Representatives

Representatives for Canadian Women and Geography, 2016-2017

Dr. Ebru Ustundag, Chair of CWAG

Email: eustundag@brocku.ca
Internet: https://brocku.ca/social-sciences/departments-and-centres/geography/faculty/ebru-ustundag

Ebru Ustundag is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director of Geography Department at Brock University. At Brock, Ebru is also affiliated with the interdisciplinary MA program Social Justice and Equity Studies. Her research areas are intersections of citizenship studies, feminist geographies and scholarly activism. She is also a proud member of Niagara Sex Work Alliance and Graphic Justice Network.

 


Laura Shillington, CWAG Vice-Chair & Secretary

Email: laura.shillington@johnabbott.qc.ca
Internet: https://lshillington.org/

Laura Shillington is Faculty in the Department of Geosciences and the Department of Social Science Methods at John Abbott College in Montréal. Her research centres broadly on urban social-natural relations. At present, her research projects include the urban political ecologies of nature and children; and gender, environmental justice, and the political ecologies of emotions.


Laurence Simard-Gagnon, Co-Communications Coordinator

Email: 12gls@queensu.ca

Laurence is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at Queen's University. Initially trained as a community worker, she continues her involvement in community groups and collectives in Québec City organizing on issues of social justice and violence against women. Her research interests involve women’s daily lived experiences and practices, mothering/motherwork, intersectionality and differences, care, cultural work and cultural continuity. She completed her Master’s at Laval University studying practices of berry picking and use of Inuit women in Inukjuak, Nunavik. Her PhD work looks at daily experiences of mothering and the linguistic minority of francophone mothers in Kingston, ON.




Dr. Audrey Kobayashi, CWAG Treasurer

Email: kobayasi@queensu.ca
Internet: http://www.queensu.ca/geographyandplanning/people/faculty/audrey-kobayashi

A native of British Columbia, Dr. Kobayashi completed a B.A. (1976) and M.A. (1978) at the University of British Columbia, and a PhD (1983) at UCLA. Audrey taught in Geography and East Asian Studies at McGill University from 1983 to 1994, when she came to Queen’s, initially as Director of the Institute of Women’s Studies (1994 to 1999) and thereafter as Professor of Geography. Dr. Kobayashi spent time as a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia, University College London and, most recently, Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand. In 1994, she was a Fulbright Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, DC. Other positions include President of the Canadian Association of Geographers (1999-2001), and Editor, People Place and Region, Annals of the Association of American Geographer


Adrienne Johnson, Co-Communications Coordinator

Email: adriennj@yorku.ca
Internet: http://cerlac.info.yorku.ca/staff/adrienne-johnson/

Adrienne is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Scholar at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. She holds a doctorate in Geography from Clark University. Broadly, her research analyzes the politics of industry-led environmental governance mechanisms in (agro)extractive resource sectors in both the global south and north. Her dissertation entitled, Participatory Governance, Plant Disease, and (Post-)Neoliberalism, examined the uneven governing effects of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in Ecuador and how palm oil production is structured by industry interests in addition to national politics, protest, and ecological realities. Adrienne will join the University of San Francisco’s Environmental Studies Program as Assistant Professor in Fall 2017.


Juliane Collard, CWAG Student Representative

Juliane is a PhD candidate in the geography department at the University of British Columbia.  Originally from Vancouver Island, Juliane did her undergrad work at the University of Victoria before heading to Vancouver for her MA. Her dissertation project explores how life is understood, governed, and manipulated in the assisted reproduction process. With a particular focus on the material and discursive life cycle of the ‘abnormal’ embryo, Juliane asks how concepts of abnormality – inseparable from normative and intersecting concepts of race, gender, and health – are negotiated, materialized, and put to work in reproductive medicine.

Nicole Van Lier, CWAG Student Representative

Email: nickie.vanlier@mail.utoronto.ca

Nicole Van Lier is a doctoral student in Human Geography at the University of Toronto. Her work applies theories of political ecology, feminist political economy, postcolonial studies, and state-formation to critically explore access to land and resources as sites of ongoing anti-capitalist, anti-colonial, and anti-racist struggle within contested nation-building projects. Her dissertation will focus on the state-sanctioned residential water shutoffs in Detroit. She holds an MA in Social Justice Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her Masters thesis explored the regulation of political dissent in opposition to the Line 9 oil pipeline in Ontario, mediated through symbolic and material exchanges between media representation, neoliberal environmental governance, and private property.




Past CWAG Chair, 2014-2016

Dr. Sara Koopman

Email: skoopman@yorku.ca 
Internet: http://people.laps.yorku.ca/people.nsf/researcherprofile?readform&shortname=skoopman

At the time of her Chairship, Sara Koopman was an Assistant Professor of Geography at York University. She is a long time international solidarity activist and does collaborative thinking with those movements. Her focus is on colonial patterns in solidarity organizing, and how activists with privilege can and do work to change them. Her recent work is on international protective accompaniment in Colombia as an example of altergeopolitics. Her current research looks at how stories travel out of war zones and how they are used to build solidarity and peace. She blogs at decolonizingsolidarity.blogspot.com.


Past CWAG Chair, 2012-2014

Dr. Julie Christensen

Past Chair of CWAG, Trudeau Scholar and SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia
Email: julia.christensen@geog.ubc.ca
Web: http://www.juliachristensen.ca

Julia is a newly-minted PhD in Geography, having successfully defended her dissertation at McGill in November 2011. Since then, she has been a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Geography at the University of British Columbia, though she spends much of her time in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, her hometown and also the site of much of her research. In Yellowknife, she is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research.

In general, Julia's interests lie in critical northern geographies. For her PhD and postdoctoral work, she focused on northern Indigenous experiences of home and homelessness. She has also been working with Indigenous women in Yellowknife to develop new ways of understanding agency in northern women’s homelessness using storytelling and creative writing as research methods and modes of research dissemination.