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 Geography; PhD Geography 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 relevant 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. Inquiries from Individuals with a broader interest on cultural/political ecology, and rural livelihoods in Latin America are also welcome. Please include a brief research statement, cv, and transcripts. For more information please check my personal website
Arik, Hulya MA Geography I would like to work with students who are interested in the areas of geographies of religion and/or secularism, geographies of Islam and/or the Middle East, creative and cultural geographies of religion and/or Islam. I particularly encourage students who are interested in working with qualitative research methods. 
Bathelt, Harald PhD Geography; PhD Planning; MA Geography 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; effects of international and domestic investment activity; technological and institutional change; or regional 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 this website
Boland, Alana MA Geography; PhD Geography 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.
Breznitz, Shiri PhD Geography This proposed study, focused specifically on Canada, aims to advance our understanding the relationship between university commercialization policy and output. The goal of this project is to demonstrate the ways in which universities’ policies, including invention ownership and commercialization efforts, such as incubators and accelerators, have the potential to contribute to the innovation economy. Through the experience and networks of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and the Innovation Policy Lab, this work will contribute to evidence-based decision making within universities and for policy makers at the provincial and federal levels.
Brown, Laura PhD Geography; MSc Geography 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.
Buckley, Michelle MA Geography;  PhD Geography I welcome applications from students interested in feminist intersectional, postcolonial and/or anti-racist approaches to the study of urban life, specifically with an interest in a) experiences of work and employment in cities b) urban labour markets or c) the economies that sustain housing and real estate.
Chen, Jing MSc Geography I am looking for 2 MSc students to participate in a NSERC-funded project for regional and global mapping of vegetation physiological parameters using remote sensing data for the purpose of improving global carbon and water cycle estimation. An advanced instrument Licor 6800F is available for measuring leaf photosynthetic parameters and a wet lab is equipped for measuring leaf pigments. Remote sensing algorithms are to be developed to retrieve these parameters using satellite data, and an ecosystem model will be improved with these new data for modeling regional/global carbon and water fluxes.
Conway, Tenley MA Geography; MSc Geography; PhD Geography I am looking to take on two or three new students Fall 2023 to work on funded projects.  My research focus on urban forests and human-environmental interactions in urban environments. I have projects currently exploring (1) municipal policy and non-governmental actors’ role in urban forest management, given the shift towards co-governance or participatory governance, (2) residents’ experiences, knowledge, attitudes and actions in relation to green infrastructure, (3) urban forest perceptions focusing on a diversity of perceptions and people. I consider these topics from a socio-ecological systems perspective, emphasizing interactions among different actors, in light of environmental change and justice considerations. 
Desloges, Joseph MSc Geography Not actively recruiting, but if an appropriate person comes along...
Duval, Tim MSc Geography; PhD Geography The Stream and Wetland Ecohydrology Research Group seeks motivated and hard-working applicants at the PhD and MSc level to conduct original research in nutrient cycling, heavy metal and salt abundance, and water flowpath dynamics in urban and exurban streams, ponds, and riparian zones. Research approaches are highly field-centric, with additional lab analysis and experimentation. Applicants who enjoy working outdoors, in all weather conditions, and express an attention to detail and patience in the lab are especially encouraged to apply. Come help us discover how to best integrate the urban into the natural!
Farber, Steven MA Geography; PhD Geography; PhD Planning Professor Farber is seeking MA and PhD students to join his lab and participate in transportation equity research projects within the Mobilizing Justice partnership (Mobilizing Justice).  
Farish, Matt MA Geography I welcome correspondence and applications from students working on North America during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly those interested in militarization, colonialism and anti-colonialism, and urban cultural geographies.
Goffe, Rachel MA Geography; PhD Geography I'm particularly interested in working with students who are interested in informal and illicit land tenure and/or livelihood activities in the "Global South," especially in the Americas.
Harvey, Danny MSc Geography; PhD Geography In my graduate student supervision I am focusing on efficient use of energy in buildings and/or the integration of on-site renewable energy in buildings. Students with training in these areas and strong quantitative skills are invited to contact me as a potential MSc or PhD supervisor. Potential applicants at the PhD level should have a specific research question in mind that fills an identifiable research gap and which builds on their previous publications and training.
He, Yuhong PhD Geography; MSc Geography 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 Geography; MSc Geography; PhD Geography; PhD Planning I am looking to recruit students interested in transportation accessibility, urban form and function, and spatial econometrics
Hunter, Mark MA Geography; PhD Geography I particularly welcome applications from students with an interest in the following topics: South Africa; drug use; education; and HIV/AIDS. 
Hyde, Zachary  PhD Geography; MSc Geography; MA Geography; PhD Planning My work focuses on housing, urban development and governance, gentrification and displacement, and the culture of cities. I have a background in Sociology and mainly use qualitative and ethnographic methods. I'm open to supervising students who work on a range of issues related to cities. 
Isaac, Marney MSc Geography; PhD Geography Recruiting students interested in the following research areas: Agroecology, biogeochemical cycles, soil fertility, plant functional traits, agroforestry, biodiversity, social-ecological systems, farmer networks.
Klenk, Nicole PhD Geography; MA Geography I am currently recruiting a master's and a PhD student interested in the environmental science-society-policy interface, in different ways of knowing and in narrative approaches to learning, science communication and community-based research.
Lehnherr, Igor MSc Geography; PhD Geography I welcome applications from motivated students interested in physical geography, environmental science, and biogeochemistry. My research aims to understand how environmental stressors, such as contaminants and climate change, impact aquatic ecosystems, particularly in northern Canada. Potential projects include: i) impacts of climate change on mercury cycling and methylmercury production; ii) reconstructing long-term trends in mercury contamination using tree-rings, ice cores and sediment cores; iii) mercury and organic contaminant bioaccumulation in an estuary impacted by hydropower development; iv) quantifying ecosystem metabolism (primary production and respiration) in ice-covered lakes; v) climate change impacts on lake and watershed biogeochemistry (carbon and nutrient cycling).
Liu, Jane PhD Geography; MSc Geography I welcome 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 highly self-motivated students with one or more backgrounds in physical geography, atmospheric science, environmental science, engineering, physics, mathematics, and other related disciplines. Please see my research interests on my website.
Mah, Julie MA Geography I am seeking masters students who are dedicated to creating more just cities and whose research interests firmly lie in one of these areas: (1) affordable housing policy and development; (2) gentrification and displacement; (3) equitable development approaches; (4) evictions and eviction prevention. It is expected that prospective students will have excellent writing skills, a willingness to contribute to multiple research projects and some grounding in housing knowledge. 
Martin, Adam MSc Geography 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: 1) how and why wood traits (e.g., wood density, wood chemical composition) differ among and within tree species, and 2) the role this variation plays in governing forest ecosystem functions including carbon (C) storage and cycling. In the area of agroecology, research focus on: 1) how leaf functional traits (e.g., photosynthesis, leaf chemistry) differ among and within crops; 2) the role this variation plays in governing agroecosystem functions such as soil C dynamics; and 3) the role this variation plays in governing crop responses to environmental change.
Mudaliar, Praneeta MA Geography I am currently recruiting a Masters students for 2023 admission for a project on cultural ecosystem services from lands owned and managed by institutions of higher education in North America. Through qualitative and quantitative methods, the project investigates the research questions: What kinds of CESs are provided by lands managed by institutions of higher education and how are they provided and ii) How can the inclusion of CESs in land management further the goals of equity and justice? A second project involves examining how climate justice is incorporated into climate change plans in Canada.
Narayanareddy, Rajyashree MA Geography; PhD Geography; PhD Planning I am seeking to recruit motivated students (1 to 2 MA students and 1 PhD student in Geography or Planning) who are interested in pursuing research projects on following topics: waste and water management and governance, infrastructure and urban informality. I welcome applications from students who have a theoretical interest in global urbanism, urban political ecology, feminist urban theory and waste/discard studies. While my research is located in Bangalore, India, I am eager to work with students whose research would be located in India or other geographical contexts across the global south and north. 
Olive, Andrea MA Geography I welcome students interested in wildlife conservation policy as well as students interested in the relationship between faith communities and environmental activism. 
Porter, Trevor MSc Geography; PhD Geography I am seeking MSc & PhD students to join my lab. Our research focuses on climate and environmental change in northwestern Canada and Alaska, spanning centuries to millennia. This typically involves field and lab work, and quantitative analysis. Potential projects include: (1) multi-proxy reconstructions of Holocene sea ice and primary productivity in the Beaufort-Chukchi Sea; (2) Holocene climate reconstruction from relict ice wedge geochemistry in the Mackenzie Delta; and (3) late glacial reconstructions from relict permafrost in central Yukon. My interests extend beyond these projects and I will gladly discuss other options with students who are enthusiastic about paleoenvironmental research.
Rankin, Katharine MA Geography, PhD Planning, PhD Geography I welcome inquiries from prospective graduate students working in the areas of the geo/politics of planning and development, transportation infrastructures, the cultural politics of markets, diverse economies, community development, and with interests in feminist, decolonial, and critical planning theory. A geographic focus on South Asia or Canada, proclivity toward qualitative methods, and prior research experiences are particularly encouraged.
Robinson, John PhD Geography; PhD Planning I will be prioritizing students who want to do their research within the Urban Climate Action Project (UCAP). This will mean work that is very focused on implementation of the City of Toronto’s TransformTO climate plan. 
Ross, Tim PhD Planning; MA Geography The Engagement & Planning for Inclusive Communities Lab is recruiting graduate planning and geography students interested in conducting qualitative research focused on understanding experiences of (childhood) disability relating to transportation and mobility, inclusive play, institutional ableism, education access, housing, and healthcare environments. While individuals interested in conducting disability research relating to any of these topics are invited to reach out, we are recruiting one student to join an ongoing project focused on exploring the housing experiences and community participation of individuals with developmental disabilities. Prospective students should email both Tim Ross ( and Zehra Kamani ( 
Smith, Lindsey MA Geography I am looking to work with students interested in studying the influence of urban environments on human behaviours and health. My research focuses on mobility and travel modes although students may propose topics that utilize spatial data, GIS, and mixed methods to explore a range of environment-health relationships. I welcome students to contact me to discuss opportunities.
Subramanyam, Nidhi MA Geography; PhD Planning I welcome inquiries from students interested in pursuing an MA in Geography or a PhD in Planning. Research could focus on drinking water distribution, grey-green stormwater infrastructures, rainwater harvesting, and/ or climate adaptation planning and its intersections with the regional political economy, governance, and planning practices, either in the South Asian or Canadian context. Previous fieldwork and independent research experiences are highly desirable.
Wang, Jue MSc Geography; PhD Geography Prof. Jue Wang is recruiting Master's and Ph.D. students interested in space-time analysis of human mobility, geoprivacy, and environmental health, as well as modeling environmental exposures (e.g., green space, food environment, and noise exposure) and their effects on public health. The ideal candidate should have a strong background in GIS and spatial analysis (better with experience in statistics, spatial analysis, and programming). All graduate students will be funded with the University's base funding package. Additional RA stipend may be provided if applicable.
Widener, Michael MA Geography; PhD Geography Professor Widener is recruiting master's and PhD level graduate students interested in research on the relationship between the urban built environment and health, using data science or mixed methods.
Wilson, Kathleen MA Geography; PhD Geography My research is broadly focused on immigration and health including access to health and social services. More recent research focused on impacts of and recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic among immigrant and racialized populations in the Peel Region.