Micah is an urban geographer working at the intersection of governance, mobile forms of networked policy and expertise, and queer geographies across the global North and South. His work contributes to evolving understandings of urbanisation across urban studies, STS, queer theory, and urban political ecology. His current work examines the contested development of urban space in Vancouver’s West End as well as the development of resilience policy. Micah’s interests in critical urban theory and geography is inspired by and grounded in his work as the lead seismic policy planer for the City of Vancouver. Prior to this, and to UBC, Micah worked as an urban planner and deputy resilience officer for the City and County of San Francisco and has received masters degrees in both urban planning and photography in the Bay Area. His research has focused on urban resilience policy implementation in Durban, South Africa, Huangshi, China, and Los Angeles, California. His photographic practice is similarly driven by his interests in global urbanisms and is focused on capturing urban typological forms and the urban experience.
Entry Date: 2019
Expected Graduation Date: 2023
Research Interests: Queer theory, urban resilience, urban planning, disaster risk reduction planning, and urban experience
Supervisors: Mohammed Rafi Arefin; Elvin Wyly
Degrees: BA, Political Science, Loyola University in Maryland; MFA, Photography (urban focus), San Francisco Art Institute; MUP, San Jose State University
Queer theory, urban resilience, urban planning, disaster risk reduction planning, and urban experience