Head of the Department
Canada Research Chair in Transnationalism and Precarious Labour
University of Toronto, BSc, Honours
University of British Columbia, 1984, MA, PhD


My research focuses on transnational migration, labour precarity and performance. I am currently completing a book on the travels of Caleb Johnston’s and my testimonial play, performed in Vancouver (2009), Berlin HAU1 (2009), Manila (PETA, 2013; in collaboration with Migrante International, 2014), and Whitehorse (2015). 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.


PRATT, G., ZELL, S., JOHNSTON, C. and VENZON, H. 2020 ‘Performing Nanay in Winnipeg: Filipino Labour Migration to Canada (Creative Intervention)’ Studies in Social Justice 14(1), 55-66

SCHWITER, K., BRÜTSCH, J. and PRATT, G. 2020 ‘Sending Granny to Chiang Mai: debating global outsourcing of care for the elderly’ Global Networks 20(1), 106-125



JOHNSTON, C. and G. PRATT 2019 Migration in Performance: Crossing the Colonial Present London and New York: Routledge

JOHNSON, K., PRATT, G. and JOHNSTON, C. 2019 ‘Filipinos settle in the Canadian North: unsettling a gendered frontier’ Gender, Place and Culture 26(5), 680-699



PRATT, G. with MIGRANTE BC 2018 ‘Organizing Filipina Domestic Workers in Vancouver, Canada: Gendered Geographies and Community Mobilization’ Political Power and Social Theory 35, 99-119

PRATT, G. 2018 ‘One hand clapping: Notes towards a methodology for debating planetary urbanization’ Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 36(3), 563-569   



JOHNSTON, C. and PRATT, G. 2017 ‘Tlingipino Bingo, settler colonialism and other futures’ Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 35(6), 971-993                   

ANGELES, L. C. and PRATT, G. 2017 ‘Empathy and Entangled Engagements: Critical-Creative Methodologies in Transnational Spaces’ GeoHumanities 3(2), 269-278      

PRATT, G. and JOHNSTON, C. 2017 ‘Crossing Oceans: Testimonial Theatre, Filipina Migrant Labor, Empathy, and Engagement’ GeoHumanities 3(2), 279-291                  

PRATT, G., JOHNSTON, C. and BANTA, V. 2017 ‘Filipino migrant stories and trauma in the transnational field’ Emotion, Space and Society 24(2017), 83-92                      

PRATT, G., JOHNSTON, C. and BANTA, V. 2017 ‘A Traveling Script: Labor Migration, Precarity, and Performance’ TDR/The Drama Review 61(2), 48-70                            

PRATT, G., JOHNSTON, C. and BANTA, V. 2017 ‘Lifetimes of Disposability and Surplus Entrepreneurs in Bagong Barrio, Manila’ Antipode 49(1), 169-192                           



PRATT, G. and JOHNSTON, C., 2015 ‘Filipina Domestic Workers, Violent Insecurity, Testimonial Theatre and Transnational Ambivalence’ Area, 15-17

PRATT, G. 2015 ‘Between colonialism and settler colonialism: Filipino youths in Canada’ Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 36(3), 305-307



PRATT, G. and JOHNSTON, C. 2014 ‘Filipina domestic workers, violent insecurity, testimonial theatre and transnational ambivalence’ Area 46(4), 358-360                        

PRATT, G. and SAN JUAN, R. M. 2014 Film and Urban Space: Critical Possibilities (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press)


Winter 2020

GEOG520 Themes and Interpretive Issues in Modern Human Geography Sections

Themes and interpretive issues in modern human geography. Students from outside Geography require the permission of the Head of the department.