Research Assistants

Jamilla Mohamud

Jamilla is an undergraduate student completing a Bachelors in Environmental Studies with an area of focus in Urban and Regional Planning. She is interested in city building through community partnership and understanding the intersecting issues that communities confront as part of the process of urbanization.

Jamilla will be working as a research assistant on the SSHRC PG Grant, "Urbanization, Gender, and the Global South: A transformative knowledge Network (GENURB)" for Fall and Winter 2017/18.

Vanessa Grace Bart-Plange

Vanessa Grace Bart-Plange is a Graduate Assistant at the City Institute at York University. At CITY, Vanessa will be working on the SSHRC Partnership Project, ‘Gender and Urbanisation in the Global South: a Transformative Knowledge Network’ (GenUrb) under the leadership of Professor Linda Peake and Dr. Elsa Koleth for Winter 2018.

Vanessa is a Masters student in the Graduate Program in Development Studies at York University. She previously completed her Honors Bachelors degree at the University of Toronto with a double major in International Relations and Political Science, minor in African Studies. Her research interests include community development, education policy and curriculum reform, African government and politics, and public policy.

Esteban Sabbatasso

Esteban Sabbatasso is a Graduate Assistant for GenUrb for Fall and Winter 2017/18.  He will be helping to create and administer the project website.  Esteban is a Masters student in the department of Politics at York University.  His research interests include postcolonial studies, international development, indigenous studies, new social movements and civil society in the global south.

Esteban has 10 years of experience in communications and project management in the non-profit sector, including community development in villas miseria (shanty towns) in South America.