Finding a PhD Supervisor

Applicants 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 list below includes faculty who are actively recruiting students. Faculty members not listed here may also be interested in supervising graduate students. To find out about the research interests of all of our faculty members, please review our full faculty listing.

Faculty Member Research Interests (click to expand)
Matthew Adams
Assistant Professor
Keywords: Geographic information systems/science; Exposure science; Urban pollution
Dr. Adams is accepting qualified MSc and PhD students with interests in the spatial analysis of air pollution exposure and environmental pollution modelling. Our focus is individuals’ exposure to air contaminants in the urban environment. Research outputs cross between the social and natural sciences, leveraging and advancing spatial analysis; while helping to understand social science problems, such as examining the relationship of human behaviour and the built environment on exposure. We are currently emphasizing children’s exposure and air pollution conditions at schools. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in GIS, spatial analysis, and statistics. As well, experience with programing (R and Python) or a willingness to learn.

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Ron Buliung
Professor
Keywords: Disability studies, transport geography, child and youth geographies, geography of health
Ron Buliung is primarily interested in working with PhD or Masters students looking to conduct research located at the nexus of disability and transport/mobility studies. Professor Buliung is also interested in supervising research about the geographies and mobilities/transport practices of children and youth. Research questions of an intersectional nature are also of interests – i.e., those questions that bring together children/youth/disability/transport.

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Tenley Conway
Professor
Keywords: Urban environmental planning and management; Urban green infrastructure
I am looking for students interested in urban environmental planning and management to conduct research related to a larger project looking to identify challenges for urban green infrastructure approaches and effective solutions. There will be opportunities to network with NGO and government partners contributing to the project, as well as international research collaborators.

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Steven Farber
Assistant Professor
Keywords: Transportation Geography; Public transportation; Spatial Analysis; Computation; GIS; Quantitative Social Science
I am recruiting PhD students to join the Spatial Analysis of Urban Systems (SAUSy) Lab. Students with interests in quantitative methods and the interactions between transportation and socioeconomic systems are encouraged to apply.

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Paul Hess
Associate Professor
Keywords: Pedestrian environments and design; Planning for active transport modes; Streets as public space
In conjunction with Professor Raktim Mitra (Ryerson University, raktim.mitra@ryerson.ca) I am recruiting a PhD student in Planning to join our research project “Urban cycling facilities and traveller behaviour change.” The appropriate student will make scholarly contributions to the research. More information on the research program can be found here: http://transformlab.ryerson.ca/2017/03/01/urban-cycling-facilities-and-traveller-behaviour-change/ There is potential for significant financial support beyond departmental funding packages.

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Thembela Kepe
Professor
Keywords: People-environment interactions; Land rights; Politics of development
I am a human geographer whose research interest is on people-environment interactions, land rights, food security and politics of development projects. Cross-cutting themes in my work include justice, struggles of the marginalized populations and the ways in which the state exercises its power. Most of my fieldwork experience is southern Africa. I am interested in inquiries from students who want to study issues related to the themes I described above.

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Vincent Kuuire
Assistant Professor
Keywords:Migration Transnationalism and integration; Environment and health
I am seeking interested graduate students who want to work in any of the following research areas: Immigrant health and well-being in Canada; Transnational engagements and immigrant integration in Canada; Health care access in sub-Saharan Africa (particularly older people’s access to health care); Connections between urbanization, economic transformation and non-communicable diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. Potential students are encouraged to contact me to discuss their research interests.

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Nicole Latulippe
Assistant Professor
Keywords: Indigenous resource and environmental governance; Indigenous knowledge systems, laws, policies, justice and treaties; Indigenous placemaking in the urban/built environment
I am a human geographer whose research interest is on people-environment interactions, land rights, food security and politics of development projects. Cross-cutting themes in my work include justice, struggles of the marginalized populations and the ways in which the state exercises its power. Most of my fieldwork experience is southern Africa. I am interested in inquiries from students who want to study issues related to the themes I described above.

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Scott Prudham
Professor
Keywords: Political ecology; Political economy and environment; Industrial and alternative forestry
Applications are welcome from student seeking to work broadly in the areas of political economy and environment and/or in political ecology. Students specifically interested in topics dealing with conjoined dynamics of social differentiation and environmental change in agriculture or natural resource sectors are particularly encouraged to apply to work with me.

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Katharine Rankin
Professor
Keywords: Politics of planning and development; Feminist and critical theory; Culture-economy articulations
I am seeking motivated students interested in applying to the MA or Ph.D. programs in Geography or Planning to work with me on a research project on post-revolution state-building in Nepal. This research involves community-based collaborations in different regions of Nepal, with a special focus on exploring road building and infrastructure development as contested terrains of local governance and as powerful modernist aspirations for democracy and improvement.

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John Robinson
Professor
Keywords: The intersection of climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainability; The use of visualization, modeling, and citizen engagement to explore sustainable futures; Sustainable buildings and cities
I am looking for applicants who have background, or serious research interests, in one of the following areas:

  • Sustainable building performance evaluation and monitoring, and design of evaluation systems, including a focus on the behavioural interface: building/inhabitant hybrids;
  • The potential to create processes and activities that are net positive in biophysical and human terms at the building or urban scale;
  • Tools and processes for community engagement and the focus here is on using gaming and social/digital media to engage citizens in exploring sustainable futures;
  • The intersection of art and scenario analysis in interactive participatory processes
  • Transformative societal change at the urban scale, theoretical and applied dimensions
  • The role of the university as living lab and agent of change for sustainability

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Neera Singh
Associate Professor
Keywords:Environmental conservation and development Community forestry, forest tenure and forest governance Environmental behavior and subjectivity
My research interests relate to: 1) Affective and Emotional relations between humans and more-than-humans; and 2) The Commons, Commoning, and Postcapitalist Alternatives. My academic scholarship derives from longstanding prior and ongoing activist engagement with community-based forest governance and environmental justice in India. I draw from Indigenous philosophies, more-than-human geographies and theories of affect and materiality to articulate a conceptual approach that I have termed Affective Ecologies, or an affect-attentive political ecology. I welcome inquires from prospective MA and PhD students who are interested in issues of environmental justice, the commons and post-capitalist alternatives.

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Andre Sorensen
Professor
Keywords: Urban geography; Urban form; Planning history and theory
I am currently looking for excellent doctoral students who are interested in the application of historical institutionalism and comparative historical analysis to planning history and urban governance research.

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Michael Widener
Assistant Professor
Keywords: Access to healthy food and healthcare facilities Health and transportation geographies GIS, agent-based modelling, and spatial optimization
I’m recruiting students with interests in food-related behaviours, transportation and time geography. Experience with statistical methods, coding, and GIS are highly desirable.Visit this professor’s full web profile for contact information.
Jun Zhang
Associate Professor
Keywords: Urban and regional economic development; Geographic theorizing of markets, states, and institutions; Geography of innovation and entrepreneurship
I’m looking for highly competent and motivated students interested in economic geography/political economy and an academic career.Visit this professor’s full web profile for contact information.