Finding a PhD Supervisor

Applicants for the PhD program are expected to contact prospective supervisors at the time of application. Potential supervisors names must be listed within the application documents (in the research statement form).

The faculty members listed below are just a few of the prospective supervisors who are actively recruiting new graduate students. To find out about the research interests of other faculty members, please review our full faculty listing.

Ron Buliung
Professor Buliung is currently looking for students with interests in the following topics: disability studies, traffic injury, child and youth geography, cycling. Students with a background in either qualitative or quantitative methods are welcome to apply.

Steve Farber
I am looking for students interested in urban transportation, time use, and social participation and inclusion. Students should be eager to work with large geospatial datasets, apply spatial and econometric models of travel and activity behaviour, and have a background in urban geography, transportation, economics, civil engineering, computer science, or other cognate fields. Successful students will be eligible for generous funding from external projects and grants.

Alexandra Flynn
I am beginning a new research project that explores Indigenous–municipal relationships in the land-use planning process, and how these relationships can and should inform a possible municipal duty to consult. This two-year project will explore the meaning of “consultation” within and among Indigenous and municipal communities. The project has two key assumptions: first, that Indigenous capacities, knowledges, and legal orders must be incorporated into municipal planning processes; and, second, that a broad range of consultation practices and relationships already exist among Indigenous and municipal
governments, and that the development of any municipal duty must consider and acknowledge such relationships.I am looking for a graduate student who is interested in working with me on this project.

Kanishka Goonewardena
I am open to supervising students with a strong interest in critical theory and intellectual history concerning such topics as capitalism, colonialism, imperialism and urbanism; or thinkers such as Henri Lefebvre, Walter Benjamin, Antonio Gramsci, Louis Althusser, Frantz Fanon, C. L. R. James and Samir Amin. My areas of expertise include architecture, urban studies and critical theory–especially the Marxist and anti-colonial traditions in relation to state, capital and everyday life–and my current work is generally located somewhere around the intersection of capitalism, colonialism and the production of space.

Paul Hess
I am interested in working with students working on issues of active transportation broadly, and pedestrian enviroments and design, changing street design, and streets as public space in particular. I welcome students using a variety of approaches including historical, institutional, policy and design evaluation, and social equity. I also have a regional interest in Mexico and Latin America.

John Robinson
I am looking for grad students interested in large-scale community engagement, and in sustainable buildings and cities.

Sue Ruddick
I am recruiting motivated MA and PhD students to work with me on a SSHRC funded project on human-wildlife relations and an emerging project on the more-than-human commons. The SSHRC project is centered on the Greater Toronto Area and looks at non-profit, public and private sector, as they express competing concepts of value; foster affective relations of fear, conviviality, and concern for different species, or even their active un-imagining. We also investigate the long durée of evolving relations between settlers and species, and the role certain species (e.g. bears) have played in construction of settler identity and sedimentation of an urban-wilderness boundaries. (Contact me about The WildCity Project for more information). In the project on the more-than-human commons I will be working with a team of scholars over a three year period to undertake a deliberative engagement of literatures of “the commons” (with special attention to conflicting approaches, and critical, anti-racist and indigenous perspectives on commoning) in conversation with literatures on “more-than-human geographies.” The approach, grounded in epistemic pluralism will investigate the analytical potential of these approaches to inform strategies that support spaces of mutual thriving for humans and wildlife – a “more-than-human” commons. The project will include a series of pilot studies in the Greater Toronto Area.

Michael Widener
I’m recruiting geographers with interests in food-related behaviours, transportation and time geography. Experience with statistical methods, coding, and GIS are highly desirable.