Finding a Supervisor

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Faculty members listed below are actively recruiting graduate students for the next year. Faculty members not listed here may also be interested in supervising graduate students. To find out about the research interests of all of our faculty members, please review our full faculty listing.

Name Programs Details
Abizaid, Christian MA, PhD I am looking for students interested in joining my research program on rural livelihoods, poverty and environment in the Peruvian Amazon. This program seeks to understand how rural peoples make a living within the context of environmental and socioeconomic change, and to explain the spatial and social distribution of poverty. Possible themes include: river dynamics and livelihoods; greater access to affordable motors and cell phones and their implications for labor, marketing, finance and livelihoods more broadly; covid-19 among rural populations; social networks (e.g., religion, sports, kinship; rural-urban linkages), livelihood vulnerability and resilience; small Amazonian towns and their role in the regional economy; floodplain agriculture and/or fisheries. Inquiries from motivated students with a suitable academic background, an interest in field-based work, Spanish proficiency and prior research/travel experience in Latin America are strongly encouraged, as are students with experience with field experiments or social network analysis. Students will be expected to seek additional external funding opportunities. Individuals with a broader interest on cultural/political ecology, and rural livelihoods in Latin America should also feel free to contact me. Please include a brief research statement, cv, and transcripts
Adams, Matthew MSc, PhD Dr. Adams is accepting motivated MSc and PhD students with interests in urban pollution and exposure. Students have the opportunity to include fieldwork, analytical laboratory work, and computation in their research. We value academic and non-academic career paths equally in our group and will support your individual path and development.
Bathelt, Harald MA, PhD I welcome applications by students from geography and related fields who are striving for leading-edge economic geography research, both conceptually and empirically. Students who are interested in questions surrounding knowledge creation/innovation over distance; dynamics of (permanent and/or temporary) clusters; international and domestic investments; technological and institutional change; or regional economic development and interregional inequality are invited to contact me with their ideas and proposals. Information about my research program and publication activity can be found on my website.
Besco, Laurel MA, PhD I am actively recruiting MA and PhD students interested in one of two areas: i) aviation and sustainability ii) legal instrument design for increasing energy efficiency ambition or plastic waste reduction.
Boland, Alana MA, PhD I welcome inquiries from students with interest in China-related projects that are focused on environmental governance, urban political ecology, infrastructure, or urban and rural development processes.
Brown, Laura MSc, PhD I am actively recruiting highly motivated MSc or PhD students who are interested in the cryosphere, with a particular focus on ice and snow. Research projects are currently underway in Central Ontario and Nunavut. Potential projects could involve field work and/or remote sensing and/or numerical modelling.
Chen, Jing MSc, PhD I am looking for students who have interest in vegetation remote sensing, ecosystem modeling and terrestrial carbon and water cycles.
Conway, Tenley MA, PhD I am looking for students who are interested in human-environmental interactions in urban landscapes, with a focus on urban forests and green infrastructure. I am particularly interested in supervising Masters or PhD projects that explore individual’s perceptions and experiences with trees and other green infrastructure, the ecological impact of governance structures, and policy and planning approaches.
Daigle, Michelle MA, PhD I am currently accepting students who work on various topics related to Indigenous and anti-colonial geographies. Please contact me directly if you would like to discuss the possibility of working with me.
Dorries, Heather MA, PhD I am interested in working with students with interests in: urban processes and settler colonialism or racial capitalism; Indigenous politics of resistance and resurgence; and hydo-social relations and urban water governance.
Duval, Tim MSc, PhD The Stream and Wetland Ecohydrology Research Group is looking for bright, motivated, hard-working students at both MSc and PhD levels to start research projects on urban and urbanizing stream corridor ecosystems. Projects include in-stream biogeochemical cycling and metabolism, groundwater-surface water exchange, stream-riparian-hillslope hydrological interactions, riparian zone nutrient and carbon cycling, wetland ecohydrology, and the influences of severe weather events on all of the above. Applicants for these projects should enjoy working outdoors in all weather and/or be comfortable working in a chemical lab setting. There are possible projects for applicants preferring workstation-based data analysis. Additional funding can be provided for MSc students in their second year of study.
Farber, Steven MA, PhD I encourage students interested in social equity and transportation planning to contact me about potential supervision. Please have a look at for information about potential research topics.
Goffe, Rachel MA, PhD I am a geographer and a licensed architect. My work is concerned with place-making, livelihood and the state regulation of space. I look at how formal and informal relationships to land and livelihood are defined through conflict. My research is sited in Jamaica where I am from originally and focuses on the encounter between recent policy to curtail squatting and traditions of Black life that emerged through durable yet insecure possession of small parcels of land. I am interested in working with students working on any of the following questions: as land tenure, displacement/dispossession, informal settlements, Caribbean studies, Black geographies, feminist political economy.
He, Yuhong MSc, PhD Fully-funded MSc and PhD positions are available at my Remote Sensing and Spatial Ecosystem Modeling laboratory (the RSSEM Lab). Candidates will develop new techniques for quantifying vegetation stress using the latest remote sensing technology. Some of the data will be collected using unmanned aerial vehicles or helicopters carrying hyperspectral sensors, multispectral sensors, as well as thermal sensors. I look for students with the following qualifications: 1) sincere interest in remote sensing and vegetation ecology; 2) strong quantitative skills; 3) remote sensing skills, or the ability to learn them quickly; and 4) excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Applicants should send me a letter of enquiry and curriculum vitae.
Higgins, Christopher MA, MSc, PhD I am recruiting talented graduate students interested in accessibility and travel behaviour (aligned with the Mobilizing Justice ( project), urban form, and 2D/3D/4D econometrics.
Hunter, Mark MA, PhD I welcome applications from students working in the areas of education, health, gender, race, addiction, and development. My own work uses historical-ethnographical methods to explore the political economy of everyday life. My central concern is with how intimate politics—acts embedded in sexuality, friendship, families, and other bonds—are shaped by and shaping social and spatial inequalities. I have written books on HIV/AIDS and education/race in South Africa, and now have a SSHRC-funded project on drug use. For more information please visit my website.
Hyde, Zachary  MA, PhD My research is on urban development, housing, gentrification as well as culture and urban consumption. I look at these topics through the lens of cultural and economic geography and sociology. I'm interested in working with students who have an interest in any of these areas and/or urban governance in general.
Kuuire, Vincent MA, PhD Research interests: Migration; Transnationalism and integration; Environment and health; Health care access; Sub-Saharan Africa
Latulippe, Nicole MA, PhD I am recruiting students interested in decolonial and Indigenous/Indigenist research methodology in support of Indigenous environmental governance, coexistence and the treaty relationship in the Great Lake region, especially in urban environments (Toronto/Scarborough).
Leslie, Deborah MA, PhD I am recruiting students working in the following areas: cultural economy, cultural industries, social economies, labour, feminist geography
Liu, Jane MSc, PhD I welcome highly self-motivated PhD and MSc. students interested in studying environmental issues related to our atmosphere, biosphere, and/or interactions between them with advanced methods in remote sensing, model simulations, field experiments, and data analysis. I welcome students with one or more backgrounds in geography, atmospheric science, environmental science, engineering, physics, mathematics, and other related disciplines. Please see my research interests on my website.
Maclaren, Virginia MA, PhD I look forward to working with students who have interests in waste studies or discard studies. The research can focus on any type of waste (e.g. household waste, food waste, e-waste, textile waste, plastic waste).
Martin, Adam MSc, PhD Graduate student positions are available for research in the areas of forest- and/or agroecology. In both of these areas, The Global Environmental Change Lab focuses on better understanding how variability in plant functional traits, underpins plant- and ecosystem-level responses to global environmental change. In the area of forest ecology, research will be related to understanding: i) how and why wood traits (e.g., wood density, wood chemical composition) differ among and within tree species, and ii) the role this variation plays in governing forest ecosystem functions including carbon (C) storage and cycling. In the area of agroecology, research focus on: i) how leaf functional traits (e.g., photosynthesis, leaf chemistry) differ among and within crops; ii) the role this variation plays in governing agroecosystem functions such as soil C dynamics; and iii) the role this variation plays in governing crop responses to environmental change.
Narayanareddy, Rajyashree MA, PhD I am seeking to recruit 1 MA and 1 PhD student. I welcome inquiries from students who are interested in pursuing research projects on waste, water and infrastructure and students interested in global urbanism, urban political ecology and feminist urban theory.
Olive, Andrea MA, PhD I welcome graduate students interested in environmental policy, especially wildlife conservation and Canada-US relations.
Porter, Trevor MSc, PhD I am recruiting PhD and MSc students to carry out research on topics related to paleoenvironmental change. Past and current students in my group (UTM Paleolab) have specialised in reconstructing past changes from natural proxies preserved in tree-rings, biomarkers, ice-rich permafrost, and geochemical signatures. Most of this work is based in areas of N.W. Canada and Alaska. Please explore my website to learn more about recent projects and publications. If this type of work interests you, please contact me ( to discuss potential projects and include a brief statement of your research interests and CV.
Rankin, Katharine PhD I am seeking motivated students interested in applying to the graduate programs in Geography or Planning to work with me on a research project on state restructuring in Nepal. In my own work, this research involves community-based collaborations in mountain, mid-hill and Terai regions of Nepal, with a special focus on road building and infrastructure development as contested political fields. I am interested in supervising qualified students who would like to work on related themes in Nepal or other geographical contexts. There are some research assistantships available through the SSHRC Insight Grant funding this project. More details about the project can be found at Infrastructure of Democracy.
Robinson, John MA, PhD The areas I am interested in are: The role of the university in helping the City of Toronto achieve its climate change goals; Sustainable building design and operation – with a focus on the behavioural interface: building/inhabitant hybrids; ontological agency and sustainability.
With regard to these three topics, I am interested in issues related to: socio-technical systems change (transitions and transformations), and; community engagement processes at the urban scale, using transdisciplinary knowledge co-production approaches, including evaluation of societal impacts of sustainability projects. I am looking for applicants who already have background, and research interests, in at least one of the first three topic areas.
Silvey, Rachel MA, PhD I welcome applications from students working in the areas of migration, mobility, development, labour and gender. My own research uses ethnographic and historical methods to explore global divisions of labour, intersectional feminist politics, and immigration governance regimes. My core concern is with understanding how systems of migration and labour regulation play out in migrant workers' everyday lives. I am completing a project on Indonesian domestic workers' migration to the United Arab Emirates and Singapore, and am in the early stages of a project on the effects of China's Belt and Road Initiative on migrants in Southeast Asia.
Ross, Timothy MA, PhD My research program is focused on understanding community-based experiences of disability and advancing more inclusive communities for disabled people - especially families living with childhood disability. Research topics that are of particular interest include access to education, inclusive play, transportation and mobility, addressing institutional ableism, and the intersection of planning and health/well-being. I am seeking students who are knowledgable about disability theory, experienced in qualitative methods, have excellent writing skills, and who are deeply committed to advancing greater equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility throughout our communities. Professional planning experience is considered an asset.
Sorensen, Andre MA I am actively recruiting students with an interest in the application of new institutionalism to comparative planning and urban studies. In particular, a focus on the way institutions (defined as 'the rules of the game', or 'shared norms and enforceable rules') change, and are changed, and how they regulate processes of urban development.
Subramanyam, Nidhi MA I am looking for 1-2 students who are interested in studying water infrastructures, climate change adaptation, river restoration, and/ or resilience using critical perspectives and mixed qualitative methods. Students could also propose projects investigating and theorizing the dynamics of urbanization and their implications for sustainability in small cities and peri-urban regions in the Global South. Whereas I have active projects in India, South Africa, and Canada, students can feel free to propose projects in other national or sub-national contexts so long as they have the requisite skills and competencies to operate in those contexts, or demonstrate willingness to acquire the same.
Tozer, Laura MA I am actively recruiting graduate students interested in working on: 1) sustainable energy transitions and governance and 2) justice and equity in urban transitions to address the climate crisis. My research group studies environmental politics and governance with a focus on accelerating action to address the climate crisis and to drive transitions to renewable energy and I have active research projects focused on Toronto and Canada.
Vinodrai, Tara MA, PhD I am trained as an economic geographer and my research program focuses on innovation, economic development, work and labour market dynamics, and technological change in cities. Additionally, I have long-standing interests in the creative/cultural industries, clusters and the geography of innovation. Increasingly, my work has interrogated the uneven outcomes, patterns and equity implications associated with changes in urban and regional economies. My current projects explore the relationships between housing affordability and economic development; manufacturing and the maker economy; and the social and spatial implications of the shift to remote work. I am also part of a national research team looking at ridehailing and the wider challenges of the gig/platform economy. I approach my research using a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods. I welcome prospective Masters and PhD students in geography and planning whose theoretical and empirical interests align with mine to review my work and contact me directly to discuss opportunities.
Wang, Jue MSc, PhD I am recruiting MSc and PhD students with interests in space-time analysis of human mobility, as well as modeling environmental exposure and its effects on public health. Students will implement research in my lab at the University of Toronto (Mississauga Campus). The ideal candidate should have a strong background in GIS and spatial analysis (better with experience in GIS software and Python programming). Qualified students are welcome to inquire and apply. All graduate students will be fully funded with the department base funding package. Additional RA stipend may be provided if applicable.
Widener, Michael MA, PhD I am currently recruiting students interested in researching the links between the built environment and health, using quantitative or mixed methods. Preference is given to those working on food environments, time use, mental health, or older adults.
Wilson, Kathleen MA, PhD I am eager to accept students interested in conducting research that complements my current/ongoing research projects: i) lived experienced of the Covid-19 pandemic among immigrant and racially visible populations; and ii) global migration and health (broadly defined) and access to health and social services with a particular emphasis on settlement and integration in small towns and rural areas.
Zhang, Jun MA, PhD I am looking for self-motivated graduate students that have significant overlapping research interests with mine, in areas such as economic geography, political economy, technological innovation, industrial restructuring, industrial policy, urban governance, market-state relations, and China.