Mark Lawrence Santiago is a Ph.D. Candidate in Human Geography. Lawrence is a Trudeau Scholar from 2009-2013 and was the Cordula and Gunter Paetzold Fellow from 2007-2009. He is specializing in comparative migration and health policies between developed and developing countries. To analyze the role of the modern state and international organizations in creating, controlling and managing human migration systems, he is doing a transnational case study of the migration flows of health workers from the Philippines to Canada.
His doctoral dissertation project, Made for Canada, Product of the Philippines: Global Nurse Migrations and the Geopolitics of Global Justice, studies state and international policies influencing the ethical and sustainable recruitment of healthcare workers from the developing world. It will be based on an ongoing extensive 18-month global ethnographic fieldwork in Canada, the United States, the Philippines and Geneva from July 2009-December 2010. The project responds to a basic ethical question: how do we justly distribute health human resources across state borders through ethically sound policies?
Lawrence studied Philosophy at the National University of Singapore, where he received a Research Scholarship, and at the Ateneo de Manila University, where he graduated as Class Valedictorian. He is the initiator of Pacific Worlds in Motion, a global interdisciplinary graduate conference on Asian Migrations held at Green and St. Johnís College, UBC, in March 2008 and reincarnated at the National University of Singapore in March 2009, and again at UBC in June 2010. He began this conference to encourage mentorship among graduate students and senior scholars in the field of Asia-Pacific migration studies.