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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 projects  in 2020


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Research Spotlights

Clear as Mud: Tracking Arctic Permafrost Thaw Using Lake Sediments

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Everyday Life in the Pandemic City

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Mino-Mnaamodzawin: Achieving Indigenous environmental justice

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EUC Research Update

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EUC Research Update

Welcome to the September 2021 edition of the EUC Research Update - bringing you highlights from research activities at York's Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change.


Research Accolades

Maureen Owino, PhD Candidate in Environmental Studies, has been awarded the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

The Vanier is the most prestigious doctoral award granted by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Owino won the award for her research titled "When HIV and COVID-19 Pandemics Collide in Black Communities in Canada"


Professor Linda Peake, EUC Professor and Director of York’s City Institute, was the 2020 winner of the Canadian Association of Geographers Award for Scholarly Distinction.

Peake's nominators praised her theoretical work on the intersection of race and gender, which has been influential in human geography and beyond, and her contributions to urban theory, which has developed thinking about the spatiality of inequality, poverty, racism, violence and subject formation.


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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.