Department of Geography

Memorial University of Newfoundland

St. John's, NL

A1B 3X9

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Fully Funded Graduate Student Opportunities with the Adaptive Cities & Engagement Space

December 20, 2019


We are recruiting MA students for Fall 2020 at Memorial University Geography for research projects on housing and the built environment in smaller Canadian Northern and Atlantic cities and communities.


All positions offer a basic funding package minimum of $17,500 per year. MA students will complete our 2-year program in Geography and be members of the Adaptive Cities and Engagement Space, a research collective devoted to promoting social justice and inclusivity in small cities: https://www.munacespace.com/people.



Project 1) “New home North: Housing experiences of newcomers in Canadian Northern cities”


Seeking 3 MA students to work on a comparative analysis of three urbanizing centres: Whitehorse, Yukon, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland & Labrador. This research will: 1) compare the housing barriers of newcomers in these locations; 2) examine the impact of international migration on their housing infrastructure and services; 3) consider how barriers can be addressed; and 4) promote social action through a graphic design output meant to engage the Northern public. We use the term 'newcomer' as an umbrella term encompassing different recent arrival experiences, including TFWs and permanent residents admitted as immigrants in the last 10 years. MA students will receive training in qualitative interviews, survey design, and arts-based collaboration and will complete thesis projects on the topics of housing security (affordability, accessibility, and adequacy) and international migration in the North.


These students will be co-supervised by Dr. Julia Christensen (Canada Research Chair in Northern Governance and Public Policy) and Dr. Yolande Pottie-Sherman (Assistant Professor, Memorial University, Department of Geography). Interested candidates should send a CV to Dr. Yolande Pottie-Sherman at ypottiesherm@mun.ca.


Qualifications: Candidates should have a strong interest and/or experience in one or more of the following fields: housing; international migration; urbanization in the North; and Atlantic Canada. We especially encourage candidates interested in developing an intersectional approach to the study of Northern housing, which includes an understanding of housing insecurity within Indigenous communities in addition to other housing insecure groups, including newcomers. Northern and Indigenous students are particularly encouraged to apply, as are students with fluency in Tagalog, Arabic, Mandarin, or Hindi.



Project 2) “Housing experiences of recent newcomers and temporary workers in Atlantic Canada’s coastal communities”


Seeking 2 MA students. For Atlantic Canada, immigration represents an increasingly important counter-trend to out-migration from the region and an avenue to address labour shortages in areas including hydroelectricity, fisheries, shipbuilding, agriculture, and services. In many parts of Atlantic Canada, specific challenges related to unaffordability, governance and coastal community planning, and the impacts of climate change on the built environment contribute to highly constrained housing markets. Within this context, this project compares the housing experiences of recent newcomers and temporary workers in coastal, regional centres in Atlantic Canada.


These students will be co-supervised by Dr. Julia Christensen (Canada Research Chair in Northern Governance and Public Policy) and Dr. Yolande Pottie-Sherman (Assistant Professor, Memorial University, Department of Geography). Interested candidates should send a CV to Dr. Yolande Pottie-Sherman at ypottiesherm@mun.ca.


Qualifications: Candidates should have a strong interest and/or experience in one or more of the following fields: housing; international migration; urbanization in the North; and Atlantic Canada. We especially encourage candidates interested in developing an intersectional approach to the study of Northern housing, which includes an understanding of housing insecurity within Indigenous communities in addition to other housing insecure groups, including newcomers. Northern and Indigenous students are particularly encouraged to apply, as are students with fluency in Tagalog, Arabic, Mandarin, or Hindi.



Project 3) “Planning for Heritage Sustainability in Atlantic Canada’s Coastal Communities”

Seeking 1 MA student to work on a comparative analysis of two coastal Canadian cities: Placentia (NL) and Yarmouth (NS). This research will: 1) compare the contexts of coastal change on community and heritage infrastructure in Yarmouth and Placentia; 2) examine the coastal planning and policy solutions in these two contexts; 3) consider the planning and policy limitations, challenges and best-practices with the aim of forging effective long-term planning strategies that meet the needs of the local communities.


The MA student will receive training in qualitative interviews, survey design, and arts-based collaboration and will complete a thesis project on the topics of heritage planning and sustainable urbanism in Atlantic Canada.


The student will be co-supervised by Dr. Roza Tchoukayleska (Assistant Professor - MUN Grenfell campus) and Dr. Nicholas Lynch (Assistant Professor, Memorial University, Department of Geography). Interested candidates should send a CV to Dr. Nicholas Lynch at nicholas.lynch@mun.ca.


Qualifications: Candidates should have a strong interest and/or experience in one or more of the following fields: heritage studies; urban planning; sustainability; climate change; and Atlantic Canada.

This fall, ACE Space welcomed four new graduate student members: Tolulope Akerele, Kathleen Hackett, Forough Mohammadi, and Navjotpal Kaur, as well as four new undergraduate students: Randi Burke, Melissa Roche, Camellia Penney, and Siyi Zhou.


Big congratulations are in order for our student members. ACE Space alum Nelson Graham successfully completed his thesis, “The experiences of immigrant entrepreneurs in a medium-sized Canadian city,” which was called “strong,” “crucial,” and “valuable” by reviewers. Best wishes for your next steps with the PhD in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Nelson!


ACE Space alum Anika Bursey was accepted into the School of Community and Regional Planning at The University of British Columbia. Current undergraduate students Camellia Penney and Siyi Zhou made the Dean’s List.


2019-2020 ACE Space events ongoing!

In 2019-2020, we are continuing our Adaptive Cities & Engagement Speakers Series.

On October 11th, ACE Space hosted Dr. Margaret Walton-Roberts, a Professor at Wilfred Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She discussed her research, “A tale of three mid-sized cities: The Syrian refugee resettlement and a progressive sense of place” (with co-authors L. Veronis, B. Cullen, and H. Duyen).


Next up in the Series, Dr. Yolande Pottie-Sherman (Assistant Professor, Memorial University) will give a geography “Blue Box” talk titled, “Rust and Reinvention: Immigration and urban change in the American Rust Belt,” from 3-4pm in Science Room 2025.


Professor Nicholas Lynch and Zero Waste (a non-profit organization) held a “The Road to Zero Waste” event at the Fluvarium on Oct. 25th. Professor Lynch will also be holding a circular economy event in 2020!


For undergraduates: Everything starts with “(urban) planning”. We are offering three urban courses in Geography this academic year: Community & Regional Planning & Development (GEOG 3350), Urban Geography (GEOG 3701-Winter), and Regional Development (GEOG 4320). You can find out more about these courses on our Learning page. These classes will present you opportunities to examine the challenges and new development of adapting new urbanist design principles in Newfoundland and across the world.


Get involved with ACE Space:

Are you an undergraduate student at Memorial interested in urban studies? You can be part of our team too! To apply to join us, contact Nicholas Lynch at nicholas.lynch@mun.ca. are you a community member or professional with expertise in urban planning and would like to meet with our research team or be our lecture guest? We’d love to hear from you—please contact Yolande Pottie-Sherman at ypottiesherm@mun.ca. Are you a prospective graduate student? You can find out more about the kinds of thesis projects we’re interested in supervising by clicking on our bios. If you have general questions, or wondering about volunteer opportunities, or any comments about our urban study projects, feel free to leave a message through the website email!


Looking forward to the 2019-2020 year!


Sincerely,

Siyi Zhou

ACE Space Student Coordinator

ACE Space is now a collaborative and cross-campus initiative, and we are growing! We are delighted to welcome two new faculty members to our team, Dr. Julia Christensen (CRC-II, Northern Governance and Public Policy) and Dr. Roza Tchoukaleyska (Environmental Studies, Grenfell).


As we begin a new semester, we also welcome three new graduate students, Kim Crosbie, Rebecca LeDrew, and Sarah-Mae Rahal and two undergraduate honours students, Anika Bursey and Kathryn White. We cannot wait to get all of these brilliant young scholars in one room together! We’ll be having regular team meetings this fall starting on September 6 at noon in SN 2007.


Congratulations are in order.

Tomas Sanguinetti successfully completed his MA degree in 2018. You can read his work and keep up with him via the alumni section of our People page. Nelson Graham was awarded a SSHRC MA Award, a Dr. Alan G. Macpherson Graduate Award, and a student participation fellowship from Concordia’s Centre for Immigration Policy Evaluation. ACE Space research assistant and web designer Paris Marx was accepted into the Graduate program in Geography at McGill University. Undergraduate honours students Anika Bursey and Kathryn White made the Dean's List. Congratulations!


ACE Space has a lot in store this semester.

Don’t miss our 2018 Adaptive Cities & Engagement Speakers Series, which will feature two renowned urban studies scholars:

  1. Dr. Daniel Hiebert is an expert on immigration in Canadian cities and professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia, and will speak on September 28 at 3pm in SN 2025.

  2. Dr. Meg Holden is an expert in urban sustainable development and associate professor of Urban Studies and Geography at Simon Fraser University and will speak in November.


For undergraduates: final projects that matter.

We’re offering two urban courses in Geography this fall: Urban & Regional Planning (GEOG 3350) and Seminar in Advanced Urban Geography (GEOG 4700). You can find out more about these courses on our Learning page. Our St. John’s-campus students will be working directly with the Mayor’s Office and City Council to improve integrated mobility in St. John’s, and with the Galway Development to examine the opportunities and challenges of adapting new urbanist design principles in Newfoundland.


Get involved with ACE Space.

Are you an undergraduate student at Memorial interested in urban issues? You can be part of our team too! To apply to join us, contact Nicholas Lynch at nicholas.lynch@mun.ca. Are you a community member or professional with expertise in urban planning and would like to meet with our research team or speak to our classes? We’d love to hear from you — please contact Yolande Pottie-Sherman at ypottiesherm@mun.ca. Are you a prospective graduate student? You can find out more about the kinds of thesis projects we’re interested in supervising by clicking on our bios or contacting Julia Christensen at jchristensen@mun.ca.


Looking forward to the 2018-2019 year!


Sincerely,

The ACE Space Team