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Doug A. Graffeo
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MA student
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My research focuses on the spaces of socialization and community-building for non-binary people in Toronto, especially as these serve as sites of spatial reclamation and gender self-determination. I am also the author of Pa’Lante Marica, a podcast on the life stories of queer Venezuelans in Toronto. In addition, I’m also interested in:

  • Queer and trans geographies
  • Geographies of resistance, resilience, and belonging
  • Queer, critical, and affect theory
  • Neoliberalism, segregation, and marginalization
  • Venezuela’s social, political, and economic crisis in the 21st century
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Jordan Aharoni
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MA student
Research Interests
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  • GIS
  • Transportation Geography
  • Cycling
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Active Transportation
  • GIS Programming
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Phone: (647) 801-8973

Email: jordan.aharoni@mail.utoronto.ca

Office – UTM: William G. Davis Building Room 3207

Office – St. George: Sidney Smith Building Room 615

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Nil Alt
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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • economic geography
  • geographies of markets
  • food systems; food justice
  • alternative food movements
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Sabrien Amrov
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Cultural Geography
  • Political Geography
  • Imperial Histories
  • Critical Security Studies
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Zach Anderson
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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Political Ecology
  • Cultural Politics of Resource Extraction and Development
  • Neoliberalism and Market-based Conservation
  • The “Green Economy”
  • Indonesia (East Kalimantan)

My research investigates the rollout of ‘green economy’ projects in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Specifically, I examine the spread of carbon forestry projects and discourse in the district of Berau, against a backdrop of oil palm plantation expansion. I draw on critical political economy and political ecology to examine the role that institutions of global environmental governance, corporations, and state and civil society institutions play in the creation of new ‘green’ commodities for global consumption. I am also interested in how this process underwrites the emergence and modificaiton of local environmental subjectivities and leads to a novel reimagining of an Indonesian forest landscape as a frontier for green investment.

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Office: Room 5019, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, U of T, M5S 3G3
Email: z.anderson [at] utoronto.ca

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Sydney Baker
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MA student
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  • Waste management, focused on recycling in Southern Africa
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Courtney Balaz-Munn
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MA student
Research Interests
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  • Transitional justice
  • Truth and reconciliation commissions
  • Nation-building
  • Social transformation
  • Land conflict
  • Feminist political ecology
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office: room 570, Sidney Smith Hall

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Amanda Baldo
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MA student
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  • Settlement services;
  • Non-profit organizations;
  • Canadian immigration;
  • Minority groups;
  • Health and well-being;
  • Housing;
  • Urban-rural migration;
  • Social/political/economic geographies.
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Olivia Bernard
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MA student
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  • Geographies of Education
  • Racialized Education
  • Social Justice and Social Geography
  • Streaming system in Toronto
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Hernan Bianchi Benguria
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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Resource Extraction
  • Territorial Dispossession
  • Political Ecology
  • Electromobility & ‘Green’ Energy
  • Andean Plateau & Atacama Desert
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Office: Room 588, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3
Phone: (857) 999-5723
email: hernan.bianchibenguria@mail.utoronto.ca

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Patrick Braszak
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Transboundary Protected Areas
  • Endangered Species
  • North America
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Catherine Brokenshire
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MA student
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  • Political ecology
  • Food access, availability, and justice
  • Community development
  • Rural/urban divides
  • Human-Environment interactions
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Maximilian Buchholz
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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Regional Economic Development
  • Inequality
  • Migration
  • Institutions
  • Globalization

 

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Benjamin Patrick Butler
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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Critical disability studies
  • Political geography
  • Critical security studies
  • Borders
  • Embodiment
  • Feminist theory
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Office 617a
Sid Smith
100 St George

benjamin.butler [at] mail.utoronto.ca

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Madelaine Cristina Cahuas
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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Migration, diaspora, citizenship and activism
  • Environmental health justice
  • Neighbourhood planning for health equity
  • Community participation, urban governance and non-profit sector
  • Race, gender, identity, Latinidad
  • Critical race feminism, anti-colonial studies and Chicana/Latina feminisms
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Evan Castel
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Urban built form and its relationships with social processes and mental health
  • Healthcare quality
  • History of architecture and urban planning
  • GIS

My academic research is situated at the intersection of urban planning, architecture and public health, where I use a health equity lens with geospatial and epidemiological tools to examine connections between the built environment and human health. My doctoral work focuses on the unique built environment of high-rise habitation, using large Statistics Canada datasets and GIS to examine the health and social consequences of life in the current high-rise boom as well as in the aging, stigmatized high-rises that are central to Canada’s low-income urban housing stock. This work, supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, is providing the first national examination of the social and health implications of high-rise living, bringing insight into the effects of density and the role of disadvantage in Canada’s urban centres.

My undergraduate education was in the life sciences and then architecture (Queen’s University and University of Toronto), followed by ten years of experience in architecture and urban planning policy roles, including working for Ontario’s Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal (now Ministry of Infrastructure) on the preparation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. After developing my research and policy skills in these roles in the private and public sectors, I began graduate studies with a Master’s degree in health sciences at York University before beginning my present doctoral degree.  I am always interested in community and academic feedback and collaboration, and welcome inquiry via my contact information above.

 

 

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Email: evan.castel AT utoronto.ca   Twitter: https://twitter.com/evancastel/
Office: Department of Geography, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, Room 5001, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON  M5S 3G3, tel (416) 978-3375

 

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Valentina Castellini
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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Cultures and representations of work
  • Labour in social & solidarity economies
  • Geographies of the workplace
  • Labour politics and post-work imaginaries
  • Green economies
  • Urban interventions: DIY Gardening & Urban Agriculture
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Michael Chrobok
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Food accessibility, food deserts, and food justice
  • Consumer preferences and shopping behaviours in multicultural cities
  • The cultural politics of NASCAR racing
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Office: Sid Smith Hall, 617A

Email: michael.chrobok@mail.utoronto.ca

Twitter: @mwchrobok

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Dena Coffman
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MA student
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  • Rural-urban migration
  • Latin America
  • GIS, remote sensing & critical GIS
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Quinn Conlon
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MA student
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  • Urban decline and territorial stigmatization
  • Housing
  • Political economy
  • Ongoing colonialism and resistance in Settler Cities
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Bryan Dale
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Human Geography PhD Candidate
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  • Political economy and ecology
  • Counterhegemony / Gramscian theories
  • Climate change
  • Food sovereignty
  • Agroecology
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Office: Room 5021, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, Toronto ON M5S 3G3
Email: bryan [dot] dale [at] mail [dot] utoronto [dot] ca

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Angela Day
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Geographies of Health and Healing
  • Political Ecology and Environmental Justice
  • Feminist Theory
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Amber DeJohn
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MA student
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  • Transportation geography
  • Mental Health and Green Space/Environmental Exposure
  • GIS/Spatial Statistics
  • Economic Geography
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Jaafar Dirie
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Migration
  • Security
  • Development

 

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Kyla Egan
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MA student
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  • migration
  • immigration
  • central america
  • latin america
  • human geography
  • feminist geography
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Anna Ek
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MA student
Research Interests
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  • labour practices and volunteerism in urban agriculture
  • urban agriculture as a social movement
  • social reproduction
  • political ecology
  • anti-racist frameworks
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Roxana Escobar
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Afro-Latin American Feminism
  • Black Feminism
  • Political Ecology
  • Latin American Studies
  • Afro-Peruvian studies
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Mitra Fakhrashrafi
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MA student
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self-declared artist/archivist interested in everything toronto (read: scarborough). currently studying embodied illegalities and the possibilities/contradictions of toronto’s “sanctuary city” in the context of white settler colonial imaginaries and the nation-state that always already treats non-white bodies as second-class and “illegalized” citizens.

  • Geographies of exclusion, racialization, colonial urbanism
  • Border imperialism, im/migration
  • Multiculturalism, nationalism, and citizenship
  • Oral histories and histories of resistance
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Beyhan Farhadi
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Geographies of education
  • Knowledge economies
  • Digital ethnography
  • Sociology of technology
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Lia Frederiksen
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Urban Geography
  • Feminist Geography and Political Economy
  • Public Space, Political Geography, and the Production of Scale
  • Labour, Social Reproduction, and Knowledge
  • Public Libraries
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Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street — Room 5047, University of Toronto, Department of Geography, Toronto, ON  M5S 3G3

 

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Clio Fregoli
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MA student
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My research focuses on the spaces, both inside and outside of conventional educational spaces, where queer women learn about sexual health in Toronto.

  • Sexual Health Education
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • LGBTQ+ Population
  • Queer Geography
  • Geographies of Education
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Hannah Galloway
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MA student
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  • Urban Geography
  • Urban Street Design
  • Complete Streets
  • Pedestrian Networks & Public Spaces
  • Political Geography
  • Health Geography
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Room 618, Sidney Smith Hall, University of Toronto, 100 St. George Street, Toronto, ON

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Kiley Goyette
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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • urban history
  • production of space
  • residential spaces
  • everyday life
  • domestic labour
  • neighbourhood change
  • race, ethnicity, multiculturalism & space
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Office SS 5029 – Cultural Economy Lab

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Sean Grisdale
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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • digital/platform capitalism
  • gentrification and neighbourhood change
  • political economy of housing and infrastructure development
  • financialization and financial crisis
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Office: Room 621, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, U of T, M5S 3G3
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Emily Hawes
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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Urban Geography
  • Economic and Financial Geography
  • Feminist Economic Geography
  • Household Debt and Everyday Life
  • Income and Wealth Inequality
  • Inter-generational Inequalities
  • Housing and mortgage markets
  • Financialization, Financial Subjectivities
  • Financial Geography of Pensions and Retirement
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Anastasia Hervas
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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Climate change policy (Kyoto, CDM, REDD+)
  • Biofuels – socio-economic and environmental impacts of feedstock production and trade
  • Rural livelihoods and development
  • Latin America
  • Political Ecology
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Office: 45 St. George st. Room 110 (Physical Geography Building)

Email: anastasia.gousseva@mail.utoronto.ca

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Ezra Ho
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Environmental Politics and Governance
  • Environmental Management
  • Cultural Politics of Nature
  • Everyday Life
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Jo-Tzu Huang
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Political Ecology
  • Science,Technology& Society (STS)
  • The politics of Science
  • urban geography
  • Regional Focus: East Asia, especially Taiwan and China.
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Symon James-Wilson
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MA student
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My MA thesis project investigates historical and contemporary geographies of school segregation in the United States, with particular attention to racialized communities’ critical interventions in urban and suburban spaces of educational inequity. I have previously conducted research on the educational geographies of female migrant domestic worker training programs in Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines, and on the social and environmental impacts of resource extractive industries in Guyana. Broadly, my research interests include:

  • Critical Geographies of Education
  • Black Geographies
  • Urban Geography
  • Feminist Geography
  • Carceral Geographies
  • Infrastructure Studies
  • Migration and Mobility Studies
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Caroline Kamm
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MA student
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  • Agriculture in free trade agreements
  • Food movements
  • Mexican land tenure
  • Food policy
  • Agricultural subsidies and rural development
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Andrew Kaufman
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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Financialization
  • Sovereign Debt
  • Socio-Spatial Inequality
  • Homelessness
  • Mobility
  • Precarious Housing (Rooming Houses)
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Helen Ketema
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MA student
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  • Urban Geography
  • Transnationalism
  • Domestic Labour & Labour Migration
  • Intersections of race, gender, and nationality
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Yasmin Khan
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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Gender and Access to Agricultural Resources
  • Feminist Political Economy/Ecology
  • Gender, Aquaculture and Fisheries
  • Gender and Livelihoods
  • Global South
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Atif Khan
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MA student
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  • Legal Geography
  • Surveillance Studies
  • Drone Warfare
  • Critical Security Studies
  • South Asia, Africa, Middle East
  • Nation States, Borders & Imperialism
  • Experimental Research Design & Methodology
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Hyun-Chul Kim
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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Queer geopolitics in East Asia
  • Evangelical-secular urban formation process
  • Queer diaspora
  • disabilities and bordered spaces
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Lazar Konforti
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • agrarian political economy
  • rural livelihoods
  • land access, land grabbing, land reform, land rights, etc.
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Robert Kopack
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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Cold War
  • Science and technology
  • Kazakhstan and Central Asia

My doctoral work at the University of Toronto focuses on the Cold War and specifically from the Soviet side. I am interested in the sites used for weapons testing and the development of strategic science and technology in Kazakhstan. For a dissertation project, my perspective is to contextualize Kazakhstan, both during the Soviet period and since 1991, as a ‘laboratory space’ for the realization of key military goals like nuclear weapons, space travel, and a range of ballistic missiles and other tactical armaments. The research sites that I have chosen for this study include Kurchatov (Semipalatinsk), the Baikonur Cosmodrome, and the Sary Shagan test field. My contention is that due to specific geographic planning and resource allocation, Kazakhstan was broadly used as a research space. The legacy of this and the forms of science and technology that were realized in Kazakhstan continue to play a crucial role in its post-Soviet political-economy.

Since 2009 I have been researching, working, and traveling in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. My master’s work at Michigan State University looked at the negotiation of Soviet memorial, commemorative, and symbolic landscapes and the degree to which these are maintained, relocated, or effaced. This research brought me into the sites that I have chosen for my doctoral work.

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Janina Kowalski
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • urban ecology
  • political ecology
  • urban vegetation
  • urban green space
  • ethnobotany
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Philip Kuligowski Chan
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MA student
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  • Citizenship
  • Legal geography
  • Jurisdiction
  • Urban policy
  • Canadian politics
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Amrita Kumar-Ratta
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Social and Cultural Geography
  • Political Geography
  • Transnational Migration
  • Intersectional Feminism and Violence Against Women
  • Critical Policy Studies
  • South Asian Diasporas
  • Social Inclusion, Health Equity and Community Development
  • Mediated Representation
  • Arts-Based Methodologies
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Jennifer Langill
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MA student
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  • Rural livelihoods
  • Livelihood vulnerability
  • Coping and adaptation
  • Financial inclusion and sustainability
  • Peruvian Amazon
  • Laos
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Elsie Lewison
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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • critical development studies
  • feminist political economy
  • agrarian transitions
  • agricultural science and technology
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Bochu Liu
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Time Geography
  • Transportation behaviors
  • Access to healthy food
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Nick Lombardo
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Urban Geography
  • Legal Geographies and Jurisdiction
  • Historical Geography
  • Planning and Land-Use Governance
  • Ports, Shipping, and Transportation
  • Infrastructure
  • Urban Governance and Institutions
  • My research interests fall broadly under the heading of urban and economic geography. In particular I am interested in the interplay between capital, technology, and the state, specifically in relation to large-scale infrastructure planning and land-use law. Empirically, I focus on New York City after the American Civil War, from 1865 until the Great Depression began, in 1929.
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Lindsay Lucato
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MA student
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  • Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Policy
  • Corporate Motivations
  • Energy Efficiency
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Hamdi Mahmoud
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MA student
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  • Migration Theory
  • Transnationalism
  • Diaspora
  • Development
  • Policy
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Cynthia Malone
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • the science and political ecology of environmental conservation
  • human-wildlife interactions in development frontiers
  • industrial agriculture and extractive industry expansion in tropical ecosystems
  • decolonization praxis
  • Black feminist geographies
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Leah Marajh
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Water Sustainability
  • Climate Change
  • Urban Resilience
  • Tropical Environments
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Loren March
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • queer geographies
  • production of space
  • liminality
  • everyday life
  • queer urban ecologies
  • neoliberal capitalist planning, politics and aesthetics
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Zannah Mae Matson
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Human Geography PhD Candidate
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  • Infrastructure Ethnography
  • Landscape Theory
  • Conflict Urbanism
  • Post-Conflict Reconstruction
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Katie Mazer
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Cultural politics of work
  • Resource economies
  • Labour migration
  • Political economy
  • Critical geographies of Canada

Through a historical and ethnographic examination of labour migration between Canada’s east coast and extractive resource industries ‘out west’, my work analyses the confluence of regional decline, state regulation of (un)employment and the unemployed, and the political economy of resource extraction. In undertaking this research, I’m interested in challenging normative understandings of productivity and the ideological dominance of oil and gas as the solution to poverty and unemployment in rural Canada.

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Killian McCormack
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Militarism and geopolitics
  • Critical security studies
  • Globalization and postcolonialism
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Office: Room 5012, Sidney Smith Hall

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Rebecca (Becky) McMillan
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Political ecology
  • Water and sanitation
  • Critical development studies
  • Commons and citizenship
  • Environmental governance
  • Gender
  • Latin American studies
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Leah Montange
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • migration
  • detention centers
  • unfree labor
  • citizenship and non-citizenship

I am broadly interested in the confluence of precarious and unfree migrant labor; the securitization of migration and especially the deployment of migrant detention; and discourses of nationalism and racialization.  I am particularly interested in three major tensions within this field:

1) between autonomous migration and state sovereignty and territoriality.

2) between the production/protection of state sovereignty and the production of a pool of cheap migrant labor

3) between liberal socio-legal frameworks and discourses of exclusion, belonging, and deservingness

My scholarly work explores how these tensions manifest in, shape, and are re-produced in systems of migration detention and incarceration.  This research is under-girded by an interest in how systems of migration enforcement and management are actively contested and re-shaped by an array of non-state actors including migrants and detainees.

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Cynthia Morinville
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Political ecology
  • Resource access and inequalities
  • Feminist epistemologies
  • Critical development studies
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Sarah Nelson
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Indigenous peoples
  • Health and social services
  • Indigenous and critical research methodologies
  • Qualitative research
  • Community well-being
  • Indigenous community resurgence
  • Anti-colonialism
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Hassan Nima
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Urban geography
  • Racialized geographies
  • Media geographies
  • Citizenship
  • Rights to the city
  • Geopolitics
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Neil Nunn
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  •  geographies of waste
  • posthuman and relational ontologies
  • anticolonial thought
  • feminist geographies
  • emotional geographies
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Sinead Petrasek
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • urban theory
  • feminist geography
  • infrastructure
  • community-based planning
  • cultural geography & planning
  • geographies of labour
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Rachel Phillips
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MA student
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  • Urban economic geography
  • Declining cities
  • Urban policy
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Office: SS570

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Eleanor Rae
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • cultural and symbolic landscapes
  • condominium development in Toronto
  • urban neoliberalism
  • gentrification, place-making, and neighbourhood transformation
  • creative city strategies
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Léa Ravensbergen
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Cycling
  • Critical mobilities
  • Feminist urban geography
  • Embodiment
  • Health inequalities
  • Migration
  • GIS
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Khatija Sahib
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MA student
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  • Municipal Works Infrastructure
  • Socio-Political and Environmental Problems
  • Policy Tools
  • Environmental Economics and Public Policy
  • Political Ecology and Economy

 

 

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Thomas Saleh
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MA student
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  • social implications of natural resource management policies
  • conceptions of nature and implications for social institutions
  • role of the Economy in common perceptions of nature, culture, and work, particularly in rural areas
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Naomi Schwartz
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Disability
  • Food access
  • Transportation
  • Urban design
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Hafsah Siddiqui
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MA student
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  • Urban Geography
  • Political Economy
  • Informality in the Global South
  • South Asia
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Dylan Simone
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Political Economy of Housing and Mortgage Markets
  • Geographies of Immigration, Migration, Refugees
  • Finance, Financialization and Financial Crises
  • ‘Big’ Data and the Politics of Inclusion
  • Urban Inequality and Neighbourhood Change
  • Urban/Economic/Social/Political/Critical Theory
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Kimberley Slater
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • large scale participatory processes
  • social mobilization and sustainability
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Philip Son
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MA student
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  • Political ecology
  • Natural resource extraction and conflict
  • Rural livelihoods and development
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Stephanie Stanov
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MA student
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  • social and environmental justice issues
  • neighbourhood scale greening initiatives
  • urban historical geography
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Adriana Stark
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MA student
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  • Cities
  • Labour geography
  • Precarious work
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Nathan Stewart
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Globalization and regional development; international political economy; urban economic geography; state theory
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Shaheer Tarar
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MA student
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  • Use of maps to construct, contest and reinforce ideas of nationhood and statehood
  • Use of maps as tools of colonial intervention and decolonial struggle
  • Documentary artifacts
  • Satellites and aerial imagery
  • The partition of South Asia
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Laura Tozer
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • climate change
  • governance
  • cities
  • urban sustainability
  • environmental geography
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Isabel Urrutia
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Xicanx and latinx feminisms, borderlands epistemology
  • Health and community
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Laura Valencia
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MA student
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  • Feminist political ecology
  • South Asia
  • Social movements
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Nicole Van Lier
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Political ecology
  • Feminist political economy
  • Settler colonialism
  • Nationalism and state-formation
  • Land and resource conflicts
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Laura Vaz-Jones
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • political ecology
  • feminist political economy
  • urban theory
  • environmental justice
  • land struggles
  • displacement
  • critical race theory
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Samuel Walker
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Political ecology
  • Critical GIS
  • The alternative food movement
  • Urban agriculture in North America
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Yi Wang
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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Political economy of food and agriculture
  • Labor geographies
  • Hegemony and class/race/gender formation

I am interested broadly in the contradictory socio-spatial relations and processes through which diverse subalterns come to experience, (re)produce, understand, and transform the world through labor. My current project focuses on how contemporary workers’ movements in the food service and retail sectors in the United States are rupturing ‘labor’ and ‘food’ as terrains of class formation and of struggle over the production of nature.

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Christopher Webb
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Youth, education and class mobility in South Africa
  • Student struggles and the politics of indebtedness
  • Unemployment, debt and new forms of social welfare in the Global South
  • Political economy, particularly finance
  • Critical development studies
  • African cities and southern urbanism
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Hannah Linnea Wilkinson
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MA student
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  • Post-Secondary Student Food Behaviour
  • Urban Food Access
  • Food Consumption and Norms
  • Environment and Health
  • Food Systems
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  • Room 608, Sidney Smith Hall
  • University of Toronto
  • 100 St. George Street
  • Toronto, ON
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Ruilin Yang
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Geography of FDI
  • Financial Constraints of SMEs
  • Rural-urban Migration and Urbanization
  • Political Economy and Development
  • China
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Connie Yang
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Feminist geopolitics
  • Militarism & war
  • Critical security studies
  • Israel/Palestine
  • US empire
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Wei Si Nicole Yiu
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Story Telling
  • Queer Desires and Intimacy
  • Diaspora and Migration
  • Global Care Chain and Transnational Female Workers
  • Spatial Appropriation and Feminist Geography
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Leqian Yu
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • Geographies of marketization and finance
  • Agrarian transition and urbanization
  • Political economy
  • Ethnographic methods
  • China
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Adam Zendel
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Human Geography PhD Candidate
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  • Cultural Economy
  • Live Music Industry
  • Touring Music Industry
  • Urban Economic Geography
  • Cultural Industries
  • Precarious Labour

Broadly, I am interested in the livelihoods, identities and working conditions of cultural workers. My doctoral research explores the everyday life of touring musicians. I am particularly interested in how touring musicians and crew take care of themselves on the road, how they maintain relationships back home, and they come to understand themselves as workers.

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Phone: (647) 936 – 3056

Email: adam.zendel@mail.utoronto.ca