Global Geography Coordinator
Research Faculty, Centre for Refugee Studies
PhD Human Geography, University of Toronto
MA Human Geography, University of Toronto
BA Geography, University of Bombay
Urban Social and Political Geography; Anti-Imperialism and Postcolonial Geographies; Critical Geographies of Education; Urban Geographies of Migration and Displacement; Theories of Collective Action and Community Organization; Spatial Methodologies including Phronesis and Critical Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Canada, Cuba, India.
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
416 736 2100
My research and teaching interests relate to the geographies of marginality, diversity and social justice in cities; power, space and activism; anti-imperialism and post-colonial geographies; forced migration and the geopolitics of subaltern cosmopolitanism; critical geographies of education; and spatial methodologies including critical GIS. My projects have explored the impacts of neoliberalization of educational restructuring in Ontario; 'multiculturalism' in schools; urbanization, social sustainability, public space/place-making among migrant communities; sub/urban/altern cosmopolitanism and cities of integrative multiplicity in Toronto. My current work explores the transformational dynamics of urban/geopolitical/educational spaces in Cuba and India.
I have served for many years on the executive board of the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS); and also the York Centre for Education and Community (YCEC); The City Institute at York University (CITY); and the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR); and as a fellow at the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC). I am the Principal Investigator in an international SSHRC Insight Grant project (2015-20/22) titled Subalterity, Education and Welfare Cities that historically traces the geopolitical impacts of forced displacement on cities and schools through questions of conflict and displacement in Havana, Toronto and Kolkata. As part of this project, a working group on the Geopolitics of Education for Peace is currently exploring international examples around the world related to questions of education, praxis, peace.
Recognition & Awards
- 2008 John A. Sproul Fellow at the Center for Canadian Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
- 2008 Visiting Scholar, Center for Cities and Schools at the Institute for Urban and Regional Development (IURD), University of California, Berkeley.
- 2019 Visiting Scholar, University of Havana.
- 2019 featured in Women and GIS (ESRI) Seeking human interconnectedness on a global scale.
- 2022 Visiting Scholar, University of Havana
|Migration and Displacement
|Critical Geographies of Education
|Urban Social Analysis
|Graduate Course EU/GEOG 5370
|Space, Power and the City