Graduate Program Director (Environmental Studies)
PhD Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles
MA (Urban Planning), University of California, Los Angeles
BSc Landscape Architecture, Université de Montréal
Cities, Urban Planning, Migration, Citizenship, Social and Environmental Justice.
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
416 736 2100
Born and raised in rural Quebec along the US border, my research interest extends to large cities and borders politics. My scholarship has developed around three poles: i) migration and border politics; ii) urban planning and the political economy and ecology of sub/urbanization; and iii) politics of risk and post-disaster reconstruction (as a tragic train derailment took my research back to my home region of Lac-Mégantic). These research areas are framed by a politics of inclusion/exclusion. I am particularly interested in how the logic of exclusion reproduces itself through control, precarity, risk and crisis discourses.At the core of these regimes and discourses are issues of incapacitation of everyday life, citizenship and ‘right to the city.’
More specifically, my research examines how migration control has increasingly expanded away from the border through neoliberal strategies of incapacitation, deterrence and detention, as a way not only to penalize border crossing but also to criminalize everyday practices of many migrants. My work related to cities (from Mexico City to Lac-Mégantic) looks at the entanglement of capitalist urban development, governance and resistance/activism in both normalized and ‘exceptional’ (post-disaster) agendas. My research and teaching are motivated for needed change towards environmental and social justice.
Recognition & Awards
- FES Dean's Service Award (shared with Tarmo Remmel)
Not currently teaching, but recent courses included:
|Political Ecology of Landscapes
|Social Justice and Planning
|PhD Research Seminar
|PhD Research Seminar (Dissertation Proposal)
|Seminar in Geographical Practice.