Research and teaching work within a range of themes in social and cultural theory. The context of globalisation is pervasive, accentuating different subjectivities and life chances based on immigrant and refugee status, class, gender, race, religion and lifestyle as these play out in (especially) urban spaces and places. The shifting emphases of the state are central, with policies for spectacular and consumer landscapes, and neo-liberal self governance competing with the older service delivery functions of the welfare state and its objective to limit inequalities. Housing and labour markets reflect these growing inequalities; segregation, social marginalisation, housing affordability and gentrification are all conditions and processes that merit attention. The place of the arts, artists and popular cultures has been examined in the context of theories of performativity and cultural distinction.
A variety of methodological perspectives are employed, including qualitative and interpretive approaches and the use of quantitative data bases. Among these are projects on immigrants and the housing market; return migration, transnationalism and family life; immigrant enclaves and poverty concentrations; immigrant places of worship as sources of social capital; citizenship and ideas of belonging; and unaccompanied youth asylum seekers. Another stream of research topics has considered informal housing strategies, housing careers, homeownership, affordability issues, and gentrification. A third stream of work has examined art as practice, performance and pedagogic project. The objective in this research is to move between specific empirical projects and the theoretical currents of a broader human geography.
Field research for these projects has taken place in Vancouver, other Canadian cities, Hong Kong, China, the Philippines, Britain, France, Mexico, Senegal and Spain.