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Best of YU: EUC's Top Moments of 2020

Linda Peake awarded the Canadian Association of Geographers Award (CAG) for Scholarly Distinction.

Linda Peake was recognized for her numerous influential contributions related to processes of geographic knowledge production, urban studies, and the development of feminist, collaborative and transnational research approaches. Peake is currently leading a major research initiative on gender and urbanism in the Global South under a SSHRC Partnership Grant.

Balikisu Osman wins a Vanier Scholarship

Balikisu Osman, a PhD in Environmental Studies Candidate, was awarded a prestigious 2020 Vanier Scholarship for her research titled "Analyzing climate risks and management responses for food security in northern Ghana."

Beyond Extraction organized by Devin Holterman

Devin Holterman, a PhD Candidate, Geography)\ organized a conference titled Beyond Extraction - A Counter Conference in the Heart of Extractive Capital from Feb 27 to March 4 in Toronto. The event featured Professor Anna Zalik in a Town Hall discussion focused on the power of the Canadian mining industry.  The initiative was funded through an International Workshop Award from the Antipode Foundation and sought to create a public counter-narrative alongside the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) meeting in Toronto at the same time.

EUC Black Student Caucus: Dedicated to Good Trouble

The EUC Black Caucus was created in Fall 2020 by a group of Black Graduate and Undergraduate students in EUC. They represent and advocate for the collective interests of all Black EUC students in all matters of policy and action at York University. The EUC Black Caucus seeks to build community among Black EUC students, faculty, and the larger university, with consideration for the diverse experiences and interests of Black students. Above all, the EUC Black Caucus works to optimize the environment within which Black EUC students and recent graduates develop, both professionally and personally.  

Valerie Preston, 2020 Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at CUNY

Valerie Preston spent the first half of 2020 as a Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, where she continued work on her SSHRC Partnership project ‘Building Migrant Resilience in Cities’.

John Lau named to Corporate Knight's 2020 Top 30 Under 30 list

MES Alumni, John Lau, Policy Research Analyst for Natural Resources Canada, and a member of Professor Christina Hoicka's social exergy + energy lab, who was named one of the top 30 under 30 sustainability leaders by Corporate Knights 

Canon Canada establishes a new award for EUC students

In 2020, Canon Canada generous created the NEW Canon Canada Environmental Studies Scholarship benefiting students in the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change. The Canon Canada Environmental Studies Scholarship will be presented annually for the next five years to students enrolled in EUC. The scholarships will provide financial assistance to students pursuing careers committed to sustainability and protecting the environment.

Mark Terry appointed as a 2020 Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Mark Terry was recently appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Terry is a contract faculty member in EUC and a Research Associate at Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research. Terry is an internationally recognized digital media innovator. His remediation of the documentary film known as the Geo-Doc is currently being used within various divisions of the United Nations as a data delivery system, a new communications tool that bridges the gap between science and policy.

MES Planning Candidate Allison Evans receives the ACSP's 2020 Ed McClure Award for the Best Masters Student Paper

Allison Evans, MES-Planning student, won the 2020 Ed McClure Award for Best Masters Student Paper conferred by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

Deborah McGregor & Lisa Myers receive CFI's John Evans Leadership Fund to renew the Wild Garden Media Centre

Deborah McGregor, Lisa Myers and Alan Corbiere (LA&PS) received a Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) – John Evans Leadership Fund (JELF) award to renovate EUC’s Wild Garden Media Centre to strengthen and support faculty and students’ interdisciplinary and multimedia research.  

100% SSHRC Connection Grant Successes!

Our EUC faculty applied and received 100% SSHRC Connection grant funding. The new 2020 research projects will include Andil Gosine on Everything Slackens in a Wreck exhibition at the Ford Foundation Gallery in New York in 2021; Martha Stiegman on Polishing the Chain knowledge mobilization strategy for the community and arts-based research of the Indigenous-led Talking Treaties project of Jumblies Theatre & Arts; and Mark Winfield on Mobilizing Energy Research in the Age of Populism and COVID-19.

EUC’s Ecological Footprint Initiative project developed the 2021 edition of the National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts

This new edition, published in 2020, marks the first edition calculated by the EUC Ecological Footprint Initiative team, which includes Eric Miller (Director), Sophie Angoh (MES'21), Chaya Kapoor (MES'21), Mark Milnes (MES'21), Elizabeth Holloway (MES'21), Anuja Kapoor (MES'20), w/ support from Maria-Louise McMaster (MES'20), Mary Thornbush (MES'20) & Jason Robinson (MES '19), in partnershipwith the Global Footprint Network.

Finding Flowers wins OAAG 2020 award

The Finding Flowers Project, co-led by Lisa Myers and Sheila Colla, won the Ontario Association of Arts Galleries 2020 award for “Planting One Another” in collaboration with Michael Evans and the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and Woodland Cultural Centre.

Two MES Students join the first cohort of the Women4Climate Toronto Mentorship Programme

Corals Zheng, MES-Planning student, and Marie Sophia Angoh, MES Student, were selected to participate in the first cohort of the Women4Climate Toronto (W4CTO) Mentorship Programme. The program, created in partnership with C40 Cities, will contribute to the development of the next generation of female climate leaders in Toronto.

Change is here! The NEW Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change Opened in 2020

The new Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change (EUC) launched September 1, 2020.

EUC has been created as a call to action to respond to the most pressing challenges facing people and the planet. EUC unites scholars and students from environmental, geographic and urban realms. As a diverse community of thinkers undertaking bold action, EUC generates and mobilizes knowledge, leads transitions and offers solutions towards a just and sustainable future for all.