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The production of Iran as a national state spacetime: Late development and formal subsumption

Aidin Torkameh Spacetime as a social product is almost absent in Iranian social thought and politics. Environment/geography is still considered to be a mere static background. This contrasts with a dialectical conception of spacetime as simultaneously a formative product and contingent condition (and indirect producer) of social action. Conventional approaches

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Sand and stone materials mining in the Jeneberang River in South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Wendy Alejandra Medina de Loera Wendy Medina (in Malino, 2019). Photo taken by Billy Ganzio Saputra. My dissertation explores the extractive industry of river sand and stone materials[1] by drawing on empirical research in the Jeneberang river in South Sulawesi province, Indonesia. In recent years real estate capital has been

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Inclusion and exclusion in global production networks: The case of Myanmar migrant seafood processing workers in Thailand

Carli Melo The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of global production networks (GPNs). Throughout the pandemic, GPNs have experienced disruptions as manufacturing facilities have closed and consumers have been placed under lockdown. The impacts of such disruption have led to the reduction in wages and unemployment of millions of

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Civic diasporic organizations, cyberspace, and superdiverse locales: Bangladeshis in Toronto

Tahmid Rouf The pandemic has altered the way civic diasporic organizations operate, with a recent rush towards digitized collaborations, activities, and service delivery. These unique multiscalar organizations have been an important part of the lives of residents in large cities across North America in recent decades, particularly in superdiverse migrant

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Birds and plastic pollution – A case study in Toronto

Melina Damian by Melina Damian, MES, Ontario Nature's Communications Coordinator When you think of a bird’s nest, what’s the first image that comes to mind? Probably a bunch of sticks and leaves bundled together – right? Unfortunately, for birds that live in urbanized areas, they often use anthropogenic debris (otherwise

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YCAR celebrates its 20th anniversary and Asian Heritage Month this May

Abidin Kusno, YCAR Director This year, the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) marks a significant milestone: its 20th anniversary! YCAR was launched in 2002 to support and promote research that bring a multi-disciplinary perspective to the study of Asia (and its component nations) and Asian diaspora (in Canada and elsewhere). Through

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Ontario's cormorant hunt and what it means for its future

by Gail Fraser Gail Fraser For the last 14 years, I’ve studied double-crested cormorants at Tommy Thompson Park on the east side of Toronto’s harbour. Every April, I put on my coveralls and venture forth to follow a sample of nests, recording when nesting began and whether birds were successful

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A grounded approach to environmental sustainability, health and human well-being in Southern Costa Rica

In 2021, the York Las Nubes project in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (EUC) launched the Grounded project in collaboration with the York Faculty of Health, York International, York Libraries, and Universidad Técnica Nacional (UTN) of Costa Rica, San Carlos Campus. Indeed, community is at the heart of

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Integrating UN Sustainable Development Goals in university curriculum, research, and partnerships

Nicole Arsenault How have universities integrated the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) and what lessons might be learned and applied therein? This is the key question that Nicole Arsenault, MES alumnus and Program Director of York’s Office of Sustainability, sought to address in her MES Paper on The Role

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Exploring and recreating ecologies that take shape between plants and people

Alexandra Gelis At the ArtworxTO Hub West, 250 the East Mall, Etobicoke, a display is growing, quite literally, that looks to educate visitors on the relationship between the migrations of people and plants to the Toronto area.  The installation is primarily sound-based and draws on award winning artist and PhD

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