Department of Geography and Planning

Department of Geography and Planning
Department of Geography and Planning
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Carolyn Prouse

Assistant Professor
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D304
613-533-6000 ext. 78592

I completed my PhD (2017) in Geography at the University of British Columbia with a dissertation about slum-upgrading and pacification projects in Rio de Janeiro’s favela communities. I received both my BA/BPHE (2008) and MA (2011) at Queen’s from the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies, where I focused on critical sport and health sociology. My employment experience has primarily been in the fields of institutional equity and urban women’s health. I have most recently been a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto.

Having grown up in Toronto, I am fascinated by the dynamics and politics of the “urban.” My interests in cities range from sport mega events to slum upgrading to the social determinants of health. While my research is global, I remain grounded in the politics and pedagogies of my home on unceded and treatied Indigenous territories, be it in Toronto, Vancouver, or Kingston.

I currently live in Kingston with my partner, Mark. We moved here with our dog, Marley, who spent his best puppy years playing in Kingston’s Skeleton Park. Outside of work I can often be found fumbling around on the fiddle, reading novels, or looking for local pick-up soccer games. 


  • PhD – University of British Columbia (Geography)
  • MA, BA/BPHE – Queen’s University (Kinesiology and Health Studies)


Research Interests:

My scholarly work unpacks practices of urban economic development. It builds relationships between global and anti/decolonial urbanism, critical development studies, health sociology, and critical race feminist geographies.

My current focus is on the social and economic dynamics of urban infrastructural development. I ask questions such as: How do low-income, racialized communities grapple with state-led upgrading efforts in Brazilian favelas? How does FIFA negotiate with local authorities over the locations of World Cup stadiums? How do communities build their own “public” infrastructure (such as park areas) in the shadow of state-led projects? And how does non-valued work – such as breastfeeding – become distributed through urban infrastructures of human milk banking? I pursue questions such as these in North America, South America, and Africa.

Graduate Student Supervision:

I am interested in supervising students at both the Master’s and Doctoral level pursuing research in global urban infrastructure, social reproduction, bioeconomies, and urban political ecology. Please be in touch via email for specific details about funding packages.  Please click here (pdf, 115kB) for more detailed information about current opportunities.


Curriculum Vitae (PDF 233 kB)