My research interest lies in the broad areas of social planning, and community development, often drawing inspiration from discussions about spatial justice, intercultural planning, urban/planning history, public policy, and space, inequality & the city. In its most abstract form, my research focuses on the relationship between wealth, ethnicity and place, both in terms of how class and ethnic/racial divides are imprinted in urban space, and how, in turn urban space helps to mitigate and/or reinforce those divides. I’m currently working on a doctoral thesis that broadly examines how suburban residence shapes the experience of being poor and a newcomer to Canada. Building on current debates about the changing geography of poverty and immigration in US and Canadian cities, I explore the unique challenges and opportunities that low-income new Canadians face as they settle in more suburban areas, particularly in regards to accessing services, and community supports. I approach much of my research with an eye toward bridging the gap between academia and the rest of society. In my current studies, I am working to raise awareness about some of the socio-economic changes impacting the city of Surrey (BC), and doing so with the intent of helping to build local capacity and assisting community groups in leveraging needed resources.
Bio and CV
Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS Doctoral)
School of Community and Regional Planning Entrance Scholarship
UBC 4 Year Fellowship
Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Master’s)