SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2017)
Christopher little is an anthropologist with research interests in cities, education, gender, and youth and children. His long-term ethnographic research has been conducted in the Pacific Island state of Papua New Guinea (PNG). His dissertation research was a study of young, uneducated men attempting to make their lives in urban PNG through activities such as crime, sports, and informal street selling. PNG remains one of the least urbanized countries in the world, yet cities have taken on a great importance to many, and as a result, urban areas are rapidly expanding. Presently, he is a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at York, supervised by Dr. Shubhra Gururani. His project considers the growing importance of the capital of PNG, Port Moresby, and the conflicts over access to the city and urban public space.
Dr. Nalini Mohabir
Nalini Mohabir is a gender and migration scholar. Her current research is concerned with gender equality and gaps in Guyana and in Trinidad. She has a PhD in Geography from the University of Leeds, and her doctoral research focused on return migration from the Caribbean back to India. Nalini is a post-doctoral fellow from January to December 2014. She is working on the “Gendered Subjectivities and Gendered Urban Forms: Urban Feminist Geographies of the Anglo-Caribbean” with Professor Linda Peake.
Frederick’s research pursues the political economy and political ecology of urban infrastructure building and maintenance in the 21st century. He holds PhD in Political Science from York University, having successfully defended the thesis “Schmutz in the Baltic: Urban Water Infrastructure, Global Finance, Environmental Outcomes in Post Communist Europe”. He has also turned his attentions from the EU and public-private partnerships to Canadian examples and has become more focused on campaigns around urban politics in Toronto to look at multinational business investment and municipal politics.
Dr. Will Poppe
Will has a PhD in Geography from the University at Buffalo (SUNY). His areas of interest encompass urban, social and cultural geography. His research at the CITY Institute focuses on governance in the context of the Tower Renewal project in Toronto. Will is interested in resident needs assessment, resident participation in the planning process and outcome measurements. Another area of interest for Will is the settlement process of refugees in North America, in particular access to affordable housing and home-ownership. Will is also a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University.
Dr. Roza Tchoukaleyska
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow
Roza’s postdoctoral research considers the function and socio-cultural meaning of public spaces in suburban high-rise developments in France and Canada, with a particular interest in the impact of high-rise refurbishment programs on community spaces and community cohesion. For her PhD in Geography (University of Sheffield) examined the impact of municipally-led gentrification on multicultural neighbourhoods in southern France.