Human Geography

Jordan Aharoni
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MA Student
Research Interests
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  • GIS
  • Transportation Geography
  • Post-Secondary Student Travel
  • Non-Commuting Travel
  • 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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  • International political ecology & economy of food and the agriculture
  • Migration, labour and agriculture
  • Critical human geography
  • Economic geography
  • Food systems planning (urban and regional)
  • Alternative food movements
  • Campus food initiatives
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Sabrien Amrov
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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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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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Nathaniel Baker
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MA Student
Research Interests
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  • Queer geographies
  • Nightlife geographies
  • Social reproduction
  • Biopolitics of exclusion
  • Israel/Palestine
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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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Olivia Bernard
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MA Student
Research Interests
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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
Research Interests
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  • Transboundary Protected Areas
  • Endangered Species
  • North America
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Catherine Brokenshire
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MA Student
Research Interests
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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 Candidate
Research Interests
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  • Regional Economic Development
  • Migration
  • Inequality
  • Institutions
  • Globalization

 

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Benjamin Patrick Butler
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Human Geography PhD Candidate
Research Interests
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  • Emergency management & urban resilience
  • Political geography
  • Critical disability studies
  • Critical security studies
  • Canadian Political Geography
  • Embodiment & Feminist theory
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Evan Castel
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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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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 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 Candidate
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
Research Interests
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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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Email: michael.chrobok@mail.utoronto.ca

Twitter: @mwchrobok

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Dena Coffman
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MA Student
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MA thesis focuses on flood-prone urban settlements, flood adaptation and livelihoods in the context of a state-sponsored resettlement project in the Peruvian Amazon.

  • Urban informality in Latin America
  • Urban livelihoods
  • Environmental change, risks & adaptations
  • Resettlement/relocation policies
  • Peruvian Amazon
  • GIS, remote sensing & critical GIS
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Quinn Conlon
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MA Student
Research Interests
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  • Urban decline and territorial stigmatization
  • Housing
  • Political economy
  • Ongoing colonialism and resistance in Settler Cities
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Angela Day
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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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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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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Transportation geography
  • Health Geography
  • Social isolation
  • GIS/Spatial Statistics
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Jaafar Dirie
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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Migration
  • Security
  • Development

 

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Hannah Dos Santos
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MA Student
Research Interests
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  • Urban Housing
  • Sustainable Development
  • Latin America
  • Urban Theory
  • Displacement
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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
Research Interests
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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
Research Interests
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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
Research Interests
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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
Research Interests
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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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Natasha Goel
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MA Student
Research Interests
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  • Urban political economy
  • Commodification and housing affordability
  • Neighborhood inequality and racism
  • Policy applications of behavioral sciences/economics
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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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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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Jo-Tzu Huang
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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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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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Ece Ikiz
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MA Student
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My research interests are under the umbrella of Waste Management, including:

  • Extended Producer Responsibility
  • Industry influence on waste management policies
  • Circular Economy and Zero Waste movement
  • Deconstructing product labels (Bioplastics, ‘sustainable’, ‘eco-friendly’)
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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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Andrew Kaufman
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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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  • Sovereign Bonds Markets
  • Making Financial Markets
  • Emerging and Frontier Markets
  • Distressed Debt Securities
  • Housing Markets
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Helen Ketema
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MA Student
Research Interests
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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
Research Interests
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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
Research Interests
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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 Candidate
Research Interests
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  • Military Landscapes; Deindustrialization; Wastelands; Political-Economy; Historical Geographies; Former Soviet Union, Kazakhstan

Currently I research the deindustrialization of Soviet defense sector landscapes in Kazakhstan and the social and environmental consequences of redevelopment in these areas since the end of the Cold War. My scholarship engages economic and political geographies and science and technology studies to explore problems of ruination and dereliction, toxicity and public health, and reemergent forms of authoritarian governance underwritten by market capitalism. My doctoral project investigates the afterlives of Cold War science and technology in Kazakhstan by looking at the fates of “secret cities” and their adjacent industrial landscapes, test sites, mines, and weapons ranges. For 20 months, I was based in Baikonur, Priozersk, and Stepnogorsk, single industry cities (monotowns), built to support the space, ballistic missile defense, and nuclear/bioweapons industries, respectively. These cities were emblematic of the clandestine planning and research that underwrote many of the Soviet Union’s achievements and produced geographies that were largely unknown to the outside world. In my work, I explore the ways in which the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 lead to the rapid disaggregation of military industrial properties and entire municipalities that have been abandoned, partially abandoned, or repurposed for commercial-industrial use.

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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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Amrita Kumar-Ratta
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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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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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Elsie Lewison
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Human Geography PhD Student
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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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Office: Spatial Analysis of Urban Systems Lab, Sidney Smith Hall, Room 608

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Nick Lombardo
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Human Geography PhD Student
Research Interests
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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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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
Research Interests
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  • environmental and ecological gentrification
  • more-than-human urban studies
  • queer ecologies
  • affect
  • everyday life
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Zannah Mae Matson
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Human Geography PhD Candidate
Research Interests
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  • Infrastructure Ethnography
  • Landscape Theory
  • Conflict Urbanism
  • Post-Conflict Reconstruction
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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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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
Research Interests
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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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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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Sinead Petrasek
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • urban geography; urban history
  • critical theory
  • feminist geography; care; social reproduction
  • social housing; co-operative housing
  • pre and post-amalgamation urban development and urban social movements in Toronto
  • art and politics; architectural history and theory
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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
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
Research Interests
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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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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 in the knowledge economy
  • Global production networks, governance, and dependency theory
  • New economic geography and evolutionary economic geography
  • Industrial organization, Fordism, and Post-Fordism
  • 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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Isabel Urrutia
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Human Geography PhD Student
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  • 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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Yi Wang
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Human Geography PhD Candidate
Research Interests
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  • Political economy of food and agriculture
  • Labor geographies
  • Hegemony and class formation
  • Articulations of race, class, gender

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 working class formation and of struggle over the production of nature.

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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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  • War, security, militarism
  • Critical geopolitics
  • Israel/Palestine
  • US empire
  • Cultural studies
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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