Cynthia Morinville, Human Geography PhD Student


Home Campus:
U of T St. George

Other Degrees:
M.A., Resource Management and Environmental Studies, UBC (2012)
Cert., Communications and Media Studies, Université du Québec à Montréal (2010)
B.A. (Hons.), Environmental Studies and International Studies, York University (2009)

Honours & Awards:
IDRC Doctoral Research Award (2020)
Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar (2016-2020)
SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship (2015-2017)

Rajyashree N Reddy

Contact Information:


Research Interests:

  • Political economy
  • Political ecology
  • Resource access and inequalities
  • Feminist epistemologies
  • Critical development studies

Selected Publications:

Morinville, C. (in progress). The Toil of Waste: Capitalist Value and Biopolitics in the Informal E-Waste Economy. *This paper was a finalist for the 2020 Rappaport Prize administered by The Anthropology and Environment Society of the American Anthropological Association.

Morinville, C. (in progress). Women, Labour and the Circulation of Value in Bholakpur’s Scrap Market. *An early version of this paper was awarded the Glenda Laws Student Paper Award by the Feminist Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers in March 2020.

Morinville, C. and N. van Lier. (accepted). On Nature, Degradation and Life-Making in Late Capitalism. Capitalism, Nature, Socialism.

Peloso, M., C. Morinville and L.M. Harris. 2018. Water Scarcity Beyond Crisis: Spotlight on Accra. In Spotlight on Parched Cities, Parched Citizens. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

Morinville, C. 2017. Sachet water: regulation and implications for access and equity in Accra, Ghana. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, 4(6) doi:10.1002/wat2.1244. (Special issue Packaged Water).

Harris, L.M., D. Kleiber, J. Goldin, A. Darkwah, C. Morinville. 2017. Intersections of gender and water: Comparative approaches to everyday gendered negotiations of water access in underserved areas of Accra, Ghana and Cape Town, South. Journal of Gender Studies, 26(5): 561-582.

Harris, L.M, L. Rodina and C. Morinville. 2015. ‘Revisiting the Human Right to Water from an environmental justice lens’. Politics, Groups and Identities, 3(4): 660-665. (Special feature Environmental Justice).

Morinville, C. and L.M. Harris. 2014. ‘Participation, Politics and Panacea: Exploring Participatory Water Governance in Accra, Ghana’. Ecology & Society 19(3): 36. (Special issue Urban Water Governance).

Peloso, M. and C. Morinville. 2014. ‘Chasing for Water’: Everyday practices of water access in peri-urban Ashaiman, Ghana. Water Alternatives 7(1): 121-139. (Special issue Informal Space in the Urban Waterscape).

Bakker, K. and C. Morinville. 2013. The Governance Dimensions of Water Security: A Review. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 371: 20130116. (Themed issue Water security, risk and society).

Morinville, C. and L. Rodina. 2013. Rethinking the Human Right to Water: Water Access and Dispossession in Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Geoforum 49:150-159.

Morinville, C. and L.M. Harris. 2013. Participation’s limits: Tracing the Contours of Participatory Water Governance in Accra, Ghana. In Contemporary Water Governance in the Global South: Scarcity, Marketization and Participation, L.M. Harris, J.A. Goldin, and C. Sneddon (eds.). Routledge: London, UK, and New York, USA, pp. 216-231.

Harris, L.M. and C. Morinville. 2013. Improving Participatory Water Governance in Accra, Ghana. Policy Brief no. 7. Center for International Governance Innovation.

Anderson, E., K. Findlater, O. Freeman, J. Levine, C. Morinville, M. Peloso, L. Rodina, G. Singh, D. Tesfamichael, L.M. Harris, & H. Zerrifi. 2012. Bridging Disciplinary and Professional Divides to Improve International Development Research at Universities. In Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons, W.Leal (ed.). Peter Lang Publishers: Frankfurt, Germany, pp. 753-769.


Research Clusters:
Political Ecology, Political Spaces