Laura Lam

PhD Student

Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Migration
  • Gender
  • Digital economy
  • Platform economy
  • Precarious employment


Laura Lam is a PhD student at the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto where she holds a SSHRC J.A. Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship and she is a 2022-2023 R.F. Harney Graduate Research Fellow. She is a researcher at the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) program in Migration and Integration and her research interest is at the nexus of migration, precarious employment and gender, with a focus on the use of app-based digital labour platforms. She has previously worked in a marketing capacity with various startups and technology accelerators, and currently co-owns an employment-based social enterprise based in Vancouver, The Good Chocolatier.



Master of Arts, Immigration and Settlement Studies, Ryerson University
Bachelor of Commerce, University of British Columiba


Invited Presenter, The Platformization of Care, Care Work in the Recovery Economy, Feb 2022
Invited Keynote, Migration and Telemigration in the gig economy, WageIndicator Foundation, Sep 2021
Selected presenter, The Rise of Nonstandard Employment among Skilled Workers in Canada, Canadian Industrial Relations Association (CIRA) Conference, Jul 2021
Invited Keynote, The Messy Middle of the Future of Work, Brave New Work Conference 2021, Jun 2021
Invited Presenter, The Platform Economy: Racialized and Gendered? Metropolis Canada Conference, Mar 2021