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Land assembly, financialization and agriculture in Canada’s North

Sarah Rotz by Sarah Rotz Building on her long-lasting interest in settler-colonial land transformations in Canada, Sarah Rotz focuses on a hitherto neglected topic: The expansion of large-scale agriculture in the country’s north. Focusing on the intertwined processes of capitalist frontier-making, large-scale land assembly, and financialization, she engages with the questions of

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Examining the labour market transitions to Personal Support Worker roles among Filipina women

Nikki Mary Pagaling by Nikki Mary Pagaling The lowest rung of the Canadian healthcare workforce is occupied by nurse aides, also known as personal support workers (PSWS). They perform a range of direct care tasks associated with daily living, and are employed in various settings, including institutional facilities like long-term

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Just transition for carbon neutrality and climate resilience in Tibetan Plateau

Wei Jiang This March, Dr. Wei Jiang from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences started her 6-month visiting fellowship at York. EUC work-study student Lorraine Wong interviews her on her plans for engagement and research at the Faculty. Q. Why did you decide to pursue a visiting scholarship at York

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Greenwashing the Ring of Fire: Indigenous jurisdiction and gaps in the EV battery supply chain

Saima Desai and Isaac Thornley by Saima Desai and Isaac Thornley In 2022, when Canada designated the metals buried beneath vast, remote peat bogs in Treaty No. 9 territory in Northern Ontario as “critical minerals,” it sparked a mining frenzy. There are now over 31,000 mining claims in the Ring

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Investigating the unconscious in the politics of development

Ilan Kapoor Ilan Kapoor has a new co-authored book on Rethinking Development Politics (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2024) with Gavin Fridell, Professor of Global Development Studies at Saint Mary's University, reassessing the politics of development psychoanalytically and investigating its unconscious. EUC work-study student Xinyu Mei interviews him on the importance of

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Minding Sanctuary: Potential for multispecies justice through care-full wildlife tourism

Siobhan Speiran by Siobhan Speiran, Ph.D. As a wild animal geographer and welfare scholar, I am thrilled to find an academic home amongst the vibrant EUC community as a postdoctoral visitor. I continue collaborating with Professor Alice Hovorka (my Ph.D. supervisor) and The Lives of Animals Research Group. I locate

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Telling the stories of climate, farm distress, inequality and justice

Sainath talks about climate, farm distress, inequality and justice at EUC. From March 4-8 renowned journalist and author P Sainath visited York for a week as a scholar-in-residence. He delivered two separate seminars about climate, farm distress, inequality and justice in rural India and discussed his latest book on the

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Geopolitics of mining and dispossession: Brazil and Canada

Thaís Henriques Dias This January, Thaís Henriques Dias, doctoral researcher in Sociology and Law at Fluminense Federal University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, started her 10-month visiting scholarship at York. EUC work-study student, Xinyu Mei, interviewed her on her plans for engagement and research at EUC. Why did you decide to

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Learning from “humanimals”: Exploring diverse rabbit-human relationships in animal care settings

by Melvin Chan Melvin Chan. Photo credit: Nadia Beyzaei. Research on human-animal interactions has grown dramatically in recent decades, and educators and researchers alike are increasingly interested in how animals might enhance learning and teaching. Examples of such “animal-assisted education” include reading to dogs to improve reading performance, and performing

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Getting to know Africa and its people: Confronting popular stereotypes

by Joseph Mensah This January, Professor Joseph Mensah presented a lecture at the Scholars’ Hub on Getting to know Africa and its people: Confronting popular stereotypes. In this lecture, Mensah discusses prevailing negative stereotypes about Africa and challenges them by shedding light on the continent's diversity and confronting the dehumanizing

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