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We are recruiting MA students for FALL 2020!!

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.

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