Finding a Supervisor
Graduate Opportunities in Environment, Development and Health
Dr. Godwin Arku
My current research focus is on economic development strategies of
cities. In particular, I am interested in how cities are competing
within international markets, attracting investment and labour to
promote economic growth and enhancing the economic and fiscal health of
their communities. I welcome applications from masters students
interested in the topic of economic development and specifically those
are who are interested in examining Ontario cities. I also welcome
students who are interested in examining the impacts of provincial
policies on the economic development efforts of cities. Finally I
welcome masters students with their own research plan.
Dr. Jamie Baxter
I am interested to work with 1 new masters students and 1 new PhD
student in the area of place-based technological hazard risk
perception. A group of us have applied to SSHRC for a project
comparing perceptions of wind turbines across different community types
(e.g., existing turbines, proposed turbines, no existing or propopsed
turbines). I am also interested to develop new projects
in my areas of interest (see webpage).
Dr. Rachel Bezner Kerr
I do research with smallholder farmers in Malawi on topics related to
food, social relations, health, agriculture and globalization. I am
willing to discuss graduate student opportunities for someone who can
work independently, demonstrates strong critical writing and analytical
skills, has a passion for social justice and has some fieldwork
experience. Interest in participatory research approaches is welcome. I
would particularly welcome students who have interest in climate
change, agriculture and the implications for social relations in
sub-Saharan Africa, but other topics related to my areas of interest
are also possible. Please see my webpage for more information.
Dr. Michael Buzzelli
I am willing to discuss graduate opportunities with prospective students. Please see my web page for further details.
Dr. Belinda Dodson I specialize in international development, with a regional focus on Southern Africa. I am also affiliated with Western's Centre for Migration and Ethnic Relations.
My current research focuses on three themes: gender dimensions of
cross-border migration, xenophobia in South Africa, and urban food
security. I am interested in supervising graduate students on topics
related to migration, gender, and food security, preferably in Southern
Africa or, for migration, in countries of immigrant destination.
Examples of my current graduate students' thesis topics are "Gender and
remittances to Zimbabwe"
and "Gender and food security in Blantyre, Malawi".
Dr. Jason Gilliland
I am interested in hearing from prospective graduate students (MA, MSc,
PhD) or postdoctoral fellows who are interested in research related to
urban studies, health geography, children's environments and urban
history. Please see my web site and contact me for details.
Dr. Milford Green
I welcome inquires from potential MA and PhD students who have an
interest in economic geography, corporate geography and the geography
of transportation. Previously supervised students have worked on:
mergers, foreign direct investment, joint ventures, venture capital,
banking, tourism entrepreneurship, interlocking directorates and port
development. My philosophy of supervision is an apprenticeship model
where the student and I work closely together on the research project.
The approach is generally one that involves substantial use of
statistics and quantitative methods.
Dr. Isaac Luginaah
I am interested in supervising potential students at the MA, MSc and
PhD levels on topics relating to health geography, environment and
health and also in HIV/AIDS. Interested students are encouraged to
contact me to discuss potential projects and options. Please see my web
site for details.
Dr. Katrina Moser
My research is focused on using records of water quality and quantity
preserved in lake sediments to determine past climate change and its
impacts. I recently established the Lakes and Reservoirs Systems
Research Facility at the University of Western Ontario, which is a
state-of-the-art facility for paleolimnological research. Much of my
research has focused on northern and alpine areas, but I am presently
starting a new project in southern Ontario, which is focused on looking
at the impacts of climate and landscape change on lake systems. I am
looking for 1-2 graduate students to work on this project.
Dr. Joy Parr
My research focuses on the interfaces amongst environment, technology
and health, both the environmental legacies of manufacturing,
agricultural and power generation industries and the embodied
adaptations people must make to live, work and play in landscapes which
are different, differently dangerous, productive, pleasurable and
passable. I am looking for MA students to work on research follow-up to
the Walkerton Long Term Health Study, and social and cultural studies
in the Health Geography of the Huron shore. I am also happy to work
with more students interested in Geographies of the Sensuous, Labour
Practices and Gender.
Dr. Chantelle Richmond
I am looking for 2 MA students whose interdisciplinary research
programs will focus on the social and environmental determinants of
Aboriginal health in Canada. Potential projects may relate to: 1)
environmental change among First Nation communities in north-western
Ontario; and, 2) determinants of food choice among urban and reserve
First Nation populations in south-western Ontario. I may also be
willing to supervise students with more general interests in the
geographies of health, and/or the geographies of Aboriginal health.
Please contact me directly for further details.
Dr. Dan Shrubsole
I have a variety of interests related to water and land-related
resources, and am willing to discuss graduate opportunities with
prospective students. Please see my web page for further details and
e-mail me if you want further information.
Dr. Chris Smart Current work focuses on surface-groundwater interactions at the
mesoscale. New projects are planned looking at hydrological restoration using enhanced groundwater
recharge in Medway Creek, distributed monitoring for water quality and karst groundwater flow in south
Dr. Tony Weis
I am happy to discuss graduate opportunities with prospective students.
Please consult my web page to get a sense of my research interests.
Please contact the Graduate Administrator with any questions regarding the graduate program.
Phone: 519-661-2111, Ext. 85033;