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Professor
Canada Research Chair in Political Ecology

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

Professor

I’m mainly interested in the history of twentieth-century geography. I am especially concerned with the work of geographers during periods of war (both hot and cold). Recently, I’ve also examined war protestors, in particular, the American geographer, Bill Bunge. There are two other projects I am finishing. The first is the completion of an economic geography text (“A Critical Introduction”), co-written with Brett Christophers (Uppsala University); and the second is a comparative study of Vancouver and Seattle (with Tom Hutton, School of Community and Regional Planning, UBC).

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.

Assistant Professor

My central academic goal is to wrestle with the theoretical and historical-geographical complexities of environmental politics as it shapes and is shaped by the entanglement of state, economy, science, and culture. My research draws from and contributes to diverse methodological approaches and literatures including political ecology, economic geography, feminist science studies, and increasingly, green finance.

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 China. I hold a SSHRC grant to examine aspects of the recovery of coastal Tohoku, northern Japan after the 2011 East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami; and I also conduct research on urban and regional change in Japan.

Professor
Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies

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
Associate Head (Graduate Programs)

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

I have been working to understand the consequences of environmental change, driven by the changing climate, on Arctic tundra ecosystems through long-term observations and field experiments. Studies of plant growth, phenology and reproduction, biodiversity responses, biotic interactions, evolutionary and migration potential of plant species, carbon and nutrient fluxes, and effects of permafrost disturbance form the basis of investigations by my group. We also work in Arctic communities to help northern students understand and interpret observations of environmental change by elders through shared field and class experiences and participation in science-based projects on berry producing shrub species.

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 scholarship of teaching and learning.

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.

Assistant Professor

I am a legal geographer and critical Indigenous scholar interested in questions of law, justice, violence and resistance in neocolonial relations. My current projects build on 15 years of collaboration as a community-based researcher and educator.

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

My work focuses on political geography, especially on geopolitics and security, state power, and policy processes on multiple scales. Blending insights from international relations and anthropology in addition to political and economic geography, I study the production of expert knowledge in national and transnational regulatory institutions.

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
Associate Head (Undergraduate Programs)

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

My research focuses on the influence of climate variability and change, in conjunction with forest and glacier dynamics, on hydrological processes and the patterns of streamflow and water quality. I work closely with practitioners, government agencies and utilities to integrate the best available science into environmental monitoring, management and policy.

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

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.

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.

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