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 applicant 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.

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Buliung, RonProfessor 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.
Conway, Tenley I am looking to supervise one or two Masters or PhD students who are interested in environmental geography. Specifically, working on projects exploring (1) green infrastructure or urban forestry policy and management or (2) residents experiences, knowledge, attitudes and actions in relation to small-scale green infrastructure and yard trees. I consider these topics from a socio-ecological systems perspective, emphasizing interactions among different actors, in light of environmental change and justice considerations.
Farber, StevenI am seeking applications for PhDs in Geography or Planning with interests in transportation, accessibility, spatial analysis, travel behaviour modelling, and transportation-land use interactions. I am also interested in social and economic analyses of emerging mobility technologies.
Miron, JohnI am interested in how transportation within cities shapes, and is shaped by, the conduct of ordinary life (the life of production and the life of the family) in general, and the pursuit of the good life in particular. I welcome students interested in urban transportation who focus on (1) purposeful activity of individuals and organizations (e.g, households and firms) either in pursuit of the good life and other objectives or on (2) coping with transportation not well suited to them. I also welcome students interested in the design of transportation systems that might better enable ordinary life and the "good life".
Robinson, JohnSeeking students interested in: Sustainable building design and operation – with 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; methods and theories of transdisciplinary co-production of knowledge; Transformative societal change at the urban scale; The role of the university as living lab and agent of change for sustainability
Singh, NeeraI am recruiting MA and PhD students for a new research project on alternative approaches to ecological restoration. The project entitled, “Ecologies of Care: Forest Landscape Restoration in India” examines social and ecological outcomes of state-led afforestation programs in India and ongoing community-based and citizen-led approaches to ecological nurturance. While, my ideal student would be someone who is already embedded in activist-academic networks on Indigenous rights and environmental justice in India, I am equally enthusiastic about working with students who wish to explore decolonization of nature-people relations, alternatives to neoliberal conservation, revival of the commons, ecological care and affective ecologies in other parts of the world.
Spicer, JasonI welcome students/applicants interested in three broad areas:
1. The role that politics, planning and policy play in conditioning the viability of alternative economic forms at multiple spatial scales, from the city-region to the transnational, across the Global North. These community-oriented, social and solidarity economy alternatives may include enterprise models such as cooperatives, industrial foundations, special purpose trusts (e.g. data trusts, land trusts) and innovative non-hierarchical or non-profit networked forms in the high-tech sector. 2. Political implications of rising inter-urban/regional economic inequality, polarization, and populism in rich democracies. 3. Links between community development, economic development, and sexual and gender diversity.