Allison Goebel


Allison GoebelContact Information

Office: Rm 3125 Biosciences Complex
Phone: 613-533-6000 x77660
Fax: 613-533-6090
Mailing Address:
School of Environmental Studies
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada,
K7L 3N6

Department & Associations

Dr. Allison Goebel is a Queen's National Scholar.  As of July 1, 2010, she is the first full faculty member for The School of Environmental Studies.

Dr. Goebel holds cross-appointments in the departments of Gender Studies, Sociology, Global Development Studies and Cultural Studies.


Please direct inquiries to the contact information provided.

Academic Training

B.A. (Toronto), M.A. (Saint Mary's), Ph.D. (Alberta)

General Academic Interests

She is a sociologist whose main research interests include:

  • Environmental Justice
  • Women, Health and Environment
  • Local Food Issues/Movements
  • Gender, Environment and Development in Africa - especially Southern Africa, including use or Management of Natural Resources, Social Forestry, Agriculture, Urbanization and Housing, Social Impacts of Climate Change

On Their Own - Women, Urbanization, and the Right to the City in South Africa (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015)

Gender and Land Reform: The Zimbabwe Experience (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005). Gender and Land Reform book cover On Their Own Book Cover

Recent publications include:

  • 2010 (in press) Allison Goebel and Belinda Dodson. "Housing and Marginality for Female-Headed Households: Observations from Msunduzi Municipality (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa)" (Accepted and in press with Canadian Journal of African Studies).
  • 2010 "Gender, Globalization and Land Tenure: Methodological challenges and insights". Gender, Globalization and Land Tenure. New Delhi: Zubaan Press and the International Development Research Centre. (
  • 2010 Allison Goebel, Belinda Dodson and Trevor Hill. "Urban Advantage or Urban Penalty? A Case Study of Female-Headed Households in a South African City" Health & Place 16 (3) May: 573-580.
  • 2010 Allison Goebel, Trevor Hill, Rob Fincham and Mary Lawhon. "Transdisciplinarity in urban South Africa" Futures. The Journal of Policy, Planning and Futures 42: 475-483.
  • 2007. "'We are working for nothing': Livelihoods and Gender Relations in Rural Zimbabwe 2000-2006". Canadian Journal of African Studies. 41(2): 226-257.
  • (Forthcoming 2007). "Sustainable Urban Development? Low-cost Housing Challenges in South Africa" Habitat International.
  • 2005. "Is Zimbabwe the Future for South Africa? The Implications for Land Reform in Southern Africa." Journal of Contemporary African Studies Vol. 23 Number 3: 345-370.
  • 2005. "Zimbabwe's "Fast Track" Land Reform: What about Women?" Gender, Place and Culture Vol. 12 No. 2: 145-172.
  • 2003. "Women and Sustainability: What kind of theory do we need?" Canadian Woman Studies/Les Cahiers de la Femme Fall/Winter 2003, 23(1): 77-84.
  • 2003. "Gender and Entitlements in the Zimbabwean Woodlands: A Case Study of Resettlement" in Patricia Howard-Borjas (ed) i. Zed Books
  • 2002. "'Men these days, they are a problem': Husband taming herbs and gender wars in rural Zimbabwe". Canadian Journal of African Studies. Vol. 36, No. 3: 460-489
  • 2002. "Gender, Environment and Development in Southern Africa". Canadian Journal of Development Studies. Volume XXIII, No. 2: 293-316other information/etc.)