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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.
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).
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.
Michelle Daigle is Mushkegowuk (Swampy Cree) and a member of Constance Lake First Nation, located in the Treaty 9 territory. She is interested in bringing Geography into critical dialogue with Indigenous Studies to examine colonial-capitalist dispossession (particularly through exploitative extractive development), and Indigenous movements for decolonization and self-determination.
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.
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.
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.
My research lies in environmental history and water history and focuses on the history and politics of large rivers, particularly in Canada. Recent work focuses on the environmental history of hydro-electricity during the Second World War and the politics of pure water in Vancouver.
My research focuses on geopolitical economies of industrial transformation, particularly in East Asia, and with a comparative/connective focus on the United States. My recent work has addressed the ways in which Cold War military spending differentially affected forms of industrial transformation and economic growth in South Korea and Thailand.
My research focuses on the emergence of later modern war. It involves two major projects. The first is a genealogy and geography of aerial violence over the last hundred years or so and its transformation of the battle space and the identities of those who inhabit it. The second is a genealogy and geography of medical care and casualty evacuation from war zones: the Western Front in the First World War, the deserts of North Africa in the Second, Vietnam, and Afghanistan; it also examines contemporary attacks on hospitals, medical personnel and patients in Afghanistan and Syria.
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.
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.
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.
My research explores vegetation dynamics with a focus on the impacts of human activities, particularly ecosystem fragmentation, altered disturbance regimes, biological invasions and climate change. I am interested in finding solutions to manage these impacts. I study plant populations in ecosystems of eastern North America and the Karakoram Himalaya.
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.
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.
My research examines transnational circuits of finance and expertise that are reshaping both the physical and governmental makeup of cities in the global South with a specific focus on Southeast Asia. My current project investigates urban transformation in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as it is being remade by East and Southeast Asian financiers and builders, global policy organizations and the late-Socialist, one-party state.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My research focuses on transnational migration, labour precarity and performance. I am preoccupied with how to put stories of transnational migration and family separation into circulation, with the politics of testimony and witnessing, and the obligations of witnessing and dialogue within, beyond and across national and community borders. I am developing new research on the outsourcing of eldercare.
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.
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.
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.