Department of Geography

Memorial University of Newfoundland

St. John's, NL

A1B 3X9

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Learning in the ACE Space doesn't simply happen through university courses — though that is one way. We also invite speakers to share their expertise and facilitate discussions on timely readings.

Our students are becoming more engaged with local urban issues in St. John's and Cornerbrook, and we even hosted our first conference on small and adaptive cities in 2017.

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Speaker Series

Memorial University's Geography department has a top-tier faculty, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of other academics making valuable contributions to the field. We regularly bring in speakers from other universities to discuss their research, giving students access to new perspectives and learning opportunities. If there's a particular speaker you'd like us to consider, let us know.

Dr. Daniel Hiebert - September 28, 2018 @ 3pm in room 2025 (MUN Science Bldg.)

Daniel Hiebert is a Professor of Geography at The University of British Columbia and conducts research on migration and its impact on cities. At the broadest scale, this includes an interest on how migration policy is formed and how it is regulated by nation states. This aspect of his work includes comparative policy analysis between Canada and other countries and an effort to understand Canadian immigration policy within the wider global context. He recently completed a year as Guest Professor in Memory of Willy Brandt, at Malmö University, in Sweden. Within Canada he is interested in the local consequences of immigration, with special reference to his home city of Vancouver. This work emphasizes the rapid socio-cultural diversification of urban populations in Canada and considers what this implies for the nature of Canadian society, and labour and housing markets. In conjunction with these research projects, Professor Hiebert plays an active role in the Canadian policy process. He is a member of the Deputy Minister’s Advisory Council (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada), works closely with the part of the British Columbia government that constructs immigration policy, and is a member of the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Working Group on Immigration.

Dr. Meg Holden - November 14, 2018 @12pm in room 2025 (MUN Science Bldg.)

Meg is an associate professor in Geography and Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University. Her research and professional work examines how cities and urbanites change in relation to demands, plans, actions, and new concepts related to sustainable development and community wellbeing. Meg is a research associate of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing and the Korean Community Wellbeing Institute. She also serves on the editorial board of Applied Research in Quality of Life and the Springer book series on community wellbeing and quality of life.



With Us

The ACE Space has expanded its course offerings for the 2018/2019 academic year to provide even more compelling options for students and to ensure they have a broad knowledge of the relevant issues in urban geography. Click a poster for more information on a course and to find out why it's relevant for urban geography students.




Urban Research Group

Passionate about urban research? Want to get to know the members of the ACE Space? The Urban Research Group has regular meetings where students can ask questions about their research, share tips they've learned throughout their studies, and discuss interesting developments and topics with likeminded people.

If you want to join the group and get more involved, get in touch with Dr. Nicholas Lynch!



We're always excited when our work can make a positive impact on the local community. This year, our students will work the City of St. John's to explore ways of improving integrated mobility, and with the Galway development to examine the opportunities and challenges of adapting new urbanist principles in Newfoundland.


In 2017, we also hosted a Small and Adaptive Cities conference, bringing together attendees from Canada and Ireland to share research and expand the conversation on these important topics.


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