I study the politics of intimate environments including the production of place or thinking about how state programs and policies influence the everyday and the vernacular, how communities can talk back to that through use, narratives and social reproduction alongside organizing, and then asking what are the methods that we can use to better understand these relationships.
I examine these broad questions through a few main lens: citizenship, immigration and incorporation in place, and environmental justice and urban health.
A self-declared methodological polyglot, I combine quantitative and qualitative spatial analysis with participant observation, visual (and sensory) studies, archival research, and participatory methods.
All of my work is strongly informed by both feminist and critical perspectives, and so praxis – bringing together ideas, and action – and a focus on using methods and technology to promote increased social justice are also important links between all of my research.
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What does abolition mean & need today?
What do urban planners know about the relationships between planning, policing and prisons?
How can planning support abolition presents and futures?
Planning Beyond Mass Incarceration (2020) JPER
What does climate change look like in our everyday lives and what happens when we share what we see?
#OurChangingClimate (2019) GeoHumanities
What does it mean to be and become a citizen for young adults and international migrants in the Parkland Region of Manitoba, hosted in Treaty 2 and Treaty 4 territories.
What motivates local governments to act around immigration?
Understanding Local Government’s Engagement in Immigrant Policy Making in the US (2019) Sanctuary Cities and Urban Struggles
Determinants of County Migrant Regularization Policymaking in the United States: Understanding Temporal and Spatial Realities (2019) E+PA
Multiscalar Motivations for Immigration Politics and Policymaking in US Cities (2022) Cities
What are the environmental justice impacts of drought combined with urban mitigation and adaption policy?
What are the tools we need to turn data into information that youth can use for action?
Using Geographic Information Systems to Compare the Density of Stores Selling Tobacco and Alcohol (2010) Tobacco Control
How do neighbourhood and national contexts interact to produce places of incorporation for international immigrant residents in Canada the US and Denmark?
New Migrant Cities [An Atlas of Sorts] (2014)
Negotiating Places of Incorporation (2015) Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Spatial Patterns of International Migrant Resident Settlement and Incorporation in Winnipeg Manitoba (2017) Population, Space and Place