I am a decolonial and global urbanist. My research is focused on how diverse urban communities are marginalized by economic development and social reproductive initiatives, and how people and markets are transformed through grass-roots space-making practices. I draw together work in feminist geographies, critical race theory, political economy, urban political ecology, and postcolonial/decolonial theory to help understand these processes.
My current focus is on the social and economic dynamics of urban infrastructural development. I ask questions such as: How do low-income, racialized communities grapple with state-led upgrading efforts in Brazilian favelas? How does FIFA negotiate with local authorities over the locations of World Cup stadiums? How do communities build their own "public" infrastructure (such as park areas) in the shadow of state-led projects? And how does non-valued work - such as breastfeeding - become distributed through urban infrastructures of infant feeding? I pursue questions such as these in North America, South America, and Africa.
This research examines how development initiatives rely on diverse forms of experimentation, from climate resilience projects in cities to randomized control trials at the World Bank. Our focus is on how these forms of experimentation re-work the subjects and objects of development with an eye to ongoing histories of colonial violence.
This work focuses on how low-income communities in the Global South are being "integrated" through infrastructural projects meant to securitize the city for urban capital accumulation strategies. I focus on colonial and racialized violence that shape these projects, as well as how residents contest these projects and re-produce their communities. As climate change brings infrastructural breakdown to the fore, I have begun drawing on the growing body of urban political ecology literature to understand the nature-culture hybridities of upgrading efforts.
My new SSHRC-funded project asks how new economies and infrastructures of human milk exchange are taking shape throughout the globe. Drawing on feminist and decolonial geographies I theorize how countries in both the Global North and Global South have developed donor milk banking networks as a form of "anti-colonial" social reproduction; and how diverse non-profit and for-profit markets are being contested in online and urban settings.
This project investigates geographical connections between reproductive policy and milk demand in China, Canada's dairy industry, local Kingston labour markets, and, potentially, prison farms. Other collaborations with this project are at the early stages of planning.
Prouse, C. (2019) Subversive formalization: Efforts to (re)form land, labor, and behavior in a carioca favela. Urban Geography. DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2019.1631108
Prouse, C. (2018) Autoconstruction 2.0: Social media contestations of racialized violence in Complexo do Alemão. Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography. 50(3): 621-640.
Webber, S. & Prouse, C. (2018) The new ‘gold standard': The rise of randomized control trials and experimental development. Economic Geography. 94(2): 166-187.
Prouse, C. (2019). Of mosquitoes and mega events: Urban political ecologies of the more-than-human city. In S Darnell & R Millington (Eds.) Sport, Development and Environmental Sustainability. Routledge.
Melgaço, L. & Prouse, C. (Eds.) (2017). Milton Santos: A Pioneer in Critical Geography from the Global South. London: Springer.
I am seeking an MA and a PhD student (starting Fall 2020) working in areas of global/decolonial urbanism, social reproduction, and critical race feminist geographies. Candidates may have a general research project in mind or may work more directly in the area of my current SSHRC-funded projects.
Students with research interests in urban political ecology, infrastructure, sport mega events, and slum-upgrading are also encouraged to contact me. Please click here for more details and funding opportunities. [insert link to current job ad]
I dedicate tremendous time, energy, and care to teaching. I approach the world as a pedagogue, reflecting on how current issues, events, and even the fiction I'm reading can help students better understand the processes that shape our geographies.
My pedagogy is shaped by feminist and decolonial commitments. I pay close attention to how knowledge is created and who is recognized for creating it. My syllabi centre scholars, activists, and media that are often marginalized in disciplinary thought. I also invite guests to communicate material that I cannot teach with an authoritative voice - such as Indigenous or black experiences and epistemologies.
I received the Department of Geography and Planning's Julian Szeicz Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2018/2019.
I'm currently teaching two courses, one at the undergraduate level and a graduate seminar.
GPHY 101: Introduction to Human Geography is the main introductory human geography survey course in the Department of Geography and Planning. Coupled with GPHY 102 (Introduction to Physical Geography) it provides the foundation for the degree program in the department. GPHY 101 engages themes of colonialism, migration, urbanism, nature, and the new international division of labour. The lectures are dynamic and participatory, and tutorial activities are oriented towards experiential and practice-based learning.
Contact hours: 2L, 1.5Tut per week
Queen's GPHY 874: Seminar in Cultural Geography (Special topic: Postcolonial and Decolonial Urbanism): This special topics graduate seminar is inspired by the recent ‘southern' turn in urban theory, seeking to de-centre models of the city derived from very particular - and privileged - experiences in the Euro-Atlantic world. The syllabus includes readings in contemporary postcolonial, decolonial, feminist, queer, and critical race theory. We examine and discuss these with an eye to understanding what each contributes to urban processes across the North and South.
Contact hours: 3 seminar hours