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Canada Research Chair in Urban Change and Social Inclusion, University of Waterloo

My research examines the relationships between gentrification, neighbourhood change and mobility. I use a variety of methods including photography to better understand the challenges and complexities of contemporary cities, how they change and how people experience them.

Originally from Toronto, I lived in the Netherlands between 2004 - 2017, where I obtained my MSc and PhD from Utrecht University.

I am currently researching gentrification and displacement along Waterloo Region's new Light Rail Transit line, as well as the role Toronto is playing in shaping gentrification and neighbourhood change in Hamilton.

I am the co-author of the forthcoming book 'Streetcars and the Shifting Geography of Toronto: a visual analysis of change' (2022, University of Toronto Press) and the co-editor of the four-volume series 'Global Reflections on COVID-19 and Urban Inequalities' (2021, Bristol University Press.

Since 2017, I have been an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo.

Experience

  • 2017–present
    Canada Research Chair, University of Waterloo
  • 2015–2017
    Senior lecturer, Erasmus University College
  • 2010–2015
    Lecturer, Utrecht University

Education

  • 2010 
    Utrecht University, PhD
  • 2006 
    Utrecht University, MSc
  • 2003 
    University of Toronto, BA

Grants and Contracts

  • 2020
    Documenting and Experiencing Gentrification: transit, displacement and the lived experiences of gentrification in Kitchener-Waterloo
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2020
    Overspill gentrification: neighbourhood change in Hamilton, and the impact from Toronto
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2019
    Residential Property Values and Active Transportation Infrastructure
    Role:
    Co-PI
    Funding Source:
    Cities of Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Region of Waterloo
  • 2019
    Boggs Urban Reader: bringing the ‘urban’ into visionary activist research
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada