St George Undergraduate Faculty

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Christian Abizaid
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Associate Professor
Research Interests
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  • Environment and development
  • Indigenous and peasant livelihoods and resource use in Latin America
  • Vulnerability and resilience
  • Rural poverty
  • Forest and biodiversity conservation
  • Social networks
  • Neotropical forests; mainly Amazonia and Mexico
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Joint Appointment with School of the Environment
Department of Geography and Planning | Room 5055, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George Street) |
Toronto ON, M5S 3G3 | Tel: 416.978.3373 | Fax: 416.946.3886 | christian.abizaid@utoronto.ca

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Call for Students

I am looking for students interested in joining my research program on rural livelihoods, poverty and environment in the Peruvian Amazon. This program seeks to understand how rural peoples make a living within the context of environmental and socioeconomic change, and to explain the spatial and social distribution of poverty. Possible themes include: river dynamics and livelihoods; greater access to affordable motors and cell phones and their implications for labor, marketing and finance; covid-19; social networks (e.g., religion, sports, kinship), livelihoods and resilience; small Amazonian towns and their role in the regional economy; floodplain agriculture and/or fisheries. Inquiries from motivated students with a suitable academic background, an interest in field-based work, Spanish proficiency and prior research/travel experience in Latin America are strongly encouraged, as are students with experience with field experiments or social networks. Students will be expected to seek additional external funding opportunities. Individuals with a broader interest on cultural/political ecology, rural livelihoods in Latin America should also feel free to contact me. Please include a brief research statement, cv, and transcripts. For more details see the Peruvian Amazon Rural Livelihoods (PARLAP) site at: https://parlap.geog.mcgill.ca/

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Harald Bathelt
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Professor
Research Interests
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  • Economic geography
  • Relational economic geography
  • Clusters, innovation systems and knowledge-creation
  • Political economy
  • Industrial restructuring and globalization
  • Regional policy and governance
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Department of Political Science
Phone:    (416) 946-0183
Location: Room 3132, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George Street)
Email:     harald.bathelt@utoronto.ca

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Call for Students

I welcome students that are interested to work in areas related to economic geography, such as the following: I. Interregional Inequality and Regional Development: Quickly increasing inequality causes concern and drives populism. This research hypothesizes that regional development depends on the ability to mobilize resources and networks across different spatial scales. II. Knowledge Generation over Distance: This research is based on the assumption that the competitiveness of firms depends on their ability to engage in creating and circulating knowledge both within and beyond their regional environment. III. Cluster Evolution and Institutional Change: This research is interested in (i) processes of how clusters emerge, (ii) the consequences of institutional change for cluster dynamics, (iii) the impact of cross-cluster networks.

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Alana Boland
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Associate Professor
Research Interests
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  • Environment and development
  • Sustainability and urban political economy
  • China (1950s to present)
  • Water governance
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Phone:    (416) 978-1587
Fax:        (416) 946-3886
Location: Room 5006, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)
Email:     boland@geog.utoronto.ca

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Don Boyes
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Professor, Teaching Stream
Research Interests
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  • Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Teaching with technology, online and blended/hybrid learning
  • Information technology in higher education
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Phone:    (416) 978-1585
Fax:          (416) 946-3886
Location: Room 5011, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George Street)
Email:     don.boyes@utoronto.ca

Twitter: @donboyes
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/geoboyes
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donboyes

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Jing Chen
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Professor
Research Interests
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  • Remote sensing
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Biogeochemical Cycle Modelling
  • Hydrology
  • Micrometeorology
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Phone:    (416) 978-7085
Location: Room 5058, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)
Email:     chenj@geog.utoronto.ca

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Call for Students

I am looking for graduate students (MSc and PhD) to participate in projects: “Remote Sensing of Vegetation Photosynthetic Capacity and Its Application to Global Carbon and Water Cycle Estimation” funded by NSERC and “Global water futures: solution to water threats in an era of global change” funded by Canadian First Research Excellence Fund. Students will have opportunities to conduct field measurements at tower flux sites near Borden and Turkey Lake, to further develop remote sensing algorithms for leaf traits retrieval at regional and global scales, and to carry out carbon and water cycle modeling using remote sensing inputs.

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Deborah Cowen
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Professor
Research Interests
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  • Contested spaces
  • Geographies of citizenship and labour
  • Militarism, violence, and security
  • Cities and social justice
  • Sub/urban politics
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Phone:    (416) 946-0567
Location: Room 5033, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)
Email:     deb.cowen@utoronto.ca

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Michelle Daigle
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Assistant Professor
Research Interests
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  • Indigenous geographies and ecologies
  • Settler colonialism
  • Indigenous resurgence
  • Decolonial geographies
  • Geographies of resource extraction
  • Indigenous feminism
  • Indigenous food sovereignty
  • Indigenous water governance

I am Mushkegowuk (Cree), a member of Constance Lake First Nation in Treaty 9, and of French ancestry. Broadly, my research examines colonial capitalist dispossession and violence on Indigenous lands and bodies, as well as Indigenous practices of resurgence and freedom. My current research project is on environmental (in)justice in Mushkegowuk territory. Over the past several years, I have also collaborated with Dr. Magie Ramirez, in an effort to build grounded theorizations of decolonial geographies.

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Phone: 416-946-7260
Location: Room 5016B, Sidney Smith Hall
100 St. George St.
Toronto, ON M5S 3G3
m.daigle@utoronto.ca

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Call for Students

I am currently accepting students who work on various topics related to Indigenous and anti-colonial geographies. Please contact me directly if you would like to discuss the possibility of working with me.

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Joseph Desloges
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Professor
Research Interests
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  • Holocene fluvial and glacial landscape reconstruction using sedimentary archives
  • Reconstruction of extreme events
  • Urbanization impacts on stream erosion
  • River geoarchaeology

The influence of rivers, glaciers and humans on landform development in the northern hemisphere, mainly in the mountain areas of Canada, Greenland and Iceland with emphasis on B.C., the southern Yukon and southern Ontario.

My special interests are the influence of climate change and human disturbance on geomorphic processes and landform change with an emphasis on river floodplains and sediment yield in glacierized landscapes. Contemporary and Holocene glacier fluctuations have been reconstructed using terrestrial and high-resolution glaciolacustrine and glaciomarine sedimentary archives. I have conducted research mainly in large glacier-fed lakes of the western Canadian Cordillera and, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Copenhagen, deep fiords of western Greenland. More recent work has focussed on late Quaternary and Holocene fluvial environments of southern Ontario with particular emphasis on decoupling the influence of humans disturbance on erosion from that associated with climate-induced changes. Geophysical, geochronology and geoarchaeology methods have been used extensively to develop and interpret the sedimentary record.

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Location: Department of Earth Sciences: Earth Sciences Centre
Office: ES 2124
Lab: ES3095
22 Russell Street
Phone:  (416) 978-3709
Email:  joseph.desloges@utoronto.ca

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Call for Students

Student interested research on fluvial landforms and processes in an urbanizing environment

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Richard DiFrancesco
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Associate Professor
Chair St. George
Research Interests
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  • The functioning and evolution of regional economic clusters
  • The policy implications of cluster evolution in the face of changing trade environments
  • Interests also overlap heavily with the field of urban dynamics insofar as the evolution of economic clusters is most clearly felt at the urban scale
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Phone:    (416) 978-4977
Location: Room 5050a, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)
Email:     richard.difrancesco@utoronto.ca

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Call for Students

I am interested in recruiting MA students with expertise/proficiency with GIS and who may be interested in working in the area of Global Production Networks as they relate to changing regional economic structure and outcomes in North America, China or Europe. Students also interested in working with World Input-Output Data and Models would be particularly welcome.

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Heather Dorries
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Assistant Professor
Research Interests
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  • Indigenous planning
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Settler colonial urbanism
  • Planning history and theory
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Phone: 416-946-8260
Location: Room 5016C, Sidney Smith Hall
100 St. George St.
Toronto, ON M5S 3G3
heather.dorries@utoronto.ca

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Call for Students

I am interested in working with students who have interests related to: Indigenous worldviews and environments with a focus on North America; settler colonialism and planning; urban floodwater infrastructure.

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Matthew Farish
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Associate Professor
Research Interests
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  • Militarism, geopolitics, and geographical knowledge
  • The global Cold War
  • Environmental history
  • Urban culture
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Phone:    (416) 978-6671
Location: Room 5040, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)
Email:     farish@geog.utoronto.ca

Twitter: @mattfarish

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Call for Students

I am keen to work with an MA student pursuing an archive- or library-based historical project around one or more of the following subjects: critical military geographies; the US Cold War; and urban cultural geographies. My own research is North America-focused, but this is not a requirement.

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Meric Gertler
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Professor
Research Interests
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  • Cities as sites of innovation and creativity
  • Role of universities and research organizations in urban economies
  • Regional and national systems of innovation
  • Institutions, technological and industrial change in geographical context
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Phone:    (416) 978-2121
Location: Suite 206, 27 King’s College circle
Email:     president@utoronto.ca

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Emily Gilbert
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Professor
Research Interests
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  • Citizenship, borders and security
  • Nationalism, postcolonialism, globalization
  • The culture and politics of money
  • Social and political theory
  • North America

My current research revolves around issues related to citizenship, borders, security, economy, nation-states and globalization. I am particularly interested in the ways that North American geopolitical relations are being reshaped, and how the idea of risk—both economic and social—has been used to discipline behaviour and promote new forms of citizenship. This work also considers the securitization of the region, with a focus on changing border practices and policies. Another aspect of my research addresses the social, cultural and political dimensions of money, from the cultural values inscribed on national currencies, to the proposals for a North American Monetary Union, to general theories of money and exchange. While much of the above work interrogates the concept of the nation-state, I also continue to be fascinated by visual and literary representations, and have examined urban and wilderness narratives with a special emphasis on Canadian national identity and belonging.

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Phone:    (416) 978-0751
Location: Room B301, University College
Email:     emily.gilbert@utoronto.ca

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Kanishka Goonewardena
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Associate Professor
Research Interests
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  • Critical theory and Marxist philosophy
  • Architecture and urban planning
  • Colonialism, imperialism, nationalism
  • South Asia (Sri Lanka)
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Phone:    (416) 978-2974

Location: Room 5062, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)
Email:     kanishka.goonewardena@utoronto.ca

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Jason Hackworth
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Professor
Research Interests
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  • Urban political economy
  • Comparative urban policy
  • Ethno-racial conflict
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Phone:    (416) 946-8764

Location: Room 5010, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)
Email:     jason.hackworth@utoronto.ca

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Danny Harvey
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Professor
Research Interests
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  • Energy efficiency potential and costs
  • Renewable energy potential and costs
  • Global energy system decarbonization scenarios
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Phone:    (416) 978-1588
Location: Room 5032, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)
Email:     harvey@geog.utoronto.ca

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Call for Students

Students with a quantitative and science background with an interest in the integration of spatially distributed wind and solar energy resources with energy storage and energy demand management, or in the quantitative analysis of energy efficiency measures in specific end use sectors, or in the balance of energy supply and demand in specific regions under scenarios of stringent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, are sought.

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Paul Hess
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Associate Professor
Research Interests
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  • Pedestrian environments and design
  • Planning for active transport modes
  • Streets as public space
  • Transport and equity
  • Suburban form and development
  • Planning history
  • Planning systems, development control and urban form
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Phone:    (416) 978-4955
Location: Room 5067, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)
Email:     hess@geog.utoronto.ca

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Deborah Leslie
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Professor
Research Interests
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  • Cultural industries
  • Commodity chains
  • Material culture
  • Urban economic development
  • Economic geography
  • Feminist geography
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Phone:    (416) 978-8467
Location: Room 5066, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)
Email:     leslie@geog.utoronto.ca

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Robert Lewis
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Professor
Research Interests
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  • Historical geography of North American economic restructuring
  • Industrial and social geography of suburban Chicago, 1850-1950
  • Wartime manufacturing and metropolitan growth
  • Colonial urban India and social exclusion
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Phone:    (416) 978-1590
Location: Room 5003, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)
Email:     lewis@geog.utoronto.ca

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Jane Liu
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Associate Professor
Research Interests
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  • Atmospheric environment (pollution transport and emission from fires, air quality and health implications, satellite monitoring, modeling)
  • Tropospheric and stratospheric ozone
  • Climate change
  • Atmosphere-biosphere interactions (carbon, water, and energy cycles, land surface schemes, biogenic emissions)
  • Remote sensing of atmosphere and land
  • Ecological modeling
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Office address:

Room 6028, Sidney Smith Building, 100 St. George Street
Tel: (416) 946-5389 , Fax: (416) 946-3886
Email:    janejj.liu@utoronto.ca

Mailing address:

100 St. George Street, Room 6028, Department of Geography and Program in Planning, University of Toronto, Toronto Ontario, Canada M5S 3G3

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Call for Students

I welcome graduate students interested in studying environmental issues related to our atmosphere, biosphere, and/or interactions between them with advanced methods in remote sensing, model simulations, field experiments, and data analysis. I welcome highly self-motivated students with one or more backgrounds in geography, atmospheric science, environmental science, engineering, physics, mathematics, and other related disciplines. Please see my research interests on my website.

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Virginia Maclaren
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Associate Professor
Research Interests
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  • Waste management
  • Sustainability indicators
  • Environmental assessment
  • South East Asia (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia), China

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Phone:    (416) 978-3378
Location: Room 5016A, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)
Email:     maclaren@geog.utoronto.ca

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I look forward to working with master’s students who have interests in waste studies or discard studies. The research can focus on any type of waste (e.g. household waste, food waste, e-waste, textile waste, plastic waste).

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Sarah Peirce
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Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
Research Interests
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  • Physical geography
  • Fluvial geomorphology
  • Field methods
  • Environmental monitoring
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Phone: 416-946-5545
Location: Room 5019, Sidney Smith Hall
100 St. George St.
Toronto, ON M5S 3G3
s.peirce@utoronto.ca

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Scott Prudham
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Professor
Research Interests
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  • Political ecology
  • Political economy and environment
  • Industrial and alternative forestry
  • Privatization and regulation of genetically modified organisms
  • Commodification
  • Environmental politics
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Joint appointment with School for the Environment
Phone:    (416) 978-4975
Location: Room 5007, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)
Email:     scott.prudham@utoronto.ca

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Katharine Rankin
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Professor
Research Interests
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  • Politics of planning and development
  • Feminist and critical theory
  • Culture-economy articulations
  • Diverse economies
  • Comparative market regulation
  • Ethnographic methods
  • South and Southeast Asia
  • Toronto
  • Website for ‘Infrastructures of Democracy’ research project: https://infrastructuresofdemocracy.wordpress.com/
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Phone:    (416) 978-1592
Location: Room 5002, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)
Email:     rankin@geog.utoronto.ca

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Sue Ruddick
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Professor
Research Interests
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  • Critical theory, philosophy (both continental and non-western)
  • UrbanNatures, Socionatures
  • Anti-racism, anti-colonialism
  • Social Marginalization
  • Wildlife, Animals
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Phone:    (416) 978-1589
Location: Room 5059, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)
Email:     sue.ruddick@utoronto.ca

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Matti Siemiatycki
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Professor
Research Interests
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  • Transportation policy and planning
  • Infrastructure finance and delivery
  • Community and regional planning
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Phone:    (416) 946-5145
Location: Room 5041, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)
Email:     siemiatycki@geog.utoronto.ca

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Rachel Silvey
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Professor
Research Interests
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  • Migration
  • Indonesia
  • Feminist theory
  • Critical development studies
  • Politics of transnationalism

Expertise is in the gender dimensions of migration and economic change in Indonesia. Recent research focuses on the ways in which gender politics of migration are inflected by religion.

 

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Location: 1 Devonshire Place, room 225N
Email:     ai.director@utoronto.ca

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Neera Singh
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Associate Professor
Research Interests
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  • Conservation and development
  • Commons and Commoning Practices
  • Community forestry, forest rights and governance
  • Environmental subjectivity; ethics of care and affective ecologies
  • Social movements and environmental justice
  • India
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Phone:    (416) 971-2658
Fax:        (416) 946-3886
Location: Room 5025A, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)
Email:     neera.singh@utoronto.ca

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Call for Students

I 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.

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Jason Spicer
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Assistant Professor
Research Interests
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  • political and social movement responses to economic inequality
  • urban, regional and community economic development
  • cooperatives, alternative enterprises, and the social + solidarity economy
  • institutions, organizations, and strategic action fields
  • the US, Canada, and Global North in comparative perspective
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Email: jason.spicer@utoronto.ca
Phone:    (416) 978-6640
Location: Room 5036, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George Street)

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Call for Students

I welcome PhD in Planning applicants interested in three broad areas: (i) 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. (ii) Political implications of rising inter-urban/regional economic inequality, polarization, and populism in rich democracies. (iii) Links between community development, economic development, and sexual and gender diversity.

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Sarah Wakefield
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Professor
Research Interests
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  • Mobilizing for community food security in Canada
  • Community development and neighbourhood change
  • Environmental justice/just sustainability
  • Critical health geography
  • Community-engaged scholarship

Current Research Projects

Unsettling perspectives and contested spaces: Understanding inclusion and (in)justice in Canadian food activism – the Food, Environment, and Activism Study Team (FEAST – http://feast-uoft.org/)

Responding to “Code Red” with “Neighbourhood Action”: Evaluating Hamilton’s Approach to Reducing Neighbourhood-level Health Inequalities – with Jim Dunn (McMaster University)

 

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Phone:    (416) 978-3653
Location: University College B202 (15 King’s College Circle)
Email:     sarah.wakefield@utoronto.ca

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Michael Widener
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Assistant Professor
Research Interests
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  • Access to healthy food and healthcare facilities
  • Health and transportation geographies
  • GIS, agent-based modelling, and spatial optimization
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Email: michael.widener@utoronto.ca
Twitter: @michaeljwidener
Phone:    (416) 946-0270
Location: Room 5037, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George Street)

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Call for Students

I am currently recruiting students interested in researching the links between the built environment and health, using quantitative or mixed methods. Preference is given to those working on food environments, time use, mental health, or older adults.

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Jun Zhang
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Associate Professor
Research Interests
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  • Urban and regional economic development
  • Geographic theorizing of markets, states, and institutions
  • Geography of innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Industrial globalization, localization, and restructuring
  • Varieties and variegations of capitalism
  • East Asia
  • China
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Phone:  +1 (416) 978-2958

Email: zhang@geog.utoronto.ca

Location: Room 5025B, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)

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Call for Students

I’m looking for graduate students with a serious intellectual interest, specifically in economic geography, geographic political economy, and/or China.