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Student Profiles

2019-2020 DEVS PhD Students

Hannah Ascough (2nd Year)

Hannah Ascough

Research Interests: My research centers on storytelling as a tool for development. I’m interested in how environmental charities in South Africa use the trope “living happily ever after” to sell their cause to potential donors. I look at how such marketing techniques impact women’s involvement in environmental initiatives, and the intersections between narrative structure, ecofeminism, degrowth, and feminist political ecology.

Alina Dixon (2nd Year)

Research Interests: My research focuses on post-conflict youth and peace-building in northern Uganda. In particular, I am interested in the ways in which youth themselves understand and navigate their environments, the challenges they face, and the pathways they negotiate for positive change. Ultimately, my work is centred around understanding youth as active agents of reconstruction, and what youth voices can teach us about the post-conflict context.

Brandon Pryce (2nd Year)

Brandon Pryce

Research Interests: My research focuses on citizen reactions to neoliberalism in Latin America. More specifically, how workers in the agricultural sector have challenged economic reforms of structural adjustment programs within their communities.

Maya Saryyeva

Research Interests: Maya researches the efficacy of global governance frameworks surrounding green bonds and sustainable finance initiatives.

Sylvie St-Jacques (2nd Year)

Sylvie St-Jacques

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Jordan Stark

Kim Lawson

Research Interests: Broadly, my research focuses on how cities are responding to climate change. Employing a comparative approach spanning the North-South divide, my project considers two examples of sustainable land use planning operating in Portland, Oregon, and Cape Town, South Africa. Drawing upon debates on “eco-gentrification” and the right to the city, I ask questions related to how the dual imperatives of urban sustainability and social justice might be brought together to ensure cities are both “climate-friendly” and socially inclusive.

2019-2020 DEVS MA Students

Charlotte Akin

Research Interests: My research interests are asylum and refugee policy in the Greek Aegean Islands after 2016. I’m interested in how children’s rights have been affected by the “fast-track” border procedures implemented after the 2015 “migrant crisis”.

Ashley Clark (2nd Year)

Ashley Clark

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Matthew Dunbar

Kim Lawson

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Emily Edwards

Research Interests:  My current research focuses on global commercial surrogacy in the context of India’s lucrative commercial surrogacy market. I am interested in conducting a postcolonial analysis of the power relations between the Global North and Global South which lead to the exploitation of Indian women whose wombs are outsourced by wealthy, Western couples and individuals. The recent ban on commercial surrogacy in India has introduced several key questions regarding the future for Indian surrogates and increased penetration of other surrogacy markets and black markets by reproductive tourists. I aim to examine the implications of this ban on the Indian and international scale in the context of the “Orientalised” subjugation of surrogates in the bioavailable Global South.

Jessica Gentile

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Brigid Goulem

Kim Lawson

Research Interests: My research is focused on access to healthcare for migrants and asylum seekers in Greece. I am interested in how state policy, and EU imposed austerity measures have shaped healthcare access for migrants in Greece.

Oula Hreiche (2nd Year)

Oula Hreiche

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Rae Jardine

Kim Lawson

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Ainsley Johnston

Research Interests:   My research focuses on disaster risk reduction in Puerto Rico to address disaster relief at the global level to understand how global governance can foster resilience in low-income populations. Specifically, I am looking at the federal and global response to hurricane Maria in 2017 to unpack the assumptions and problems in policies and strategies in order to address how global governance can mitigate inadequate federal responses.

Tineke Kippers (2nd Year)

Tineke Kippers

Research Interests:  My research interests centre around police work and it's connection to neoliberal economic governance. I am particularly interested in how this operates transnationally in the case of Canadian contributions to training the Haitian National Police and its subsequent effect on the culture of impunity in Haiti. Additionally, I am interested in how Haiti is viewed politically and culturally in the international community and why.

Alexandria Knipp

Research Interests: My research concerns the intersection of governmental policy and extractive development, particularly in the context of displacement and resilience. Specifically, I am researching how the lack of government capacity and infrastructure funding in the Canadian Arctic serves as an obstacle to post-extractive development in vulnerable communities.

Alex Mikell (2nd Year)

Alex Mikell

Research Interests: My research focuses on identifying the role that wheat played as a tool for U.S. imperialism in post-WWII Japan. Specifically, I am looking at why wheat was successfully used to ensure dependency on the part of the Japanese government and its population to U.S. food provision, and what methods of diffusion were utilized to create the current food culture.

Kristen Ouimet

Research Interests: Broadly, my research interests lie at the intersection of political ecology and discourses of development in Latin America. My project offers a critical analysis of ideologies of ‘Buen Vivir’ and their emergence in different national contexts. More specifically, I ask how experiences of ‘Buen Vivir’ in Bolivia and Ecuador might inform understandings of the movement’s emergence in the case of Peru.

Michelle Owusu-Ansah

Kim Lawson

Research Interests: I am interested in understanding the changing motivations and roles of women in participating in reciprocity and formal volunteerism in contemporary Ghana and its connections to models of community ownership in post-colonial Africa.

Juliana Rapper

Research Interests: My research seeks to evaluate how surveillance techniques and related infrastructure facilitate surplus population management. I am interested in viable strategies for governing as forced to compete (and are increasingly losing) against metadata corporate interests. I aim to research the effect these trends have on security, vulnerability, and sovereignty.

Shanaya Singh

Research Interests: Informed by my research interests in human rights, legal empowerment, and good governance, my research agenda will attempt to assess the potential for Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) to secure women’s rights to land in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in the context of contemporary land deals. I propose to study SSA due to my interest in the complexities of legal pluralism in African states, and to the possibilities for economic, social and cultural justice as the region rapidly develops.

Camille Slack

Research Interests: My area of interest for research lies within the intersectionality of climate change and Indigenous, more specifically Inuit, food security. I am interested in examining unpredictable environmental conditions, geophysical hazards, and changes to marine and terrestrial ecosystems that have emerged as the result of climate change and pose challenges for Arctic communities throughout the circumpolar region. I am expressly interested in how these effects implicate Inuit communities which rely heavily on the support of natural resources as sources of both food and travel.

Prateek Sood

Research Interests: My research interests include development finance and development economics. Here at Queens, I will be studying the link between microfinance and formalisation.

 

2018-2019 DEVS PhD Students

Hannah Ascough

Hannah Ascough

Research Interests: My research centers on storytelling as a tool for development. I’m interested in how environmental charities in South Africa use the trope “living happily ever after” to sell their cause to potential donors. I look at how such marketing techniques impact women’s involvement in environmental initiatives, and the intersections between narrative structure, ecofeminism, degrowth, and feminist political ecology.

Alina Dixon

Research Interests: My research focuses on post-conflict youth and peace-building in northern Uganda. In particular, I am interested in the ways in which youth themselves understand and navigate their environments, the challenges they face, and the pathways they negotiate for positive change. Ultimately, my work is centred around understanding youth as active agents of reconstruction, and what youth voices can teach us about the post-conflict context.

Brandon Pryce

Brandon Pryce

Research Interests: My research focuses on citizen reactions to neoliberalism in Latin America. More specifically, how workers in the agricultural sector have challenged economic reforms of structural adjustment programs within their communities.

Sylvie St-Jacques

Sylvie St-Jacques

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2018-2019 DEVS MA Students

Nida Azad

Nida Azad

Research Interests: Sustaining a healthy population in Pakistan is an area that I will attempt to unpack, addressing the systems in place that restrict its positive progression. My goal is to understand the foundational sources that drag back attainments of a greater management of healthy citizens.

Ashley Clark

Ashley Clark

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Kathleen Daly

Kathleen Daly

Research Interests: My research focuses on citizen reactions to neoliberalism in Latin America. More specifically, how workers in the agricultural sector have challenged economic reforms of structural adjustment programs within their communities.

Kaitlin Gibson

Kaitlin Gibson

Research Interests: Broadly speaking, my research interests are focused on the African continent and looking at women's issues. More narrowly, my research will examine forms of gender-based violence, specifically during and/or post- conflict in West Africa.

Fikir Haile

Fikir Haile

Research Interests:   Broadly speaking, I’m interested in examining the political economy of land dispossession in the Ethiopian context. I am particularly interested in ‘land grabs’, a process through which people are forcefully removed from their ancestral land for vaguely defined “development projects” usually undertaken by the state in collaboration with foreign or multinational corporations. Through an examination of the history and current political economy of the country, I want to evaluate the distributions of power that determine who wins and who loses in the context of development-forced displacement.

Oula Hreiche

Oula Hreiche

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Rana Kamh

Rana Kamh

Research Interests:  Broadly speaking, I am interested in looking at the growing role of markets and private actors in environmental governance and how the former has incited a shift towards market-based mechanisms to mitigate environmental risks in the Global North.

Tineke Kippers

Tineke Kippers

Research Interests:  My research interests centre around police work and it's connection to neoliberal economic governance. I am particularly interested in how this operates transnationally in the case of Canadian contributions to training the Haitian National Police and its subsequent effect on the culture of impunity in Haiti. Additionally, I am interested in how Haiti is viewed politically and culturally in the international community and why.

Alex Mikell

Alex Mikell

Research Interests: My research focuses on identifying the role that wheat played as a tool for U.S. imperialism in post-WWII Japan. Specifically, I am looking at why wheat was successfully used to ensure dependency on the part of the Japanese government and its population to U.S. food provision, and what methods of diffusion were utilized to create the current food culture.

Lauren Morash

Lauren Morash

Research Interests: My research interests focus on gender and sexuality. I’m interested in looking at how these processes are informed by history, colonialism and globalization, specifically in the context of community organizing/activism. I am also interested in understanding how gender/sexuality shape vulnerabilities to health-related outcomes

Dairon Morejon-Perez

Dairon Morejon-Perez

Research Interests: My research interests focus in the role of migration in the developed of major north american cities. It also investigates Global South - Global North contrasting perspectives on migration.

Jessica Siddall

Jessica Siddall

Research Interests: My research interests are centered around understanding the successful approaches used in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the rural context of Latin America. I aim to understand the effective methods for reducing the vulnerability of isolated and marginalized rural communities.

 

2017-2018 DEVS MA Students

Hannah Ascough

 

Research Interests:  My research centers on narratives as tools for development. I’m interested in the role stories play in shaping the ways we understand, represent, and “do” development, particularly within the charitable context.

 

Khulud Baig

 
Research Interests: My research interests are in refugee resettlement policies in Canada. I hope to work in policy-making one day.

 

Andrew Clark

 

Research Interests:  Broadly, my research interests lie in the financial flows of humanitarian organizations and projects within these organizations. More specifically, I am interested in how an increase in conditional cash-transfer systems can be used in the development context. I have a background in political economy, development economics, and international policy change. 

 

Catherine Gagne

 

Research Interests:  Broadly speaking, I am interested in researching how the issues surrounding illegal wildlife trade are being intensified due to climate change such as habitat loss, migrational capabilities, altered competitive relationships, and such with a regional focus on South America. 

 

Caroline James

 

Research Interests: My broad research interests are in analysing the trends of legal and political development and how they influence contemporary constitutional and political realities. I would like to see whether contemporary legal and political challenges in Southern Africa can be traced back to processes adopted in the past, and use that historical insight to guide suggestions of solutions for contemporary rule-of-law and human rights problems. 

 

Kimberly Keller

Research Interests:  My research interests consist of relationships between government systems and First Nation communities in regard to environmental issues. In particular, I focus my attention on Canadian situations. My thesis topic will be concerning either the mercury poisoning of the Wabigoon River System in Kenora Ontario and the residual effects on the Wabaseemoong First Nation, or on the current issues surrounding the Tsilhqot’in First Nation and the proposed New Prosperity mine in British Colombia. 

 

Patrick Lacombe

 

Research Interests:  My research is aimed at analyzing the relationship between environmental conservation, namely national parks and other protected areas, and social development in sub-saharan Africa within a larger political ecology framework.

 

 

Sara Langer

 

 

Research Interests:  Broadly, my research interests are in economic theory, especially environmental and ecological economics, public policy, and political economy.  More specifically, my research will focus on the austerity politics of the Global North using these various economic theories and tools. 

 

Karlee Nadorozny

Research Interests: My research discuss issues around how refugees globally access housing in countries of asylum and countries of resettlement.  I will be taking a global outlook as well as using small case studies to examine debt and homelessness among refugees.
 

 

Nicholas Cardelli

 

Research Interests:  My research interests focus on global food systems and environmental degradation. I hope to explore technological and policy based solutions to the negative impacts of global food systems and food production. 

 

Brandon Pryce

Brandon Pryce

 

Research Interests:  My research concerns the current state of Indigenous autonomy in Canadian contexts, relying on the work of First Nations scholars and leaders (Taiaiake Alfred, Leanne Simpson, Glen Sean Coulthard, among others). My research is aimed at the Canadian state whose conceptualization of Indigenous relations is in need of complete reevaluation, calling on the government of Canada to increase its commitment to Indigenous autonomy.

 

Tatiana Sevciuc

Tatiana Sevciuc
 
Research Interests: I am interested in politics of childhood and adoption as well as security of children. I will focus on Ontario's lack of safety regulations in public and private schools.

 

Shahreen Shehwar

Shahreen Shewar

 

Research Interests:  Writing about gentrification in two Ottawa communities -- Vanier and Westboro. I will particularly focus on an angle of class, using a Marxist-Political Economy focus. 

 

 

 

Student Profiles

2016-2017 DEVS MA Students

Raphael Avalos

Raphael Avalos

Research Interests: My research focuses on post-conflict development in El Salvador, specifically the country’s mid-to-long term progress after the 1992 peace accords brought a twelve-year civil war to a close.

Remy Bargout

Remy Bargout

Research Interests: Broadly speaking I am interested in agro-ecological issues related to small rain-fed agriculture. My current research looks at the adoption and benefits of new plant varieties in Sub-Sahara Africa.

Noelle Bauman

Noelle Bauman

Thesis topic: My thesis research examines the lived experiences and life narratives of Judeo-Christian women in two different regions in Uganda. It investigates if/how women individually and collectively perceive and contest marginalizing social norms through gender performativity.

M'Lisa Colbert

M'Lisa Colbert

Research Interests: I am interested in conducting research regarding social economy theory, corporate social responsibility and cooperative and community renewable energy projects in Latin America.

Annabelle Gagnon-Barnes

Annabelle Gagnon-Barnes

Research Interests: My main research interest is centered on the impacts of gender-based violence in urban and rural sectors of India. More precisely, I am interested in the disparaging effects of gender-based violence on women’s integration or disintegration in their community from a socio-economic standpoint.  

Yesutor Gbewonyo

Yesutor Gbewonyo

Research Interests: The extent to which policies and services in Ghana support the reproductive health of adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities and how to mobilize resources to improve their reproductive health.

Conor Grieve

Conor Grieve

Research Interests: Governance, protectionism, sustainability, development economics and infrastructure improvement as they relate to poverty reduction in the Global South. 

Kim Lawson

Kim Lawson

Research Interests: My general research interests are in the areas of global governance and conflict studies. Specifically I am interested in looking at humanitarian intervention and the use of international laws on the development of countries in conflict. 

Laura Myers

Laura Myers

Research Interests: My thesis research involves analysing the creation and role of Indigenous women’s organisations in Canada. The aim of the research is to centre on Indigenous women’s perspectives and activism in attempt to understand the impact Indigenous women and their organisations have on select actors within Canada, such as various levels of government, other Indigenous organisations, and Indigenous communities. Critical gender, race, Indigenous, and decolonizing theories and methodologies are guiding my research framework.

Chiedza Pasipanodya

Chiedza Pasipanodya

Research Interests: My main research interest is in the economic development of women in Zimbabwe, particularly looking at the informal economy in urban areas.

Dillon Smith

Renee Rogers

Research Interests: My main research interest focuses on how traditional colonialism and neocolonialist practices have served as a detriment to the conditions for development in Central and North Africa. Specifically, I am interested in the current debate surrounding the economic and humanitarian effects of Chinese investments in this region.


Selected MA Thesis & Major Research Paper Titles

  • Applying Feminist and Queer Theories to Gender-Based Violence in Post-Conflict Societies: A Case Study of the Transition Process in Liberia

  • Bartering for Brains: Exploring the Migration of South African Physicians to Canada in the Context of the Brain Drain vs. the Skill Flow Debate

  • Ceding the Seed: Farmers' Loss of Means of Production and the Introduction of Bt Cotton Seeds in Andhra Pradesh, India, 2002 –Present

  • A Critical Analysis of Climate Change Policies of Nepal

  • A Comparative Analysis of Internal and Cross-Border Migration in the Southern African Region

  • Critical Analysis of ‘Food Sovereignty’ as an Alternative to ‘Food Security’: A Case Study of Food Sovereignty in Canada

  • Deconstructing DDR: Understanding the Absence of Females in Post-Conflict Reconstruction Programs in Sierra Leone and Sudan

  • The Developmental Potential of the Zimbabwean Diaspora in Canada

  • Ecotourism and National Parks in Southern Africa

  • Effective Collaboration or Forced Union? Examining the Role of Corporate Partnerships in the Sport for Development Non-Profit Sector

  • Efficacy of the 2005 South African Life Orientation Program 

  • Female Ex-Combatants’ Access to Education in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone: How Girls’ Needs Have Been Overlooked in Rehabilitation Efforts 

  • Finding Balance: Determining the Relationship between Economic Development, Traditional Knowledge, and Natural Resource Management in the Context of the Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq

  • The Flip Side of COIN: Unraveling the Internal Contradictions of the Security-Development Nexus 

  • The Impact of an Integrated Health Care System on Maternal and Child Mortality: A Case Study of the Ecuadorian Context

  • "The Messy Work:" Parenting, Social Reproduction, and Neoliberal Restructuring in Jamaica

  • The Nation's Caregivers: Work Experiences, Professional Identities and Gender Politics of Pakistan's Lady Health Workers

  • Natural Disasters: The Order Behind the Disorder

  • Overcoming Fragmentation? Labour-Community Alliances and The Complexity of Movement Building in Cape Town

  • The 'People' in Historical Perspective: Argentina's Populist Tradition, 1943-Present

  • Plight of the Living Dead: Liminality, AIDS and Advocacy in South Africa 

  • The Politics of Environmental Migration: the experience of Bangladesh

  • Power, Alternativity, and Cultural Production in Contemporary Cuba. The Case of the Rotilla Festival

  • Toward a Historical Materialist Analysis of Femicide in Post-Conflict Guatemala