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PhD Candidate, McGill University

Nicolas is a cultural geographer and Junior Research Fellow at the Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa. He is currently pursuing his PhD at the Department of Geography, McGill University.

His research interests centre around the cultural dimension of forced displacement, the politics of migration within social fields, and the various forms of dispossession resulting from armed conflict.

His current project uses ethnographic approaches to connect with and understand the spatial and temporal interlinkages between memories of displacement, present day placemaking, and sense of futurity of refugees in Rwanda.

Outside his doctoral project, Nicolas investigates everyday practices of mutual aid amongst refugees, drawing on extensive fieldwork in Turkey, Peru, Canada, and beyond.


  • 2019–present
    PhD Candidate, McGill University
  • 2021–present
    Junior Research Fellow, Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • 2018–2019
    Associate Researcher, Centro de Investigación de la Universidad del Pacífico


  • 2016 
    University of Leicester, MSc, Risk, Crisis, and Disaster Management (Distinction)
  • 2012 
    University of Ottawa, BEd
  • 2011 
    University of Ottawa, BA, Geography (minor Sociology)


CGS to Honour Nelson Mandela, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council