I graduated from Reading University, UK, with an undergraduate degree and
PhD in Geography. Since completing my PhD in 1983 I have taught at
universities in England, the United States, Guyana and Canada and conducted
research in the fields of geography, urban studies, development studies and
I am a Professor, appointed in the Department of Social Science since 1989,
where I teach in the Urban Studies Program. In the academic year 2013-14 I
will be the Acting Director of the City Institute. I am also a member of
the Graduate Programmes in Geography, Development Studies and Gender,
Feminist and Women’s Studies. I regularly supervise both MA and Ph.D.
students in all three programmes.
My research interests focus on issues of feminist geographies of gender,
race and sexuality, particularly as they pertain to the urban global south,
and specifically Guyana. In addition to my work in Guyana I also have long
standing interests in urban-based research on women in cities; on whiteness
and on developing anti-racist practices in Geography; and feminist
methodologies, particularly in terms of the work these do in transnational
I have been conducting research in Guyana for nearly three decades, working
with the Guyanese women’s organisation Red Thread on topics ranging through
the impact of structural adjustment on women and households, domestic
violence, women’s reproductive health, sex work, trafficking and most
recently young adults and sexualities. These research projects have
resulted in a team of researchers within Red Thread who have used their
skills to conduct their own research as well as to gain employment in
research conducted by various agencies and individuals in the country.
I am an active supervisor and mentor and many postgraduates have
accompanied me on research trips to Guyana (Amrita Persaud, Charulata
Prasada, Nancy Kingsbury, Jennifer Johnson, Roxanne Richardson, Katherine
Topelko, Kate Nowak, Shannon Gurevitch, Leeann Townsend, Andy Inkster,
Katie MacDonald, Michelle Bobala) and England (Liz Millward) and to
conferences in Canada, the USA and Australia (Allyson Mitchell, Katherine
McKittrick, Sue Frohlick, Mary Ebos, Abhar Hussain, Colette Murray, Laura
Shillington, Leeann Townsend).
I have sat on a number of editorial boards of academic journals including
having been the Managing Editor of Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of
Feminist Geography (2002-2008), a founding editor of Social and Cultural
Geography (1998-2002) and book review editor of Antipode (1992-1995). I
currently serve on the editorial boards of the journals Gender, Place and
Culture, The Canadian Geographer and the Journal of Latin American
Geography and Gender. Most recently I have joined the International
Advisory Board of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.
Recent publications include:
- Peake, L. 2015. “The Suzanne Mackenzie Memorial Lecture: Rethinking the
politics of feminist knowledge production in geography” The Canadian
Geographer DOI: 10.1111/cag.12174
- Peake, L., Sheppard, E. 2014 “Radical / Critical Geography in the USA
and Anglo-Canada” ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical
Geographies 13 (2): 305-327.
- Peake, L., Rieker, M. (eds) 2013 Rethinking Feminist Interventions into
the Urban London: Routledge.
- Peake, L. 2013 “Heteronormativity” in Sharpe, J., Kuus, M., and Dodds,
K. (eds) Companion to Critical Geopolitics. (Ashgate Publishing), pp.
- Ley, D., Braun, B., Domosh, M., LeHeron, R., Peake, L., Willekins, F.,
Yeoh, B. 2012. International Benchmarking Review for United Kingdom
Human Geography (London: ESRC), pp. 56.
- Bunnell, T., Yeah, S., Peake, L., Skelton, T., Smith, M. 2012 “Geographies of friendship” Progress in Human Geography 36 (4): 490– 507.
- Peake, L. 1993 "Race and Sexuality: challenging the patriarchal
structuring of urban social space" Environment and Planning D: Society
and Space, 11 (6): 415-432.
Reprinted 2012 in Open Site for Society and Space: Environment and
Planning D virtual issue on 12 feminist geography articles – (Boys Town
- Kofman, E. and L. Peake 1990 "Introduction: A Gendered Agenda for
Political Geography in the 1990s" Political Geography Quarterly, 9 (4):
311-312 and 313-336.
Reprinted 2012 as one of 16 articles in the Virtual Special Issue: 30th
Anniversary of Political Geography.
Peake, L. “The twenty-first century quest for feminism and the global
urban” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 13pp. Part of
theme issue edited by Ananya Roy and Jennifer Robinson, on “Global
Urbanisms and the Nature of Urban Theory”.
Professor Linda Peake
The City Institute, York University
Urban Studies Program, Department of Social Science,
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies,
Kaneff Tower 731,? York University, 4700 Keele Street,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3
Tel: 1 (416) 736 2100 x 33750
Fax: 1 (416) 736 5615
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