbold KB. 2007. Immigrant women and cervical cancer screening uptake: A multilevel analysis. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 98(6): 470-475.
  • Report: Newbold KB, Wayland S, Wilton R, Georgiades K, Wahoush O, and Wilson K. 2011. Exploring the Links: Housing and Homelessness amongst Newcomers to Hamilton, Ontario. Report prepared for HRSDC/CIC (Canada) and Metropolis.
  • Report: Pollock G, Newbold KB, Lafrenière G, and Edge S. 2011. Perceptions of Discrimination in Health Services Experienced by Immigrant Minorities in Ontario. Report prepared for CIC (Ontario).

Grants and Contracts

  • Exploring the Links: Housing and Homelessness amongst Newcomers to Hamilton, Ontario. PI, HRSDC, 2010-2011.
  • Perceptions of discrimination in health services experienced by immigrant minorities in Ontario. PI, CIC (Ontario), 2009-2011
  • Journey to Health: An Investigation of the Social Production of Health and Access to Health Care Within Hamilton's Refugee Community. PI, CIHR, 2008-2011.
  • Evolutionary Immigrant Settlement Systems in Canada. PI, SSHRC, 2003-2006.



Geographic Interest

Provinces of Interest

  • Ontario
  • All provinces

Geographic Interests

Hamilton, Southern Ontario

International Regions of Interest

United States