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Lucia Nalbandian

Research Assistant
EducationMA, Public Policy and Administration, Ryerson University

Lucia is a part-time research assistant on the CERC Migration team.  Her research explores the use of emerging innovative technologies, like artificial intelligence, in migration and migration management.

Lucia holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Law from the University of Toronto and an MA in Public Policy and Administration from Ryerson University. During her MA, Lucia’s Major Research Paper explored the role of human decision-making and artificial intelligence in Canada’s refugee system. Lucia is currently developing a comparative analysis of the use of AI tools by states and non-governmental organizations to register and manage vulnerable migrant populations.

Previously, Lucia worked as a Researcher on a SSHRC-funded project assessing access to public housing through the political theory of solidarism. Additionally, Lucia is a Policy Analyst at the Ontario Cabinet Office, where she conducts user research, stakeholder consultations and qualitative interviews to inform service design and improve government service delivery.

Recent Publications

(2020) Can crisis be an opportunity for Canada’s migrant farmworkers?, external link, Co-authored with Anna Triandafyllidou, First Policy Response.

(2020) Disposable’ and ‘essential’: Changes in the global hierarchies of migrant workers after COVID-19, external link, Co-authored with Anna Triandafyllidou, United Nations International Organization for Migration.

(2020) High-skilled immigrants are stuck in limbo. Can we help them ‘work remotely?, external link’ Co-authored with Anna Triandafyllidou, First Policy Response.

(2020) PDF fileThe Intelligent Border: Implications of Using Artificial Intelligence in Canadian Immigration Processes on Discrimination and Racism in Canada, external linkInquiry & Insight: Politics and Innovation (13) 1.