Pursuing a MA degree
Research Areas: Urban political ecology; climate justice; housing justice; disaster studies; community-based research.
Supervisors: Mohammed Rafi Arefin (Geography) and Leila Harris (IRES)
Degrees: B.A. Individualized Study, New York University 2019
Entry Date: September 2021
Expected Graduation Date: August 2023
Research Statement: My research looks at the relationship between housing justice and climate justice, particularly focusing on the impact of climate change-induced extreme weather on vulnerable tenants in Vancouver, British Columbia. This research is part of a wider community partnership and project with the Centre for Climate Justice (CCJ) and with the Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre (TRAC). Drawing on urban political ecology, climate justice, housing justice, and critical disaster studies, my work looks at how vulnerable tenants experienced the 2021 heat dome, how they conceptualize their climate vulnerability in the wake of this event, and how this data can contribute to more effective and informed advocacy efforts in both housing and climate advocacy work. I am also interested in the role of memory politics, storytelling, oral histories, and arts-based methodologies in articulating experiences of climate and housing justice and injustice.