Sinead Petrasek, Human Geography PhD Student


Home Campus:
U of T St. George

Other Degrees:
M.A. Theories of Urban Practice, The New School
B.A. Art History, McGill University

Honours & Awards:
SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, 2020-2023
Departmental Award – Joseph A. May Scholarship, 2019
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2019-2020

Kanishka Goonewardena

Contact Information:



Research Interests:

  • Critical theory
  • Urban geography
  • Visual and material culture
  • Co-operative housing

My research lies at the intersection of urban geography, planning history, feminist theory and visual culture. I am committed to engaging in radical urban practice, which, to me, means pursuing theoretically-informed interventions in urban space. My current SSHRC-funded research project investigates alternative conceptions of home and family in Toronto’s co-operative housing communities in the postwar period.

Teaching This Academic Year:

TA for Hans Ibelings, JAV151 History of Architecture, Landscape, Urbanism, and Art I, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, Fall 2020.

TA (Service Learning) for Aditi Mehta, INI236 A Multidisciplinary Introduction to Urban Studies II, Innis College, University of Toronto, Winter 2020.

TA for Deborah Cowen, GGR124 Cities and Urban Life, Dept. of Geography & Planning, University of Toronto, Winter 2019; Winter 2020.

Course Instructor, Urban Systems and Strategies, Parsons School of Design, The New School, Winter 2017.

TA for Joseph Heathcott, Urban History Lab, The New School, Fall 2015.

Selected Publications:

(Forthcoming 2020). Goonewardena, K. and Petrasek, S. “Contradictions of Capitalist Cities.” Hossein Sadri, Senem Zeybekoglu, Eds. Cities Without Capitalism. London: Routledge.

(2019). Goonewardena, K. and Petrasek, S. “Henri Lefebvre and the Right to the City: History, Theory, Politics.” Sociologia Urbana e Rurale, no. 118: 12-29.