Past Students

Current Students

Eda Acara

Ph.D.| Email:

E Acara

E Acara

Research Interests

My research interests draw from a number of topics, which include cultural geographies of memory, place and spatiality, environmental geographies of neoliberalism in the Global South and postcolonial and feminist geographies of Middle East. I am also interested in alternative methods for knowledge production and dissemination, such as digital maps and environmental history databases.

With my current PhD dissertation, I look at social constructions of river pollution in Turkey, specifically Ergene River. Located at the Thrace region of Turkey, the Ergene River, a tributary of the Meric (Maritza) River crosses the border between Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey. The river is considered a “dead river,” with level four pollution, according to the Turkish Ministry of Environment (2004). Through an examination of environmental narratives and contextualizing these narratives within the neoliberal development and changing environmental governance strategies of the current government, I explore the conflict geographies of pollution across different ethnic local communities and between communities and the state in an era of neoliberal water and pollution governance.

I work in the Editorial Board of Feminist Critique (FE) Journal since 2009, published by Ankara University, Turkey. In the past, some of my articles were published by several non-academic publications such as local newspapers and/or journals.

Academic Publications:

  1. Acara, Eda. 2010. “The Militarization of Henna”. Fe Journal 2(2). Ankara, Turkey.
  2. Acara, Eda. 2010. “A Case Study on the discourse of Women`s Conscientious Objection in Turkey”. MA Thesis: St. Mary`s University, Halifax, Canada.
  3. Acara, Eda and Saritas, Ezgi.“Image of Women in new Turkish commercials: I would both be a mother and have a career at the same time”. 2004. 1st Interdisciplinary Meeting on Women’s Studies Symposium Book 2. Yeditepe University, Istanbul

Conference papers and workshops

  1. Acara, Eda. (2012). Colors of the Nation. Paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geography (AAG), New York.
  2. Acara, Eda. (October 2011) Water, Fish and Bowl: Translocal Ecologies Mobile Workship. Workshop participant, Kingston, Ontario.
  3. Acara, Eda. (2011). Counter-geographies of non-violence: Discourse of Women`s Consicentious Objectors in Turkey. Paper presentation at Women`s World Conference, Ottawa. (Travel funded by Queen`s University, Geography department).
  4. Acara, Eda. (2011) Sur-veil-ling Borders: The Gaze on Veiled Muslim Women Bodies. Session moderation at Women`s World Conference, Ottawa.
  5. Acara, Eda. (2007). Harem Suare by Pornoscope. Paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Chicago, IL, USA (Travel funded by Science Research Council of Turkey and St. Mary’s University)
  6. Acara, Eda. (2007). Militarism and Nationalism During the Years of War: Cross Comparative Literature of Zabel Yaseyan, Halide Edib Adıvar and Nezihe Muhiddin. Paper presentation at the Women and Gender Studies Weekly Meetings, Middle East Technical University, Ankara.

Meghan Brooks

Ph.D.| Email:

M Brooks


Diversity Consultant at the City of Ottawa (2015-present)

As a Diversity Consultant, I work with staff to enhance the inclusion in the workplace and equity of the City as an employer. I design and deliver equity related training and other learning opportunities for staff, participate in corporate strategic planning initiatives as means to integrate equity and inclusion as a lens through which the City conducts its business, support the internal staff advice and mediation process, and develop and host events and other programming. Check out some of the City’s equity initiatives:

Researcher/Editor- City for All Women Initiative (2014-2015)

As researcher and editor I worked with national partners (including university researchers, municipal staff, and local women’s organizations) to develop “Advancing Equity and Inclusion: A Guide for Municipalities”. The Guide contains information equity issues, examples of promising practices, and tips for enhancing equity and inclusion. Check out the guide:

Programme Officer at the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (2013-2014)

As Programme Officer I was responsible for overseeing the implementation of UNESCO’s social science programs in Canada. I managed the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD), a network of over 60 municipalities committed to eliminating discrimination in municipal fields of intervention. In commemoration for CCMARD’s 10th anniversary I commissioned and edited a special issue of Canadian Diversity journal.

Check out the issue:

Research Interests:

My research interests draw from a number of topics including equity, racism/anti-racism, citizenship, belonging, and power. My Masters work examined the experiences of racism of second generation Canadians of colour and their influence on feelings of belonging in Canada. Through my PhD research I explored the factors that enable and constrain organizations doing anti-racism work. I analyzed influence of neoliberalization, backlash and geopolitics on the design and implementation of initiatives and identified strategies to mitigate their effects.

Teaching Experience:

1. Winter 2015 Geography Department, University of Ottawa

GEG 2109- Canada and its Regions

2. Winter 2014 Geography Department, University of Ottawa

GEG 2108- Contested Places

3. Fall 2012 Geography Department, Queen’s University

GPHY 227- Cities: Geography, Planning and Urban Life

4. Winter 2012 Geography Department, Queen’s University

GPHY 229- Space, Place, Culture and Social Life

Selected Publications:

1. Brooks, M. Forthcoming 2016. “Municipal Knowledge Mobilization in Canada” in Social Development Research to Promote Inclusion in Canadian Cities F. Klodawsky ed. Publisher TBD.

2. Brooks, M. 2015. “Institutionalized Antiracism: Exploring the Potential of Canadian Municipalities.” Canadian Diversity. Spring 2015

3. Brooks, M. ed. 2015. “The Fight is Ours: The Potential of Municipalities to Eliminate Discrimination.” Canadian Diversity. Spring 2015.

4. Brooks, M. and the City for All Women Initiative. 2015. Advancing Equity and Inclusion: A Guide for Municipalities. CAWI, Ottawa, ON.

5. Brooks. M. 2014. “Effective Institutionalized Antiracism: Backlash, Neoliberalization, and Geopolitics.” PhD Thesis, Department of Geography. Queen’s University; Kingston, ON.

6. Kobayashi, A., M. Brooks, S. de Leuuw, N. Lewis and C. Sutherland. 2014. “Advocacy in Geography: Getting Personal with the Politics of Social Change.” in Sage Handbook of Human Geography. R Lee et al., eds. Sage Publishers; London.

7. Brooks, M., V. Fikfak and M. Scarone-Azzi. 2012. “International Coalition of Cities against Racism: A Report of Good Practices”. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); Paris, France.

8. Brooks, M. 2008. “Imagining Canada, Negotiating Belonging: Understanding the Experiences of Racism of Second Generation Canadians of Colour”. Canadian Diversity. Volume 6:2, 75-78.

9. Brooks, M. 2008. “At Home in Canada? Second Generation Negotiations in Racism and Citizenship”. MA Thesis. Queen’s University; Kingston, ON.

Association Memberships:

  1. Canadian Association of Geographers (2006-Present)
  2. American Association of Geographers (2008-Present)

Paula Loh

M.A. | Email:

P Loh

Research Interests

I am interested in exploring Aboriginal identity, specifically how modern Aboriginal artists express their identity through their artwork as a means of communicating to the non-Aboriginal population of Canada. Traditionally, Aboriginal identity has often been expressed in art in a romanticized manner, using roles such as hunters and keepers of the land. This portrayal is a means of reinforcing a national identity of a pristine northern wilderness but does not reflect the modern reality of the majority of Canada’s Aboriginal population, as 54% now live in urban centres (2006 Census).


Roselyn Salvador

M.A.| Email:

R Salvador

Research Interests

I have an interest in exploring the socioeconomic consequences of female care givers who, through the Live-In Caregiver Program (LCP), have chosen to migrate from the Philippines to work in the Canadian informal eldercare sector. My master’s thesis will examine the care arrangements and kin impact for multi-generational family members left behind in the Philippines.

Sarah de Leeuw

Ph.D.| Email:

Associate Professor, University of Northern BC
Office: 9–383 Dr Donald Rix Northern Health Sciences Centre
Phone: (250) 960-5993

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Nathaniel M Lewis 


Lecturer, School of Geography, University of Southampton

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Emilie Cameron

Ph.D.| Email:

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Carleton University

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