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The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change brings together geographers, physical scientists, social scientists, humanities researchers and artists whose innovative research seeks to advance sustainability and social justice. Using field-based science, policy analysis, critical social theory, planning skills, geomatics, and cultural and arts-based approaches, our researchers drive action to address the world’s environmental and urban challenges.

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By the Numbers


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Research Spotlights

Assessing the Holocene paleoenvironmental history of Lake Scugog

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Understanding the historical, cultural, and political relevance of Indigenous Treaty Rights

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Quantifying boreal fire boundary gradients

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EUC Research Update

EUC Research Update

Welcome to the September 2022 edition of the EUC Research Update - bringing you highlights from research activities at York's Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change.


Research Accolades

Sarah Rotz is the recipient of the 2022 Julian M. Szeicz Award for Early Career Achievement. The award is presented annually by the Canadian Association of Geographers in recognition of research achievement and career potential by a Canadian geographer at an early career stage.

Sarah's work is grounded in environmental justice applied to land and food systems. Much of her research aims to situate political economic processes -- such as agri-food industrialization, financialization and policy - within the lens of settler colonial patriarchy and racial capitalism. She also draws from anti-colonial, feminist and community-based methodologies to engage in accountable and reciprocal research practices for more just and sustainable land and food futures.


Nadha Hassen, PhD candidate in Environmental Studies and Vanier Scholar, has been awarded Susan Mann Dissertation Scholarship for her research on Parks Prescriptions and Perceptions: Experiences of Racialized People with Mood Disorders in Green Spaces.

The scholarship is awarded to outstanding doctoral students in their final year of doctoral study to concentrate exclusively on and complete their dissertations. Nadha’s research is situated at the intersections of health equity, social determinants of health, environmental justice and community development - with a focus on understanding the lived experiences of people who face social barriers to health and well-being.


Carli Melo

Carli Melo, PhD student in Geography, has been awarded a SSHRC CGS Doctoral award for her research on Internal migrants in Myanmar's manufacturing sector: Examining exploitative labour practices and social reproduction in global production networks.

The program supports high-quality research training experience to doctoral students at Canadian institutions and strives to foster impacts within and beyond the research environment. Carli’s research emerges from years of working with the Mekong Migration Network – a network of over 40 civil society organizations from across mainland Southeast Asia working to promote and protect the rights of migrant workers and their families.


EUC Research & the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

EUC Research for Sustainable Development

The UN SDGs provide a framework for urgent action in seventeen areas that are critical to ensure peace and prosperity for people and the planet. York University has embedded a commitment to the SDGs into its academic planning, and EUC it at the forefront of research on many of the SDGs.