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Peake, Linda J.

Peake, Linda J.

 Peake_Linda J.

Peake, Linda J.

Professor

Director, The City Institute


PhD Political Geography , Reading University
BA (Honours) Geography , Reading University

Urban studies; Feminist and anti-racist geographies; Urban geographies; Feminist methodologies; Mental health in the academy; Guyana

I am the Director of The City Institute at York University, and a feminist geographer with research interests on gendered, raced and classed urban issues, particularly as they pertain to marginalized communities in the urban global south, and specifically Guyana.  My interests in knowledge production also extend to issues of engaging with people experiencing mental and emotional distress and I am currently Co-Chair of the AAG Affinity Group on Mental Health. I have numerous publications and have sat on a number of editorial boards of academic journals. Currently, I am the editorial board of Urban Geography and the International Advisory Board of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. My latest publications include the books Urbanization in a Global Context. 2nd edition (co-edited with A. Bain, forthcoming) and Peake, L., Koleth, E., Tanyildiz, G., S. Narayanareddy, R. N., and patrick, d. (eds) (forthcoming) A Feminist Urban Theory for our Time: Rethinking Social Reproduction and the Urban (London: Antipode Book Series, Wiley). I am also a Director on the Urban Studies Foundation Board and a holder of a SSHRC Partnership Grant entitled: Urbanization, gender and the global south: a transformative knowledge network (GenUrb).

Research

Current Projects

Urbanization, gender, and the global south: a transformative knowledge network (GenUrb), PI, 2017-2024, www.yorku.ca/genurb, @genurbnetwork (twitter)

Co-applicants – Dr. Beverley Mullings, Dr. Faranak Miraftab, Dr. Grace Adeniyi-Ogunyanking, Dr. Jack Gieseking, Dr. Martina Rieker, Dr. Mudar Kassis, Dr. Sara Koopman, Dr. Shipa Phadke, Dr. Michelle (Tsung-Yi) Huang

Collaborators: Dr. Cristina Temenos, Dr. Maria Esther Pozo, Dr. Natasha Aruri, Dr. Nazgol Bagheri, Dr. Richa Nagar, Dr. Sylvia Bawa, Dr. Andreas Bruck, Ms. Karen de Souza, Ms. Kathryn Travers, Ms. Luoyi Cai, Ms. Prabha Khosla, Ms. Xiaoyan Wu, Dr. Cindi Katz, Dr. Geraldine Pratt,  Dr. Similolu Afonja, Dr. Susan Parnell, Dr. Anindita Datta, Dr. Swagata Basu

The ‘Urbanization, gender, and the global south: a transformative knowledge network’ (GenUrb) project is a SSHRC funded six year global comparative research and public education project with over 35 feminist and academics and activists based in eight cities in the global south (Cairo, Cochabamba, Delhi, Georgetown, Ibadan, Mumbai, Ramallah, and Shanghai) under the academic direction of Professor Linda Peake, Director of the City Institute and Professor in the Urban Studies Program in the Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University. Its aim is to investigate the gendered implications of urbanization to advance an understanding of how the relationship between poverty and inequality in the seven cities is reconstituting gender relations and gendered rights to the city. The partnership aims to: conduct research on how gendered inequality is experienced in the lives of poor women in these cities; investigate how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and policies relating to women and cities map on to the experiences of these women; and to engage in public engagement and education initiatives as well as knowledge mobilization to promote inclusive, equitable and just urban development.

Summer Institute in Urban Studies (SIUS), PI, 2020-2021

Co-applicants - Dr. Kevin Ward, Manchester University, and Dr. Matthew Siemiatycki, University of Toronto

In collaboration with Manchester University, the University of Toronto, and the City Institute, this SSHRC Connections grant will bring the Summer Institute in Urban Studies to York University in the near future (originally scheduled for June 2020, but postponed due to COVID).   

2020 York University - China Canada Initiative Fund, Women and urbanization in China: Building a transformative knowledge network, PI, 2020-2021

Co-applicant – Dr. Penn Ip, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

This project will bring feminist scholars to York University to discuss urbanization in Chinese cities.

Recent Projects

SSHRC Connections Grant, Feminist Explorations of Urban Futures International Conference (FEUF), co-applicant, 2019-2020
PI – Dr. Elsa Koleth, PDV, GenUrb, York University

This project brough GenUrb’s Mid-term international conference, Feminist Explorations of Urban Futures Conference, to York University in September 2019.  A theme issue stemming from this conference will be submitted for publication in December 2020.

SSHRC Insight Grant, Gendered Securities and Gendered Urban Forms in Guyana, PI, 2013-2017

In the era of neoliberal development, framed in the global south by the policy of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), there is a paradoxical occurrence of, on the one hand, increased efforts to lift people out of poverty and on the other increasing levels of insecurity in everyday lives. This interdisciplinary four-year research program, situated at the intersections of urban, development, feminist and Caribbean Studies, aimed to critically examine this paradox via the nexus of gender, poverty and insecurity in a small city in the Anglo-Caribbean.

SSHRC Connections Grant, Rethinking Urban Theory Through the Analytical Lense of Planetary Urbanization, PI, 2016

This project brought scholars to York Unviersity to attend a workshop critically engaging with social reproduction and planetary urbanization.  This resulted in the publication of Planetary Urbanization: an urban theory for our time? in Society and Space D (2017) by Sue Ruddick, Linda Peake, Gokboru Tanyildiz, and Darren Patrick.

Awards

  • Canadian Association of Geographers Award for Scholarly Distinction in Geography
  • Solidarity Award, AAG Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers (AAG) to the Past and Present Editors of Gender, Place and Culture
  • York University Research Leader
  • Distinguished Scholar Award, Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers
  • Jan Monk Service Award by the Geographic Perspectives on Women (GPOW) Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers
  • LA&PS, York University, Award for Distinction in Research, Creativity or Scholarship: Established Scholar
  • The Julian Minghi Outstanding Research Award from the Political Geography Study Group of the The Julian Minghi Outstanding Research Award from the Political Geography Study Group of the Association of American Geographers

Selected Publications

Select Publications (2015-2020)

Forthcoming

Ogunyankin, G. and Peake, L. “Tiwa’s morning”. In McFarlane, C., and M. Lancione (eds.) The Handbook of Global Urbanism: Essays on the City and its Future (London: Routledge). Invited chapter.

Peake, L., Koleth, E., Tanyildiz, G., S. Narayanareddy, R. N., and patrick, d. (eds) A feminist urban theory for our time: rethinking social reproduction, the urban and its constitutive outside. (London: Antipode Book Series, Wiley Press).

Tanyildiz, G., Peake, L., Koleth, E., S. Narayanareddy, R. N., patrick, d., and Ruddick, S. “A feminist urban theory for our time: rethinking social reproduction, the urban and its constitutive outside”. In Peake, L., Koleth, E., Tanyildiz, G., S., Narayanareddy, R. N., and patrick, d. (eds) A feminist urban theory for our time: rethinking social reproduction, the urban and its constitutive outside. (London: Antipode Book Series).

Submitted

Peake, L. “Urban feminist imaginaries for the ‘21st century of the city’”. Geohumanities for a theme issue on The Politics of Space and the Humanities (editor: Prof. T. Rapatzikou). Invited paper.

Adeniyi Ogunyankin, G. and Peake, L. Gender. In Andrews, G. J., Crooks V., and Pearce, J. (eds) COVID-19 and Similar Futures: Geographical Perspectives, Issues and Agendas. Springer Press. Invited chapter.

In preparation

Bain, A., and Peake, L. (eds.) Urbanization in a Global Context. 2nd edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press. Contract signed.

Peake, L. and Pratt, G. “Why Women in Cities Matter” in Bain, A., and Peake, L. (eds.) Urbanization in a Global Context. Second edition Toronto: Oxford University Press.

Peake, L. and Rieker, M. (eds.) Handbook on Gender and Cities. Edward Elgar International Handbooks on Gender Series. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. Contract signed.

Peake, L. “Georgetown, Guyana: Postcolonial Distance and Difference in a Small Caribbean City”. To be submitted to New West Indian Guide.

Podcasts

2017 Why Women in Cities Matter. In Bain, A., and Peake, L. (eds.) 2017. Urbanization In A Global Context. Toronto: Oxford University Press. Chapter 17. https://arc2.oup-arc.com/access/bain-student-resources 

2017 Introducing Urbanization in a Global Context. In Bain, A., and Peake, L. (eds.) 2017. Urbanization In A Global Context. Toronto: Oxford University Press. Chapter 1. https://arc2.oup-arc.com/access/bain-student-resources 

2016 Cultivating an Ethic of Wellness in Geography. The Canadian Geographer https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/0rK29/fi-bde5c835-2a69-4289-ad6d-16bfcfbccf10/fv-2b762e0a-9be2-458d-89dc-cf0cc95c4522/04-20-2016-WEB-rev1%20(1).mp4

2015 Feminists on the Frontlines. Gender, Place and Culture.
http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/pgas/cgpc-feminists-audio

Books

2017 Bain, A., and Peake, L. (eds.) Urbanization in a Global Context. Toronto: Oxford University Press.

2013 Peake, L., Rieker, M. (eds.) Rethinking Feminist Interventions into the Urban. London: Routledge.

2004 Staeheli, L., Kofman, E., and L. Peake (eds.) Mapping Gender, Making Politics: feminist perspectives in political geography. London: Routledge.

1999 Peake, L. and A. Trotz. Gender, Place and Ethnicity: Women and Identities in Guyana. London: Routledge.

1988 Little, J., Peake L. and P. Richardson (eds.) Women in Cities: Gender and the Urban Environment. London: Macmillan.

1987 Moser, C. O. N. and L. Peake (eds.) Women, Human Settlements and Housing. London: Tavistock.

Journal Issues Edited

2018 Co-editor with, Prof. S. Ruddick, Prof. R. Reddy, Prof. R. Tchoukaleyska, Mr. D.  Patrick, and Mr. G. Tanyildiz, of a theme issue of Environment and Planning D: Society and Space on “Placing Planetary Urbanization in Other Fields of Vision”.

2016 Co-editor with Prof. B. Mullings and Prof. K. Parizeau of a theme issue of The Canadian Geographer, 60 (2) on “Cultivating an Ethic of Wellness in Geography”.

Encyclopaedias Edited

2016-19 Section Editor of over 40 entries on “Social Geography” in The AAG Encyclopaedia of Geography, edited by Richardson, D. Castree, N., Goodchild, M., Kobayashi, A., Liu, W., and R. Marston. Malden, Oxford: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.

Refereed Introductions to Journal Theme Issues

2018 Peake, L., Patrick, M., Reddy, R., Ruddick, S., Tanyildiz, G. S., and Tchoukaleyska, R. Placing Planetary Urbanization in Other Fields of Vision. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 36 (3): 374-386. DOI: 10.1177/0263775818775198.

2016 Mullings, B., Peake, L. and Parizeau, K. “Cultivating an Ethic of Wellness in Geography,” The Canadian Geographer 60 (2): 161-67. DOI: 10.1111/cag.12275.

Refereed Journal Articles

2019 Peake, L and K. England. (What Geographers Should Know About) The State of U.S. and Canadian Academic Professional Associations’ Engagement with Mental Health Practices and Policies. The Professional Geographer 72 (1): 37-53. DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2019.1611455 

2018 Ruddick, S., Peake, L., Patrick, D., and Tanyildiz, G. S. “Planetary Urbanization: An Urban Theory for our Time?” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 36 (3): 387-404. DOI: 10.1177/0263775817721489

2016 Peake, L., and Mullings, B. “Critical reflections on mental and emotional distress in the academy,” ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies 15 (2): 253-284.

2016 Mullings, B., Peake, L. and Parizeau, K. “Cultivating an Ethic of Wellness in Geography,” The Canadian Geographer 60 (2): 161-67. DOI: 10.1111/cag.12275

2016 Parizeau, K., Shillington, L., Hawkins, R., Sultana, F., Mountz, A., Mullings, B., and Peake, L. “Breaking the silence: A feminist geography call to action,” The Canadian Geographer 60 (2): 192-204. DOI: 10.1111/cag.12265

2016 Peake, L. “Review of, ‘Mapping Desire’ by David Bell and Gill Valentine, Classic in human geography,” Progress in Human Geography 40 (4): 574-578. DOI: 10.1177/0309132515585060

2016 Peake, L. “The twenty-first century quest for feminism and the global urban,” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 40 (1): 219-227. DOI:10.1111/1468-2427.12276. Part of theme issue edited by Ananya Roy and Jennifer Robinson, on “Global Urbanisms and the Nature of Urban Theory”.

2016 Peake, L. “On feminism and feminist allies in urban geography,” Urban Geography 37 (6): 830-838. DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2015.1105484.

2015 Peake, L. “The Suzanne Mackenzie Memorial Lecture: Rethinking the politics of feminist knowledge production in geography,” The Canadian Geographer 59 (3) 257-266. DOI: 10.1111/cag.12174

Book Chapters

2019 Peake, L. and Mullings, B. “Mental Health” in Antipode Editorial Collective: Tariq Jazeel, Andy Kent, Katherine McKittrick, Nik Theodore, Sharad Chari, Paul Chatterton, Vinay Gidwani, Nik Heynen, Wendy Larner, Jamie Peck, Jenny Pickerill, Marion Werner and Melissa W. Wright. Keywords in Radical Geographical Though: Antipode at 50. (London: Wiley, Antipode Book Series), pp. 175-180. DOI: 10.1111/anti.12449.

2019 Shepherd, E. and Peake, L. “The Union of Socialist Geographers” in Antipode Editorial Collective: Tariq Jazeel, Andy Kent, Katherine McKittrick, Nik Theodore, Sharad Chari, Paul Chatterton, Vinay Gidwani, Nik Heynen, Wendy Larner, Jamie Peck, Jenny Pickerill, Marion Werner and Melissa W. Wright. Keywords in Radical Geographical Thought: Antipode at 50. (London: Wiley, Antipode Book Series), pp. 264-268. DOI: 10.1111/anti.12439

2019 Peake, L. “The Life and Times of the Union of Socialist Geographers” in Barnes, T., Sheppard, E. (eds.) Historical Geographies of Radical Geography (Antipode Book Series) Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 149-181.

2017 Peake, L. “Feminism and the urban.” In Short, J. (ed) A Research Agenda for Cities. Elgar Research Agendas. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 82-97.

2017 Peake, L. and Pratt, G. “Why Women in Cities Matter” in Bain, A., and Peake, L. (eds.) Urbanization in a Global Context. Toronto: Oxford University Press, pp. 276-294.

2017 Peake, L. and Bain, A. “Preface” and “Introduction: Urbanization and urban geographies” in Bain, A., and Peake, L. (eds.) Urbanization in a Global Context. Toronto: Oxford University Press, pp. vx-xxi, 1-15.

2017 Bain, A. and Peake, L. “Conclusion:  Envisioning global urban futures” in Bain, A., and Peake, L. (eds.) Urbanization in a Global Context. Toronto: Oxford University Press, pp. 426-435.

Encyclopaedia Entries

2020 Mullings, B., Parizeau, K and Peake, L. (2021) “Mental Health in Geography”. In Richardson, D. Castree, N., Goodchild, M., Kobayashi, A., Liu, W., and R. Marston (eds.) The American Association of Geographers International Encyclopaedia of Geography (Malden, Oxford: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.).

2020 Peake, L. “Gender and the city”. In International Encyclopaedia of Human geography, 2nd Edition, Volume 5 edited by Kobayashi, A. London: Elsevier, pp. 281-292. DOI.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-102295.10186-6.

2017 Peake, L. “Women in geography.” In The AAG International Encyclopaedia of Geography, edited by Richardson, D. Castree, N., Goodchild, M., Kobayashi, A., Liu, W., and R. Marston. Malden, Oxford: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd), Vol. XIV, pp. 7,768-7,776.

2017 Peake, L. “Feminist methodologies.” In The AAG International Encyclopaedia of Geography, edited by Richardson, D. Castree, N., Goodchild, M., Kobayashi, A., Liu, W., and R. Marston. Malden, Oxford: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd, Vol. V, pp. 2,331-2,340.

2017 Peake, L. “Anthropogeography.” In The AAG International Encyclopaedia of Geography, edited by Richardson, D. Castree, N., Goodchild, M., Kobayashi, A., Liu, W., and R. Marston. Malden, Oxford: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd, Vol. I, pp 174-176.

2017 Peake, L. “Heteronormativity.” In The AAG International Encyclopaedia of Geography, edited by Richardson, D. Castree, N., Goodchild, M., Kobayashi, A., Liu, W., and R. Marston. Malden, Oxford: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd, Vol. VII, pp. 3,315-3,318.

Professional Consultancy Reports

2018 Peake, L., B. Mullings, K. Parizeau, K. England, D. Metzel, V. Wadhwa, N. Worth, A. Mountz, J. Magee, G. Thornburg, J. Finlay, B. Hawkins and L. Pulsipher. August 2018. Mental Health and Wellbeing in Geography: Creating a Healthy Discipline. Report of the American Association of Geographers Task Force on Mental Health (2015-2018). 76pp.

2015 Nyasimi, M., and Peake, L. “Review of SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” in ICSU, ISSC Review of Targets for the Sustainable Development Goals: The Science Perspective (Paris: International Council for Science (ICSU)), pp. 29-32.

2015 The Jane Finch TSNS Task Force. Community response to the Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2020: What neighbourhood improvement looks like from the perspective of residents in Jane / Finch. 70pp.

Other key career contributions

1.   In 2012 I was an invited member of an international panel of leading experts (n=7) that conducted an International Benchmarking Review of UK Human Geography, reviewing the standing of UK Human Geography, supported by the ESRC, AHRC and the RGS / IBG. Candidates for this Panel were chosen based on their record as internationally renowned research leaders in Human Geography (see Ley, D., Braun, B., Domosh, M., LeHeron, R., Peake, L., Willekins, F. and B. Yeoh 2012). International Benchmarking Review for UK Human Geography (London: ESRC), pp. 56). [my cont.15%]

2.   *Kobayashi, A. and Peake, L. 2000. Racism out of place: thoughts on whiteness and an antiracist geography in the new millennium. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 90: 392-403. Reprinted in Moss, P. and Falconer–Al-Hindi, K. (eds.) 2007. Feminisms in Geography: Space, Place, and Environment. (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield). [my contribution 50%]. This is a much cited research article in the foremost journal of Geography in North America and was seminal in studies of whiteness by geographers. [478 citations Google Scholar]

3.   2016, Co-editor with Prof. Beverley Mullings  and  Prof.  Kate  Parizeau  of  a  theme  issue  of  The Canadian Geographer, 60 (2) on “Cultivating an Ethic of Wellness in Geography”. Contributions by Alison Mountz, Kate McLean, Lawrence Berg, Marcia England, David Conradson, Eric Windhorst and Alison Williams, and Laurence Simard-Gagnon. This is a new research direction on mental health in the academy that I am pursuing, in conjunction with having co- established in 2014 an Affinity Group  on Mental Health in the Academy in the American Association of Geographers (with Bev Mullings and Kate Parizeau).

4.   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 in (i) Harloe, M. (ed.) 1996. The Sociology of Urban Communities. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. (ii) Hamnett, C. (ed.) 1996. Social Geography: A Reader. London: Arnold. (iii) Open Site for Society and Space: Environment and Planning D 2012 virtual issue (Boys Town Redux) of 12 feminist geography articles. This is a republished research article, popular in both Geography and Sociology. [200 citations Google Scholar]

5.   Ruddick, S., Peake, L., Patrick, D., and Tanyildiz, G. S. (2018) “Planetary Urbanization: An Urban Theory for our Time?” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 36 (3): 387-404. This article, part of a theme issue I organized on an intellectual engagement with planetary urbanization, has hit a nerve in Urban Studies and has already been downloaded 1,547 times.

Teaching (2020-2021 on sabbatical)

Courses

Graduate Courses (*New Courses Developed)     

2019 *GEOG5315 Feminist Geographies of Space and Place: Urbanization, Gender and the Global South

Graduate Reading Courses

2018 Feminist Urban Studies

Dina Al Shawwa MA, Women, Gender and Feminist Studies, Fall 2018

Undergraduate Courses

2018 The Urban Professional  SOSC 3715 3.0

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