Joanna Kocsis, Planning PhD Candidate, Course Instructor

Joanna Kocsis

Home Campus:
U of T St. George

Honours & Awards:
Ontario Graduate Scholarship 2020
Best Short Film, Miami International Cuban Film Festival ‘Joven Habana’ 2019
Student Fellow, School of Cities, University of Toronto 2019
IDRC Doctoral Research Award 2016
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship 2015
Professional Development Award - International Development Research Centre 2014
Second Place, Best Paper Competition AIE, University of Oxford 2013
Research Award - International Development Research Centre 2012
Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship 2010
Schneller and Summers Award, Ontario Agricultural College, Guelph University 2010
Students for Development Internship Award, Canadian International Development Agency 2010 Rural Planning and Development Field Award 2009
Dean’s Scholarship, Ontario Agricultural College, Guelph University 2009
College Scholar Award, Trinity College, University of Toronto 2008
Chancellor’s Scholarship, Trinity College, University of Toronto 2007

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Research Interests:

  • Knowledge co-production
  • Decoloniality
  • Anti-oppressive practice
  • Arts based research
  • Stigmatized communities
  • Youth
  • Leisure

Joanna Kocsis is an anti-oppressive, participatory research methods specialist and PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. Her research has inquired into the international development project from many angles, ranging from the learning practices of international development grantmakers to the role of psychological empowerment in the innovative behaviour of subsistence farmers in Central America. Most recently, she has been exploring the role of affect in the lived experiences of marginalized urban youth in Havana, Cuba. Generally, her work focuses on making visible and undoing systems that colonize and restrict the production of knowledge by communities that face oppression through transformative, participatory research, by offering opportunities for reflection, capacity development and social learning. Joanna worked held Research Award positions at the International Development Research Centre in 2012 (Innovation for Inclusive Development) and 2014 (Policy, Strategy and Evaluation) and has served as the Learning and Evaluation Specialist for the Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership since 2014. She has co-chaired of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion working group of the Canadian Evaluation Society since 2018.