Welcome to the virtual home of the Graduate Program in Geography at York University in Toronto. If you plan to apply to the program, you will find much of the information that you need on this website. Should you require further assistance, you may contact the Graduate Program Director Raju Das or the Graduate Program Assistant Yvonne Yim . We look forward to hearing from you!
York University is a youthful, diverse, and dynamic place with many collaborative research, teaching, and extracurricular opportunities for graduate students. The geography department, in particular, is renowned for its collegiality, productivity, and critical scholarship. In our graduate program you will be taught by faculty members who are leading national and international scholars in: immigration and urban social issues; the political economy and political ecology of Asia and Africa; and the physical geography of Northern Environments. Our faculty members publish regularly in, and serve in an editorial capacity for, high-profile disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals. In the last ten years, we have authored or edited over 30 books published by major scholarly presses.
Graduate Student Recruitment for Arctic Project
We are looking for potential MA or PhD students for the Geography Graduate Program at York University, to join an interdisciplinary project on water security in the Canadian Arctic. Northern peoples have strong connections with the natural environment, and are now adapting to environmental change that is challenging longstanding knowledge and practices related to water. We seek people interested in contributing to a community-based project with local partners, investigating concerns over freshwater quality and quantity related to environmental change. The project explores both social and scientific aspects of water security, linking local community concerns with novel approaches for water quality and quantity assessment.
Funding is available to support hands-on field-based research in the North, which could include participant observation, interviews with local community members, and/or the development and application of community-based assessment of freshwater resources.
The project is based out of Iqaluit, which is the capital of Nunavut and a rapidly growing city of about 7,000 in the southern Baffin region. Other possible research sites include Rankin Inlet, Arviat, and Pond Inlet, Nunavut. Students have the opportunity to spend several months per year working closely with the community.
Inuit, First Nations and Métis students are especially encouraged to apply. Previous experience working in remote or northern communities is an asset, but not essential. Please feel free to get in touch with Patricia Wood and Andrew Medeiros directly if you have any questions.