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Linda J. Peake

Linda J. Peake

Professor

Director, The City Institute

Credentials

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

Research Keywords

Urban Studies; Feminist And Anti-Racist Geographies; Urban Geographies; Feminist Methodologies; Mental Health In The Academy; Guyana

Linda Peake

Contact Information

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J1P3

416 736 2100

lpeake@yorku.ca

https://lpeake.info.yorku.ca/

Research Interests

I am the Director of The City Institute at York University, and a feminist geographer with research interests in the co-construction of subjectivities and urban places, particularly pertaining to marginalized communities in the urban global south, and specifically Guyana.  My interests in knowledge production also extend to 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 on 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) 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 Projects

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

Co-applicants – Dr. Beverley Mullings, Dr. Faranak Miraftab, Dr. Grace Adeniyi-Ogunyanking, Dr. Jack Gieseking, , Dr. Mudar Kassis, Dr. Sara Koopman, Dr. Anindita Datta, 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, Dr. Cindi Katz, Dr. Geraldine Pratt,  Dr. Similolu Afonja, Dr. Susan Parnell, 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 six cities in the global south (Cochabamba, Delhi, Georgetown, Ibadan, Ramallah, and Shanghai). Its aim is to investigate the gendered implications of urbanization to advance an understanding of practices of urban placemaking in the six cities are reconstituting gender relations and gendered rights to the city. The partnership aims to: conduct research on how gendered poverty 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 everyday lives of these women; and to engage in public engagement initiatives as well as knowledge mobilization to promote inclusive, equitable and just urban development.

Summer Institute in Urban Studies (SIUS), PI, 2022

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 Summer 2022.   

2020-21 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 brought a network of Chines feminist urban scholars from China, Europe and North America for 3 workshops held virtually at York University in August 2021 to discuss gender and urbanization in Chinese cities. A manuscript is forthcoming with Routledge, Urbanizing China in the New Era: Gender and Urban Placemaking(editor, Prof. Penn Ip).

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 is forthcoming in Urban Geography  (2022).

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.

Research Output

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

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

Peake, L. and Pratt, G. “Why Women in Cities Matter” in Bain, A. and Peake, L. (eds) Urbanization in a Global Context. 2nd edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press.

Peake, L. and Sheppard, E. 2022.USA and Anglo-Canadian critical geographies”. In Berg, L., Best, U., Gilmartin, M., and Larsen, H. (eds) Placing Critical Geography:  Historical Geographies of Critical Geography. London: Routledge, pp. 44-65.

Koleth, E., Peake, L. Razavi, N. and Adeniyi-Ogunyankin, O. Introduction: Re-Imagining Feminist Urban Futures. Theme issue ofUrban Geography.

This is the introduction to a theme issue Feminist Explorations of Urban Imaginaries, that is under review at Urban Geography. It includes seven papers from our 2019 Feminist Explorations of Urban Futures Conference.  

Razavi, N., Adeniyi-Ogunyankin, G., Balogun, D., Basu, S., Datta, A., de Souza, K., Koleth, E., Ip, P.,  Marcus, J., Miraftab, F., Mullings, B., Nmormah, S., Pardo Burgoa, S., and  Peake, L. ‘COVID-19 and Circulations of Care in the City’.  Under review at Social and Cultural Geography.

Peake, L., Adeniyi Ogunyankin, G., and Datta, A. (eds) Handbook on Gender and Cities. Edward Elgar International Handbooks on Gender Series. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. This book has 50 chapters, all of which have been allocated. Publication due in 2022.

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

Peake, L., et al. Feminist Approaches to Comparative Urban Research. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Verbal Agreement.

Peake, L. and Razavi, N. “A comparative study of SDGs 5 and 11”. To be submitted to Gender and Development.

Tanyildiz, G, and Peake, L. The urban everyday. To be submitted to Progress in Human Geography.

GenUrb Research Training Modules (RTMs)   

One aspect of GenUrb’s publication plan includes our RTMs (n=17), which will serve as an open access on line feminist urban studies research methods and methodology resource. I am the overall editor  and co-author on two of these (with post doctoral fellows and Ph.D. students). The RTMs include the following: Introduction to Feminist Urban Studies, Feminist Urban Policy, Feminist Research Ethics, Literature Reviews, Introduction to Research Methods and Methodologies, Interviews, Fieldwork, Data Analysis, Professional Standards, Leadership, and Teamwork; Knowledge Mobilization, Data Management, Translation, NVivo, Social Media,  Feminist Comparative Urban Research, Feminist Comparative Research in the time of COVID 19, Feminist Ethnography, Research and Activism, and Mixed Methods.  We aim to launch this set of RTMs in late 2022.

Koleth, E and Peake, L.  Introduction to Feminist Urban Studies, 27pp.

Mikhail, M. and Peake, L. Feminist Comparative Urban Research, 25pp.

Katsikana, M. and Peake, L. Urban Feminist Activism, 25pp.

Peake, L. Podcast: Global Urban Dialgoues Series, Interview. Urban Studies Institute, University of Antwerp. November 2021.

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

2021 Peake, L., Koleth, E., Tanyildiz, G., S. Narayanareddy, R. N., and Patrick, D. (eds) A Feminist Urban Theory for our Time: Rethinking Social Reproduction and the Urban. London:Antipode Book Series, Wiley Press.

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.

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”.

2016 - Section Editor of over 50 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.

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.

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): 387-404DOI: 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.

2021 Adeniyi Ogunyankin, G. and Peake, L. “The Importance of a Gendered Analysis of COVID-19”. In Andrews, G. J., Crooks V., Pearce, J., and Messina, J.P. (eds) COVID-19 and Similar Futures: Pandemic Geographies. Springer Press, pp.341-348.

2021 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 and the urban. (London:Antipode Book Series, Wiley Press), pp.1-41.

2021 Peake, L., Narayanareddy, R. N., Tanyildiz, G. S., Koleth, E. S., and Patrick, D. “Preface”. 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 and the urban (London:Antipode Book Series, Wiley Press), pp.xv-xvii.

2021 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). pp.116-123.

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.

2021 Mullings, B., Parizeau, K. and Peake, L. “Mental Health, Geography and the Academy”. 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.) 7pp. DOI: 10.1002/9781118786352.wbieg2013

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.

2021 Nageer, S., and Peake, L.  (on behalf of Red Thread) Guyana’s Civil Society Alternative Report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child: On Implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Right of the Child in the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (OPAC) Guyana. 26pp.

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.

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.

Recognition & 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

Courses

Graduate Courses (*New Courses Developed)     

Course CodeTitle
2019 *GEOG5315 Feminist Geographies of Space and Place: Urbanization, Gender and the Global South
2018 Graduate Reading CoursesFeminist Urban Studies
Dina Al Shawwa MA, Women, Gender and Feminist Studies, Fall 2018
2018 Undergraduate Courses SOSC 3715 3.0The Urban Professional  SOSC 3715 3.0
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