Carolyn Prouse

Carolyn Prouse

Assistant Professor

PhD (Geography), University of British Columbia

Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D304

Queen's University

Department of Geography and Planning

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Curriculum Vitae (PDF 290 KB)

I am an anticolonial urbanist and white settler living on Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory. My research is focused on how diverse urban communities are marginalized by economic development and social reproductive initiatives, and how people and markets are transformed through grass-roots space-making practices. I draw together work in feminist geographies, critical race theory, political economy, urban political ecology, and postcolonial/decolonial theory to help understand these processes. I ask questions such as:

  • How do low-income, racialized communities grapple with state-led upgrading efforts in Brazilian favelas?
  • How do communities build their own “public” infrastructure (such as park areas) in the shadow of state-led projects?
  • How are zoonotic biosurveillance programs re-configuring the labour of people in Southern cities and with what implications for their safety and privacy?
  • How does non-valued work – such as breastfeeding – become distributed through urban infrastructures of infant feeding?

My work takes me to North America, South America, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

I am interested in supervising students at both the Master’s and Doctoral levels pursuing research in global urban infrastructure, social reproduction, bio-economies, and urban political ecology. Please be in touch via email for specific details about funding packages.

Appointed to the Department of Geography and Planning

Cross Appointed to the Department of Global Development Studies

Prouse, C. (2021) Social reproductive metabolisms of human milk banking in Brazil. Geoforum. DOI:

Prouse, C. (2021) Mining liquid gold: The lively, contested terrain of human milk valuations. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. DOI:

Prouse, C. (2021). Articulating corruption of infrastructural upgrading projects in Brazil. Political Geography (84). DOI:

GEELs (July 2020). Rethinking the boundaries between economic life and coronavirus death. The Conversation.

Prouse C. (2019). Subversive formalization: Efforts to (re)form land, labor, and behavior in a carioca favela. Urban Geography 40(10): 1548-1567.

Prouse, C. (2019). Of mosquitoes and mega events: Urban political ecologies of the more-than-human city. In S Darnell & R Millington (Eds.) Sport, Development and Environmental Sustainability. Routledge.

Prouse, C. (2018) Autoconstruction 2.0: Social media contestations of racialized violence in Complexo do Alemão. Antipode 50(3): 621-640.

Webber, S. & Prouse, C. (2018). The new ‘gold standard’: The rise of randomized control trials and experimental development. Economic Geography 94(2): 166-187.