Francis Collins a Professor of Geography and Director of the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.
Francis' research focuses on migration with a particular focus on temporary forms of labour and educational migration. He is currently (2015-2021) a Rutherford Discovery Fellow (funded by Te Apārangi, the Royal Society of New Zealand) working on a series of research projects exploring various dimensions of migration, migrant aspirations and state practices in Aotearoa New Zealand. A significant dimension of Francis' research has been focused on the lives of temporary labour migrants in Aotearoa New Zealand, including addressing the specific circumstances of migrants in the health, farming and construction industries, exploring the impacts of shifts in migration policy and examining the extent and drivers of workplace exploitation of migrants. Since 2018, Francis has also been the Science Leader of a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment-funded research programme on Capturing the Diversity Dividend in Aotearoa New Zealand (CaDDANZ), http://www.caddanz.org.nz/.