Senior Instructor
National University of Ireland Maynooth, BA
Trinity College Dublin, MPhil
University of Sussex, MSc
University College Dublin, 2012, PhD


My role as an educator in the Educational Leadership Stream at UBC, is one of being a facilitator for students learning. I view my role as an academic and an educator to encourage students and to equip them with the tools they need for their success both academically and more broadly. My interdisciplinary background provides me with the capability to explore and deliver alternative and engaging approaches to knowledge acquisition in my role as a Senior Instructor in Geography.

I work to develop alternative modes of delivery of Geography content, involving developing online tools, activities and experiential learning techniques. My areas of educational research include location-aware technologies, augmented reality, and alternative methods of knowledge mobilization, especially with application to the internationalization of pedagogy. My geography specific research focuses on experiential learning in the discipline, and to labour geography in the context of newly emerging global cities. As a teacher and researcher involved in geographical education I am responsive and resourceful in order to respond creatively to the changing nature of global processes and of international education.


MCPHEE, S. and PRZEDPELSKA, S. 2018 ‘Experiential learning, community engagement, and student experience:  Undergraduate field school course in rural British Columbia’ The Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe canadien 62(3), 372-383



MCPHEE, S. and PICKREN, G. 2017 ‘Blended learning with international students: a multiliteracies approach’ Journal of Geography in Higher Education 1-16



BUCKLEY, M., MCPHEE, S. and ROGALY, B. 2016 ‘Labour geographies on the move: migration, migrant status and work in the 21st century’ Geoforum 78(1), 153-158



MCPHEE, S. 2015 ‘Finding their way: the negotiation of the city by low-skilled service sector migrant workers in Dublin’ Urban Geography DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2015.1101875

MCPHEE, S. 2015 ‘Targeted transnationals: The state, the media, and Arab Canadians’ edited by Jenna Hennebry and Bessma Momani, University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver, 2013, 284 pages, paper $32.95 (ISBN 978-0774824415). The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien 59(2), e42-e42



GREEN, A., MCPHEE, S., RICKER, B. and TEMENOS, C. 2014 British Columbia in a Global Context (BC Campus Online Textbooks,

MCPHEE, S. 2014 ‘Ireland’s immigration policies (1997–present): Links to global trends of labour division and effects on national labour market structure’ Local Economy 29(6–7), 579–597

MCPHEE, S. and O’BRIEN, J. 2014 ‘Motivation and Methods in Learning Arabic in an AFL Environment’ Arab World English Journal (open access journal 5(4), 14-27


Winter 2018

GEOG121 Geography, Environment and Globalization Sections

Human geography of the modern world with particular attention to human-environment relationships, urbanization, and regional growth; trade and communications; environment and war; environmental governance and sustainability.

Winter 2018

GEOG122 Geography, Modernity and Globalization Sections

The human geography of the modern world since 1945: global interdependence in economic geography, geopolitics, and cultural geography; consequences of modernization, including demography, urbanization and environmental effects; regional case studies; reactions to modernization.

Winter 2018

GEOG371 Research Strategies in Human Geography Sections

Formulating a research problem and selecting an appropriate research strategy. Research strategies range from social scientific survey methods to ethnography. Priority enrolment for honours and major students in Geography.

Winter 2018

GEOG352 Urbanization in the Global South Sections

Urbanization in the developing countries of Latin America, Africa, and Asia; the role of cities in the development process and the features and problems of rapid urbanization.

Winter 2018

GEOG498 Geographies of the Middle East Sections

Critical analysis of economic, social, and political development and processes defining the modern Middle East region.