Western University GeographyWestern Social Science

Graduate Opportunities in Environment, Development and Health

Godwin Arku

Godwin Arku

Position: Associate Professor
Email: garku@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85343
Office: SSC 2427
biography

Research Interests

Housing and economic development; Urban development and policy analysis; Regional and local economic development policy and planning;  Third World development issues (esp. Africa)

Current Research

My current research focus is on economic development strategies of cities. In particular, I am interested in how cities are competing within international markets, attracting investment and labour to promote economic growth and enhancing the economic and fiscal health of their communities. I welcome applications from masters students interested in the topic of economic development and specifically those are who are interested in examining Ontario cities. I also welcome students who are interested in examining the impacts of provincial policies on the economic development efforts of cities. Finally I welcome masters students with their own research plan.

Teaching Interests:

People, Places and Landscapes; Urban Development; Urban Economic Development; Urban Geography of the Developing World


Jamie Baxter
- Associate Dean Graduate Affairs (Social Science)

Jamie Baxter

Position: Professor
Email: jamie.baxter@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 81241
Office: SSC 1407
biography

Research Interests

Social construction of risk, community responses to technological hazards, renewable energy policy, noxious facility siting, and methodology

Current Research

I am interested to work with students on projects related to the risk perception and behaviours associated with of technological hazards – particularly in the areas of renewable energy (e.g., wind turbines, waste-to-energy, community energy planning). I currently have funded projects available for Honours thesis, MA and PhD students.  Please visit my personal webpage for details.

Teaching Interests:

Environmental Hazards & Human Health; Qualitative Methods; Research Design, Environment, Economy and Society


Michael Buzzelli

Michael Buzzelli

Position: Associate Professor
Email: mbuzzel@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85329
Office: SSC 2429
biography

Research Interests

Higher education policy, research on teaching and learning, society-space relationships with a focus on housing, health and GIS

Current Research

I am willing to discuss graduate opportunities with prospective students. Please see my web page for further details.

Teaching Interests:

Health Geography, Housing, The Geoweb & Geomedia


Belinda Dodson

Belinda Dodson

Position: Associate Professor
Email: bdodson@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 87319
Office: SSC 2413
biography

Research Interests

Migration, gender, international development, Southern Africa

Current Research

I specialize in international development, with a regional focus on Southern Africa. My current research addresses three main themes, each from a gender perspective: migration-development linkages, xenophobia, and urban food security. I am interested in supervising graduate students on topics related to these themes, preferably in Southern Africa or, for migration, in countries of immigrant destination. Examples of my current graduate students' thesis topics are “Refugee livelihoods in Cape Town” and “Gender, migration and remittances in Botswana”.

Teaching Interests:

Geography of Development; Geography of Migration; Philosophies of Geography


Jason Gilliland
- Director, Urban Development Program
- Cross Appointment with School of Health Studies and the Department of Paediatrics

Jason Gilliland

Position: Professor
Email: jgillila@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 81239
Office: SSC 2431
biography

Research Interests

Urban studies, health geography, children's environments, GIS

Current Research

I am interested in hearing from prospective graduate students (MA, MSc, PhD) or postdoctoral fellows who are interested in research related to urban studies, health geography, children's environments and urban history. Please see my web site and contact me for details.

Teaching Interests:

Land Use and Development Issues; Graduate Seminar in Urban Geography; Advanced Urban Social Geography


Milford Green

Milford Green

Position: Professor
No longer accepting graduate students
Email: mbgreen@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85025
Office: SSC 2415
biography

Research Interests

Foreign direct investment mergers


Carol Hunsberger

Carol Hunsberger

Position: Assistant Professor
Email: chunsber@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85020
Office: SSC 2409
biography

Research Interests

Political ecology, biofuels, East Africa

Current Research

I would be happy to hear from potential MA students who are interested in the political ecology of energy and agriculture. Please visit my website and feel free to contact me directly for further details.

Teaching Interests:


Isaac Luginaah
- Canada Research Chair
- Acting Department Chair

Isaac Luginaah

Position: Professor
Email: iluginaa@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 86944
Office: SSC 2322D
biography

Research Interests

Environment and health, air pollution, GIS and health, HIV/AIDS

Current Research

I am interested in supervising potential students at the MA, MSc and PhD levels on topics relating to health geography, environment and health and also in HIV/AIDS. Interested students are encouraged to contact me to discuss potential projects and options. Please see my web site for details.

Teaching Interests:

Geography of Health and Health Care; Environment and Health; Advanced Studies in Environment, Development & Health


Katrina Moser

Katrina Moser

Position: Associate Professor
Email: kmoser@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 80115
Office: SSC 2407
biography

Research Interests

Paleolimnology, climate change, paleoecology, quaternary environments, water quantity and quality, limnology

Current Research

My research is focused on using records of water quality and quantity preserved in lake sediments to determine past climate change and its impacts. I recently established the Lakes and Reservoirs Systems Research Facility at the University of Western Ontario, which is a state-of-the-art facility for paleolimnological research. Much of my research has focused on northern and alpine areas, but I am presently starting a new project in southern Ontario, which is focused on looking at the impacts of climate and landscape change on lake systems. I am looking for 1-2 graduate students to work on this project.

Teaching Interests:

Paleolimnology and Global Environmental Change; Paleolimnology (Graduate)


Chantelle Richmond
- Cross Appointment with First Nations Studies

Chantelle Richmond

Position: Associate Professor
Email: chantelle.richmond@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85324
Office: SSC 2433
biography

Research Interests

Aboriginal health, social determinants of health, social support, health impacts of environmental change, community-based research, mixed methods

Current Research

I am always interested in hearing from students who would like to pursue graduate studies on social and environmental determinants of Aboriginal health in Canada. I may also be willing to supervise students with more general interests in the geographies of health, and/or the geographies of Aboriginal health. Please contact me directly for further details.

Teaching Interests:

Indigenous Environments; Indigenous Health (Graduate)


Dan Shrubsole

Dan Shrubsole

Position: Professor
Email: dashrubs@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 83126
Office: SSC 1416
biography

Research Interests

Integrated resource management (water)

Current Research

I have a variety of interests related to water and land-related resources, and am willing to discuss graduate opportunities with prospective students. Please see my web page for further details and e-mail me if you want further information.

Teaching Interests:

Research Design and Presentation (Graduate)


Chris Smart
- Undergraduate Chair

Chris Smart

Position: Professor
Email: csmart@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85007
Office: SSC 1402
biography

Research Interests

Hydrology and geomorphology

Current Research

Environmental monitoring requires strategic and adaption if it is to provide useful, affordable data for environmental management. My research focuses on integrating contemporary hydrological monitoring technologies into appropriate spatial and temporal measurement schemes. A particular interest is in the use of inexpensive surrogate monitoring techniques that efficiently highlight particular sites and times of contamination. This work is undertaken in an urban-rural setting as well as on green rood installations. Work is also continuing on the hydrology and geomorphology of maximal glacial conditions. Most of our understanding of glaciers is based on receding or residual ice masses that lack the dynamics of advanced glaciers. Equilibrium mass balance modeling indicates that water erosion is likely to far exceed ice erosion through much of the glacier regime. Glacier ice regulates the effect of water erosion through pressurization of basal water flow and variation in the base level of tributary valleys.

Teaching Interests:


Tony Weis

Tony Weis

Position: Associate Professor
Email: aweis@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 87472
Office: SSC 1403
biography

Research Interests

Globalization & agriculture, political ecology, land reform & social movements, environmental conservation in inequitable landscapes

Current Research

I am happy to discuss graduate opportunities with prospective students. Please consult my web page to get a sense of my research interests.

Teaching Interests:

Society and Nature; Latin America and the Caribbean: Landscapes of Inequality; Conservation & Development (not offered in 2008-2009); Development Geography (Graduate); Agriculture and Rural Development (Gradaute)