Assistant Professor and Queen's National Scholar
Educational and Professional Background
B.A. The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus Jamaica
MES York University
PhD York University
Research and Teaching Interests:
Black Geographies, Political Ecology, Geographies of Waste, Global Environmental Politics, Development Impact of Industrial Extraction, Informal Economies & Labour Markets in the Global South
My immediate research interest remains focused on unpacking the idea of waste-as-commodity and exploring the ability of waste in commodity form to transform local geographies as it traverses geo-political borders. In paying particular attention to the tensions, conflicts and the socio-ecological, and spatial transformations produced, and the livelihoods shaped as a result of the circulation of things, my research offers critical insights into global material flows and the connections, ruptures, and (dis)articulations that define such flows across space, creating in its wake distinct, uneven, racial/ethnic geographies and landscapes.
How I work
My work is grounded in black, and transnational political ecologies, and the growing field of discard studies. Because my research happens in and with community, I employ qualitative methodologies which include ethnography, case study, interviews, and participant observation.
In addition to my academic training, I bring to the classroom professional consulting experience with clients from the public and private sectors.
I am open to supervising students with complementary research interests. At this time, I am not accepting international students interested in the master’s program.