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Among the finest anywhere, our Faculty introduces students to a broad perspective of the world that results in original thought and theory. Our flexible cross-discipline programming, innovative course design, and diverse experiential learning provides students with an amazing variety of academic opportunities where learning and debate are not only valued; they are encouraged.

Physical Geography Faculty Members

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Richard Bello
Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar
Research Interests:

Chair and President of Northern Studies, Geography, York University.
Climate of northern environments; response of the hydrological cycle and carbon budget to global warming.

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Martin Bunch
Professor
Research Interests:

Ecosystem approaches, environment and health, ecohealth adaptive management, watershed management, complex systems, system thinking, systems approaches to problem solving, geographic information systems, web-distributed GIS, international development, ecological footprint sustainability.

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Qiuming Cheng
Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar
Research Interests:

GIS system development; Spatial statistics and fractal modeling; Spatial decision support system; Non-linear image processing and pattern recognition; Mineral resources assessment; Water system modeling; Mathematical geology.

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Baoxin Hu
Associate Professor, Dept of Earth & Space Science & Engineering
Research Interests:

Remote sensing of vegetation; photogrammetry; canopy modeling.

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Jennifer Korosi
Associate Professor
Not Accepting New Supervisions for Fall 2022
CJ Lortie
Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Research Interests:

Community, biogeography, invasion biology, climate change, stress, interactions.

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Justin Podur
Associate Professor
Research Interests:

Mathematical modeling, Landscape ecology, Urban wildlife ecology,
Political conflicts.

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Tarmo Remmel
Associate Professor
Accepting New Supervisions for Fall 2022
Research Interests:

Assessing forest disturbance and recovery with spatial and temporal structural morphology. Remote sensing, spatial pattern, and uncertainty assessment. Seeking MSc and PhD students for funded graduate work; particularly interested in those with strong geospatial programming skills.

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Roberto Quinlan
Associate Professor, Department of Biology
(on leave)
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Joshua Thienpont
Sessional Assistant Professor
Not Accepting New Supervisions for Fall 2022
Research Interests:

Quaternary environments; Landscape disturbance; Permafrost thaw; Aquatic ecosystems; Arctic coasts.

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Kathy Young
Professor
Research Interests:

Arctic wetland hydrology; slope hydroclimatology; regional snowmelt modeling.

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Lewis Molot
Professor Emeritus
Research Interests:

Limnology; biogeochemistry; organic carbon fluxes.

Critical Human Geography Faculty Members

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Alison Bain
Associate Professor
Research Interests:

Urban social, urban cultural, and feminist geography; creative city theory and cultural planning; geographies of artistic labour, creative practice, and cultural production; redevelopment and social inclusion in neighbourhoods, cities, and suburbs; public space contestations and interventions; gender and sexual identity politics.

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Ranu Basu
Associate Professor
Research Interests:

Urban social and political geography/planning; theories of collective action and community organization; inequality and social justice; geographies of public education; geographic information systems (GIS) in the social sciences.

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Kean Birch
Associate Professor
Research Interests:

Digital & data economies; financing technoscience; assetization (turning things into assets); emerging forms of rentiership.

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Raju Das
Professor
Research Interests:

Marxist political economy; state theory, space, and state-society relations; international development; labour conditions; social capital; social movements; (agro-)globalization; South Asia.

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Nga Dao
Assistant Professor, Department of Social Science
Research Interests:

Environment, gender and development, agrarian change, Vietnam and Southeast Asian Development.

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Liette Gilbert
Professor
Research Interests:

Migration, neoliberalization of immigration policy, urban citizenship, multicultural cities and identities, border politics, media representations of immigration, urban and environmental politics, urban planning and design, political ecology of landscapes, environmental justice, post-disaster urban redevelopment

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Bryn Greer-Wootten
Professor Emeritus, Geography and Environmental Studies; York University Senior Scholar Associate; Director, Institute for Social Research
Research Interests:

Ontological and epistemological bases of geographic research; relationships between social research and public policy processes, especially resource management (energy, global climate change); the transitional geographies of East Central Europe, especially the analysis of brownfields; policy and planning in post-socialist political economies.

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Laam Hae
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Research Interests:

Radical urban politics and social movements in North America and South Korea, Urban political economy, Neoliberal urbanization, Gentrification, Decolonial thoughts, Socialist feminism, Critical geographic thoughts.

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Alice Hovorka
Professor
Research Interests:

Human-environment relationships, Animal geographies, Gender and environment, Urban geography, Applied human geography.

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Jennifer Hyndman
Professor
Research Interests:

Geographies of forced migration/immigration; Humanitarian aid in response to conflict/asylum/disasters; Refugee (re)settlement; Critical and feminist geopolitics.

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William Jenkins
Associate Professor, Department of History
Research Interests:

Cultural and historical geography; comparative geographies of Irish diasporas; immigration and North American urban history; Canada and the British imperial world; Irish-Canadian studies.

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Roger Keil
Professor
Research Interests:

Urban politics and governance; urban political ecology; global cities and infectious disease.

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Philip Kelly
Professor
Research Interests:

Economic geography; labour; immigration and Canada-Asia transnationalism; Philippine and southeast asian development.

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Stefan Kipfer
Associate Professor
Research Interests:

Theories of society, politics and the city; Comparative urban-regional politics and planning; Urban social movements and restructuring; Colonization, racialization and urbanization; Suburbanization, territorial relations and regional planning; Public housing: gentrification, privatization and redevelopment.

Lucia Lo
Professor Emerita and Senior Scholar
Research Interests:

Intellectual migration and the global race for talents; immigration and settlement; ethnic economy, entrepreneurship, and consumer behavior; Chinese diaspora.

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Ute Lehrer
Professor
Research Interests:

Cities and Globalization; Economic Restructuring and Urban Form; Political Economy of the Built Environment; Theory and History of Planning, Urban Design and Architecture; Built Environment, Ethnicity and Immigration to Urban Area.

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Carlota McAllister
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Research Interests:

Anthropology; Latin American & Caribbean Studies; Religion; Revolution; Political Ecology; Political Theology.

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Deborah McGregor
Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School; Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice
Research Interests:

Indigenous Environmental Justice; Indigenous Governance; Sustainability; Water Governance; Indigenous Intellectual Traditions.

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Joseph Mensah
Professor
Research Interests:

Critical development theory and Africa; gender and development; space, race, and employment; geography of Aboriginal land claims.

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Jean Michel Montsion
Associate Professor, Canadian Studies, Glendon College; Director, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies
Accepting New Supervisions for Fall 2022
Research Interests:

Gateway cities; infrastructure, ethnicity and mobility; international education; Canada-Asia relations

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Glen Norcliffe
Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar
Research Interests:

Industrial restructuring; modernity; global economy; cultural production.

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Linda Peake
Professor
Not Accepting New Supervisions for Fall 2022
Research Interests:

Feminist geography; feminist urban studies; socio-spatial relations of class, gender, race and sexuality; feminist methodologies; mental health issues in academia; Guyana.

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Valerie Preston
Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar
Research Interests:

Gender and urban labour markets; immigration and Canadian cities; transnational migration and citizenshp; social geography.

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Sarah Rotz
Assistant Professor
Research Interests:

Agriculture , Environment and Sustainability, Critical Research Methodologies, Indigenous Food & Land Sovereignty, Food Justice, Political Ecology, Climate Change, Settler Colonial Studies.

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Jamie Scott
Professor, Department of Humanities
Research Interests:

Geography and religion; geography and literature.

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Steven Tufts
Associate Professor
Research Interests:

Geographies of organized labour; labour union renewal; young workers and community economic development; workers in spaces of production/consumption.

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Peter Vandergeest
Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar
Not Accepting New Supervisions for Fall 2022
Research Interests:

Political Ecologies of Labour and Migration, Oceans, Asia, Agrofood systems.

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Patricia Wood
Professor
Accepting New Supervisions for Fall 2022
Research Interests:

Identity and attachment to place; citizenship; governance and the state; activism; cities; transit; Indigenous geographies in North America; conflict over natural resource development; legal geography; migration and diversity; Ireland; Irish Travellers; Brexit; feminist geography; historical geography; use of non-traditional sources and methods.

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Doug Young
Associate Professor, Department of Social Science
Research Interests:

Politics of urban planning and development, Legacies of modern urbanism, Urban infrastructure.

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Anna Zalik
Associate Professor
Research Interests:

Global Humanitarian/Development Studies; International Aid Industry; Oil industry with a focus on the Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa; Political Economy, Comparative Historical Studies, Post-Coloniality.

These faculty members have appointments in other Faculties but have complementary academic interests with geography.

Jon Caulfield
Professor, Emeritus and Senior Scholar
Division of Social Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Research Interests:
Downtown Toronto neighbourhoods; residential redevelopment of deindustrialized space in inner Toronto; old church buildings in inner Toronto; use of photographs in urban research.

Anders Sandberg
Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change

Research Interests:
Resource management, forest and environmental history.

Adjuncts are faculty members who are based outside York University but have skills and expertise that strengthen the programme academically.

Taly Drezner 

Research Interests:
Biogeography; arid lands; disturbance, invasion and dispersal.

Kaz Higuchi
Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University


Christina Hoicka

Research Interests:
Energy Advocacy & Energy Justice; Participation & Planning In Energy Transitions; Community Energy; Innovation In Energy Services & Systems; Renewables Integration Into Electricity Grid.

Connie Ko
Graduate Program in Geography

Research Interests:
LiDAR; Machine learning; Deep learning; Tree Detection and Classification; GIS; Remote Sensing; 3D Mapping.

Libby Lunstrum

Research Interests:
Political ecology of international borders; people-park relations; the militarization/securitization of conservation; wildlife crime; political ecology of conflict/post-conflict spaces; environmental displacement; territorialization and land grabs; Southern Africa; North America

Robin Roth
Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Guelph

Daqing Yang
Research Scientist - Cold Region Hydrology Research, Environment Canada

Note: Not all faculty are available in a given year due to sabbaticals, research leaves, etc.

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