Welcome to the April 2022 edition of the EUC Research Update - bringing you highlights from research activities at York's Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change. We invite you to view our past updates on our Research News page.
Calvin Lakhan on eco-modulation: What is it, does it work, and how can it apply to packaging waste?
Alexandra Gelis on exploring and recreating ecologies that take shape between plants and people.
Nicole Arsenault on integrating UN Sustainable Development Goals in university curriculum, research, and partnerships.
Accolades and Awards
The Office of the Vice-President Research and Innovation (VPRI) has recognized our researchers for their research and creative achievements in a virtual Celebration of Research Excellence on April 19. Congratulations and best wishes to all our research award winners on their continued success!
Sheila Colla on winning the C. Gordon Hewitt Award from the Entomological Society of Canada;
Sarah Flicker on winning the 2021 Canadian Association for HIV Research-Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CAHR-CANFAR) Excellence in Research Award in Social Science;
Andil Gosine on being awarded the Duke University Press Scholar of Color First Book Award for Nature's Wild: Love, Sex and Law in the Caribbean;
Jennifer Hyndman on being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada;
Lisa Myers on being named a York Research Chair in Indigenous Art and Curatorial Practice; and
Mark Terry on receiving an Honorable Mention from the UN SDG Action Awards.
Bipasha Baruah, ES PhD alumna and gender, sexuality and women's studies professor at Western University, has been named the new Strategic Focus Western Research Chair. The chair recognizes Baruah’s innovative, interdisciplinary research at the intersections of gender, economy, environment and development; gender and work; and social, political and economic inequality. Baruah joined Western in 2012 as the Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues. Her current research aims to understand how to ensure a global, low-carbon economy will be more gender-equitable and socially just than its fossil-fuel based predecessor.
Andil Gosine received a SSHRC Connections Grant for a summer school, exhibition, and workshop as a follow-up to his award-winning book Nature's Wild. The summer school will be organized around theoretical concepts of animality, race/gender/sexuality, coloniality, and postcolonialism. The exhibition will be held at the Niagara Arts Centre (NAC) as part of the EUC Eco-Arts Media festival; and a public conversation and discussion will bridge a dialogue between scholars and activists working across animal rights, environmental justice and anti-racism.
Jennifer Korosi received an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award for FSc student Randelle Adano who will take a lead role in the analysis of benthic macroinvertebrates as paleoecological indicators of long-term changes in trophic status in Lake Nipigon. She will also assist with the preparation of sediment for radioisotopic dating as well as co-write materials to communicate preliminary findings to the Rocky Bay First Nation.
Calvin Lakhan has been elected to the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) Board of Governors. SGP is the leading authority in sustainable printing certifications that sets standards, advocates best practices and promotes innovation toward a more accountable and sustainable supply chain. Calvin will work with SGP's community of printing and packaging manufacturers, global brands suppliers, and supporting organizations to drive sustainability and meet the demands of its customers.
Deborah McGregor and Angele Alook (LA&PS) received funding for a new research through VPRI's Catalyzing Interdisciplinary Research Clusters (CIRC) program on Indigenous Climate Leadership and Self-Determined Futures. She is also part of Kate Tilleczek's (Faculty of Health) research cluster on Partnership for Youth & Planetary Well-being. A warm welcome to Nathalie Elizabeth LaCoste Ling who is the new Coordinator for the Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Languages led by McGregor as Inaugural Director.
EUC Research in the Media
Kean Birch wrote an opinion piece in The National Post commenting that Competition is important in the digital sphere and in the debate over competition policy and that the key concern is for Canada's competition policy debate remain inclusive and open to a diverse range of perspectives.
Sheila Colla was cited in a CBC News article on How each of us can help protect biodiversity as the Prairies warm where she emphasized the importance of biodiversity in providing us with ecosystem services like pollination, natural pest control, water purification as well soil nutrient cycling. She was also cited in a Storeys Real Estate News titled Toronto’s Development is a Major Threat to Bumblebees: Report. In a York buzz-worthy new study, findings revealed that areas of the city with the most pavement, roads, and concrete, and the highest density of buildings, had the fewest bumblebee colonies. “It’s increasingly important to design cities in a manner that sustains and enhances biodiversity and ecosystem services,” says Colla.
Sarah Flicker's GoC-NFRF 4therecord project with research co-leads -- Jen Gilbert (FoEd), University of Buffalo (USA), University of Toronto-Scarborough and Monash University (Australia), and Wilfrid Laurier (with PhD graduate Ciann Wilson) are currently recruiting participants for their study on how COVID-19 is changing young women’s and gender diverse people’s ideas about risk, sex, and health in Toronto, Melbourne and New York. The project is looking to connect with racialized and/or LGBT2SQ+ young woman or gender diverse individual aged 16-21 who live in one of the target cities (New York and Melbourne are still recruiting participants). Get started here!
Gail Fraser discussed the growing problem of cormorants in Ontario on CBC Radio One. Her opinion article on Ontario's newly announced fall hunt 'a hate-on for cormorants' has been updated in toronto.com.
Nadha Hassen (ES PhD candidate) delivered a talk at UofT's Centre for Ethics on Critical Perspectives on Race, Place & Health: Anti-Racism in Healthcare as a Case Study (Race, Ethics + Power). The talk discussed findings from a scoping review of anti-racism interventions in healthcare settings and presented key processes, principles, and strategies for consideration when anti-racism interventions are planned and executed at various levels in healthcare.
Jennifer Hyndman discussed in an Excalibur article the effects of the Russia-Ukraine conflict and spoke of Canada’s potential welcoming of Ukrainian refugees. She expressed her view that “the desire to respond and provide the protection is prevailing” and is confident that Canada has the capacity and the means to assist those of all backgrounds.
Eric Miller was cited in a York Region news story article on Hwy. 413 debate: Are electric vehicles the solution to climate change and traffic? He notes that he is not "seeing the government crunching the numbers behind its EV strategy." In his view, the policy on electrification, including that of vehicles, isn’t the magic bullet.
National Indigenous Languages Day was celebrated on March 31. For those who missed the dialogue on the importance of water and language, the video is now posted on the Decolonizing Water Project’s vimeo page.
Roger Keil will be hosting a seminar on Peripheral Centralities: Present and Future in November 2022 as part of a series of seminars funded by the Urban Studies Foundation. Abstracts for paper presentations are being requested from scholars and practitioners in architecture, urban/landscape design, urban geography and urban planning. Abstracts should be about 250 words and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30, 2022.
Lisa Myers participated in The Phillips Collection and University of Maryland's Antiracism: Communities + Collaborations series panel discussion on Indigenous Arts. Antiracism: Communities + Collaborations is UMD’s Center for Literary & Comparative Studies’ initiative that “features scholarship, teaching, and public engagement to reimagine boundaries, model antiracist literary and rhetorical inquiry, and foster collaborative relations across and beyond campus.”
Anders Sandberg, in a Downsview Advocate article on Grassroots Artists, Activists And Scholars Are Bringing The Black Creek To Life With Dance, Artistry, And Education has been named as one of the scholars who have joined the Black Creek Walks, Talks and Dances project -- a set of educational teachings and art walks along the Black Creek in Downsview.
Dayna Scott, in a Tyee article on Environmentalism is for Everyone, noted the importance of equity and fairness in the environmental movement: “It’s fair to say today we’re not interested in environmental protection if it’s divorced from equity or fairness and that is where the environmental justice movement is so important" says Scott.
Las Nubes is holding a Workshop on Indigenous and Afro-descendant Autonomies from Central America and the Caribbean: A Knowledge-Exchange on Emancipation. The workshop brings together a group of people, members of indigenous and Afro-descendant organizations, academics and international civil organizations, to share, exchange and disseminate knowledge about multilevel emancipatory autonomies in Central America. The project provides an innovative forum to share information on local responses and commitments to the thematic report of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the right to self-determination in the Americas, as well as promote its dissemination among participating indigenous and Afro-descendant organizations. The workshop, taking place in Costa Rica on Las Nubes EcoCampus (York University) from April 19 to 23, 2022, provides a timely knowledge exchange and collaboration space for participants to share knowledge about a multitude of topics related to concepts and practices of emancipation and autonomy. The workshop, supported by a series of preparatory and follow-up activities, to be carried out with collaborating organizations promotes an iterative process of knowledge sharing on local responses and perspectives of indigenous and Afro-descendant organizations on international standards, institutions and processes.
Sarah Rotz's Relational Accountability for Indigenous Rematriation (RAIR) project has a new podcast series featuring dialogues that explore Indigenous land rematriation and land sharing within the context of ongoing settler colonialism in Canada. The second episode featured Deborah McGregor who talked about treaties, Indigenous governance and land relations. The first episode addressed land, colonialism and patriarchy with Sherry Pictou and Martha Stiegman. Rotz was also cited in a CTV news article titled Could vertical farming solve Canada's food supply chain issues? Vertical farming is the practice of growing crops in stacked, upright layers and using online technology to control and monitor the growing cycles. She expressed fears that the cost of entry could lead to a monopolization of the global food supply.
Luisa Sotomayor was cited in a CBC News article titled "Ford government left key strategies out of housing legislation, critics say" commenting that the recommendations made in the legislation are not helpful for people trying to buy a home and that new measures are friendly towards developers. She also discussed Ontario's housing affordability plan in an AM 900 Hamilton News Talk Leader (CHML) and emphasized that government should focus on strategies that will encourage non-profit housing developments.
Martha Stiegman is part of Talking Treaties Collective, a multidisciplinary group of Indigenous and settler artists/researchers whose projects artfully share Indigenous history and awareness of the place now called Toronto. Projects include Dish Dances, By These Presents: "Purchasing" Toronto film/video production, and A Treaty Guide for Torontonians to be launched at the 2022 Toronto Biennial of Art.
Ellie Perkins is a lead author of Chapter 5 in the new Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) report, which tackles the social aspects of mitigation. The IPCC is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. The chapter, "Demand, Services, and Social Aspects of Mitigation", examines the conclusions of nearly 100,000 peer-reviewed articles across a range of social science disciplines, including psychology, women’s studies, economics, urban studies and history. Perkins was cited in The Globe and Mail and interviewed in CBC Radio One and CTV News Channel. “Social equity reinforces capacity and motivation to tackle climate change. Explicit attention to equity is essential if we want policies that take on climate change to be effective and socially acceptable. Social equity in turn reinforces capacity to reduce emissions,” says Perkins. "Government, business, finance, consumers, technical and cultural change are all part of the huge effort that’s urgently required to realize these reductions,” she adds.
Justin Podur’s Anti-Empire Project recently produced several podcasts on a range of topics from US environmental and political crisis, US war on Syria, Pakistan's coup to France's scramble for Africa. He was also interviewed by the Cadre Journal about the history of US in DR Congo and Rwanda.
Joshua Thienpont has a new podcast on The Invasion of the Exotic Aliens. Adam Jeziorski and Josh Thienpont wade through the wide variety of topics covered by the interdisciplinary field of paleolimnology. Whether you are already an expert at collecting sediment cores and microscope identifications, or you simply have an interest in environmental issues such as acid rain, eutrophication, and climate change, the podcasts will help make the natural records that surround us as clear as mud. Follow their Core Ideas - A Palelimneology Podcast on Soundcloud. In Fulcrum, Thienpont also discussed their 2017 study on the impact of habitat flooding on the Canadian wood bison. He stressed that the impact of flooding is not just felt by this one herd or in this one conservation area; rather, the entire landscape is getting wetter such that the bison will face similar difficulties beyond their current habitat. Accordingly, the impact is also being felt by humans, specifically Deh Gáh Got’ı̨ę First Nations, who use the land for hunting activities.
Mark Winfield was cited in The Energy Mix Climate News Network article on Weak Ontario Hydrogen Strategy Mirrors Industry Wish List. He notes that a new provincial report on Ontario’s Low Carbon Hydrogen Strategy is overly optimistic about hydrogen’s potential for decarbonizing the economy. He was interviewed by EnergiMedia about the Canadian government's new emissions reduction plan, released March 29 where he notes that Trudeau's emissions reduction plan lacks power. He was also interviewed by CBC on the federal government's new climate plan with spending commitments and emissions project targets for 2030, noting that there are interesting elements, but some ambiguity in the plan.
Publications and Reports
Basu, R. (2022). The Anti-Imperialist Geopolitical Suburb? Caimanera as Guantánamo’s Revolutionary Frontier, Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography Vol. 54 No. 3, pp. 681–707.
Bekirsky, N., Hoicka, C.E., Brisbois, M.C., Ramirez Camargo, L. (2022). Many actors amongst multiple renewables: A systematic review of actor involvement in complementarity of renewable energy sources, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 161, June, 112368.
Chan, M., Schonert-Reichl, K.A., and Binfet, J.T. (2022). Human–Animal Interactions and the Promotion of Social and Emotional Competencies: A Scoping Review, Anthrozoös, March.
Conflitti, I.M., Imrit, M.A., Morrison, B., Sharma, S., Colla, S.R., Zayed, A. (2022). Bees in the six: Determinants of bumblebee habitat quality in urban landscapes, Ecology and Evolution, March.
Damian, M., Harris, A., Aussage, J., and Fraser, G. (2022). Seasonal deposition of marine debris on an important marine turtle nesting beach in Costa Rica, Marine Pollution Bulletin, Volume 177.
Das, R. (2022). Review – Routledge Handbook of Marxism and Post-Marxism. E-International Relations, January.
Fraser, G. et al. (2022). Estimating the numbers of aquatic birds affected by oil spills: Pre-planning, response, and post incident considerations, Environmental Reviews, February.
Gruia, S.A., Thienpont, J.R., Coleman, K.A., and Korosi, J.B. (2022). Climatic Drivers of Limnological Change in Iqallukvic Lake, Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Canada, Arctic Science, March.
Keil, R., Biglieri, S., and De Vidovich, L. (2022). A heuristic device, not an actual map… revisiting the urban periphery, Cities and Health, March.
Kendrick, C.T., McEntee, K., and Flicker, S. (2022). Screening Stories: Methodological Considerations for Facilitating Critical Audience Engagement in Facilitating Community Research for Social Change, Routledge, 240-257.
Loft, A., Freeman, V., Stiegman, M., and Carter, C. (2022). A Treaty Guide for Torontonians, Jumblies Press and Toronto Biennial of Art, May.
Reed, G., Brunet, N., McGregor, D., Scurr, S., Sadik, T., Lavigne, J., and Longboat, S. (2022). Toward Indigenous visions of nature-based solutions: an exploration into Canadian federal climate policy, Climate Policy, Volume 22, Issue 4.
Rotz, S. (2022). Food as Relations: Reflecting on our Roots, (Re)visioning our Relationships. In Food Studies: Matter, Meaning & Movement, Pressbooks.
Duncan, E., Rotz, S., Magnan, A., and Bronson, K. (2022). Disciplining land through data: The role of agricultural technologies in farmland assetisation, Sociologica Ruralis, February.
Sotomayor, L., Montero, S., and Angel-Cabo, N. (2022). Mobilizing legal expertise in and against cities: urban planning amidst increased legal action in Bogotá, Urban Geography, April.
Stiegman, S. (2022). Seizing this COVID moment: What can Food Justice learn from Disability Justice, Canadian Food Justice, Vol. 9No. 1, pp. 266–280, April.
Terry, M. (2022). Speaking Youth to Power: Influencing Climate Policy at the United Nations, Palgrave Macmillan. Summer.
Terry, M. and Hewson M. (Co-eds, 2022). Mapping the Environmental Humanities: The Emerging Role of GIS in Ecocriticism, Rowman & Littlefield.
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