Sophie L. Van Neste
Visiting from Institut national de la recherche scientifique from October 1, 2023- June 20, 2024
I am an associate professor in urban studies at INRS (Tiohtià:ke/Montreal), holder of a Canada research chair in urban climate action, in sabbatical at UBC Geography Department from October 2023 to June 2024.I have two strands of research in urban environmental politics. One is on social movements and citizen initiatives, from an urban studies and infrastructural perspective. I have recently published on urban mobilizations against pipelines. My second strand of activity is participatory action research for justice in climate adaptation.
During my sabbatical year I have two projects. First, I wish to build new relations and comparative insights on the themes of just climate adaptation in the city and the home, especially in relation to extreme heat.
My second project is on social movements for climate justice. With a SSHRC funded project with my colleague Pascale Dufour in pol.science we compare Quebec, BC and two regions in France in the relations that activists build to mobilize for climate justice in labour, student and place-based movements (considering the distinct configurations of a structural productivist-ecologist cleavage).