I am currently a doctoral candidate in Geography at the University of British Columbia. My work focuses on decolonial urbanism and international development. I explore issues of infrastructural development, social mobilization and race and gender relations through the analytic of feminist theory, urban political economy, and post/de-coloniality. My research is conducted under the excellent guidance of Jamie Peck, Juanita Sundberg, and Jim Glassman. I am also indebted to the MANY amazing friends and colleagues with whom I’m so lucky to share ideas on a regular basis, both at UBC and increasingly around the world.
Most recently, my dissertation research has taken me to Brazil, where I am investigating the Brazilian federal government’s Growth Acceleration Program (PAC) and its projects in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Most of my time has been spent living in Complexo do Alemao, a ‘favela’ in the North Zone of Rio.
I have a Master’s degree in Kinesiology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where I investigated 2010 World Cup-related dispossessions in South Africa. With the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the upcoming 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, I continue to be interested in issues of mega-event development and displacement.
On a more personal note, I’m from Toronto, Ontario, and I miss The Big Smoke, although living in Vancouver certainly has its perks. I have a giant dog named Marley with whom I love to jog. When I’m not doing things academic, I’m probably enjoying food, fiction and/or sport.