People

Professor
Canada Research Chair in Political Ecology

I work at the intersection of economic and environmental geography. My primary research interests span political economy, political ecology, environmental studies, development studies, and resource and environmental management. I conduct research in both the ‘developing’ and ‘developed’ world, and consequently have an interest in debates over postcolonialism and development.

Professor

I have three main research projects. The first is investigating Vancouver’s new economy and its effects on the city. I am undertaking this project in collaboration with Tom Hutton, School of Planning UBC. The second is a history of American geography from the Second World War through the Cold War. The project stems from an earlier one concerned with geography’s quantitative revolution. The last is a continuing interest in forest economies, primarily BC’s, but also those in the Antipodes.

Instructor

My interests lie in the theory and practice of sustainable development, with the majority of my work to date focusing on development-related challenges facing Sub-Saharan Africa. All of my courses examine human environment interactions, and seek to engage with questions of sustainability from an interdisciplinary perspective and at multiple temporal and spatial scales.

Associate Professor

My research focuses on land-atmosphere interactions, carbon cycling, and atmospheric turbulence. I use experimental methods to investigate and measure physical and chemical processes relevant in land-atmosphere exchange in forest and urban ecosystems.

Associate Professor

My current areas of research include the climate change and coral reefs in the central equatorial Pacific; the obstacles to public education about climate change; the effect of climate and agriculture on nutrient loading to large river systems; and trade-offs between food, feed and fuel production.

Associate Professor

I am a fluvial geomorphologist interested in how rivers respond to landuse and environmental changes. My research group is conducting laboratory experiments and field studies as part of a larger effort to improve our understanding of stream channel (in)stability, fish habitat and bed material transport.

Professor

My current research focuses on aspects of economic geography in the Pacific Rim, including Japanese trade and investment patterns in East Asia, urban and regional change in Japan, Japanese tourism in Canada, and multicultural planning in cities of Pacific Rim countries.

Associate Professor

My research lies in environmental history and water history, with a regional specialization in Canada, particularly Alberta and British Columbia. I serve as a co-leader of the Canadian Water History Project (with Stphane Castonguay, UQTR), and an executive leader of the Network in Canadian History and Environment.

Professor

I am currently carrying out research, funded by a grant from the Hampton Fund, on the formation of regional business networks in East and Southeast Asia during the Cold War period, focusing especially on firms from the Philippines, South Korea, and Thailand.

Peter Wall Distinguished Professor

Most generally, I am interested in the spatial modalities of late modern war, where military violence, occupation and peace bleed into one another. I am also interested in cultural and political geographies of bombing, from Europe bombing its colonial populations in the early twentieth century through Spain, the Second World War, the wars in Korea, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, to the Gulf War, Afghanistan / Pakistan and Iraq.

Professor
Department Head

My research covers a wide range of topics in geomorphology and hydrology such as landscape evolution, the interaction between hill-slopes and channels, channel stability and morphology, river sediment transport and sediment yield, stream ecology, in-channel wood dynamics, and modeling fine sediments and their interactions with stream physical and biological characteristics.

Professor
Senior Instructor

My main area of interest is Geographic Data Visualization, and I teach courses in Cartography, Geographic Information Science and Remote Sensing. I work on collaborative research projects that use GIS to visualize environmental history and I undertake research on the evolution of the teaching of cartography in academia, and the learning of spatial concepts by children.

Professor

I have two main research interests: international migration; and the relationship between national security, cultural diversity, and human rights. I have been working on the first of these issues a long time and try to understand Canadian immigration policy within the wider global context, and the impact of immigration on Canadian cities—particularly Vancouver. I have taken up the second these more recently and hope to gain a better understanding of the impact of national security policies on minority populations.

Professor

My work focuses on advanced spatial analysis in the physical, health and social sciences, and in the intersection of these areas (e.g., medical biogeography and Geographic Information Science).

Assistant Professor

I work at the intersection of climate science, glaciology, geomorphology and oceanography. My research focuses on ice-climate and ice-ocean interactions, the formation of glaciated landscapes and landscape response to climate change, from the temperate regions of BC and Patagonia to the polar regions of Greenland and Antarctica. My team and I integrate field observations, spatial analysis, numerical modeling and theory to quantify the impacts of climate change on glaciers and landscapes.

Professor

I am a political geographer whose work focuses on geopolitics and policy processes. In broad terms, I investigate how political practices are underpinned by spatially defined categories like center and margin, inside and outside, Self and Other. Within that problematic, I examine how spatial categories function in the daily work of policy-making bureaucracies.

Professor

My research interests bring together political geography, political ecology, and war studies. I have focused most of my work on the links between natural resources and armed conflicts, but also examined the political economy of war and reconstruction, the resource curse, corruption, as well as natural disasters and political crises.

Professor

I have two current projects in urban social geography. The first is a comparative study of housing market bubbles, their causes, social consequences, and policy responses in five global cities. A second project involves participation in the national Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership that is examining growing income inequality and polarization in large Canadian cities.

Professor

My general interest in air pollution meteorology is increasingly focussed on broad issues of climatic and environmental change associated with the long range transport of pollutants, mineral dust and forest fire plumes. Transport of such pollutants have the potential to significantly influence local air quality.

Instructor

My research interest in economic, specifically labor, geography lies in the context of global cities or more specifically newly emerging global cities. I am expanding my empirical work to include the urban context of Dubai and also Vancouver.

Professor

I am trying to gain a better understanding of the ways in which climate variability and change on various time scales, in conjunction with forest and glacier dynamics, influence hydrological processes and the patterns of streamflow and water quality.

Professor
Canada Research Chair in Urban and Regional Political Economy

I work, in the style of institutional political economy, on a range of issues relating to economic geography, urban restructuring, and state transformation. Much of my research is concerned with the ways in which ostensibly global processesfor example, forms of market-oriented governance (a.k.a. neoliberalization)are (re)remade through local sites and grounded practices.

Professor
Associate Dean – Faculty, Faculty of Arts

I continue to develop the implications and output of a twenty-year collaboration with the Philippine Women Centre of BC by working with Migrante International in Manila on a devised theatre process at the community level. As Associate Dean of Faculty and Equity, I have been researching and documenting possibilities for enhanced diversity and equity within the contemporary university.

Professor

My research is centred around sustainable energy systems; sustainable building systems; urban sustainability; philosophy and sustainability; the interaction among climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainability; gaming and simulation; futures studies; behavioural sustainability; the intersection of lay and expert knowledge; participatory integrated assessment; business and sustainability issues; and generally the points of interaction among sustainability, climate change, socio-technical change, behaviour change, modeling and simulation, and community engagement processes

Associate Professor

I am a feminist political ecology with interests in race, nature, militarization, and resource extraction in Latin America. My current research projects are centered on the United States-Mexico border.

Assistant Professor

I am a plant ecologist with broad interests in the ecological and evolutionary processes that shape population dynamics and species interactions, particularly in a spatial context.

Associate Professor

I study the interplay between market processes and public policy in the production of urban social inequality. Current research projects focus on the racialized dynamics of capital investment and disinvestment in U.S. cities, evolving trajectories of gentrification, histories of epistemology in urban geography, and the urban implications of mass social networking practices.

Professor

I am a student of environmental history and historical geography, with research interests in Canada and (to a lesser extent) New Zealand. Forestry, agriculture and sustainability have been my main interests but I have also written on cities, migration, parks and geographical practice