Leeann Bennett is the Grant Manager of the SSHRC Partnership Grant, “Urbanization, Gender, and the Global South: A transformative knowledge network”, with Professor Linda Peake, at the City Institute. She took on this role in November 2017. Leeann has been the coordinator of the CITY Institute since April 2017 but has worked at CITY in various roles since 2013.
Leeann has a Master's degree in Women's Studies from York University. Her research interests include sexuality studies, particularly sex work and LGBTQ activism, Caribbean studies, transnational feminism, feminist methods and methodologies, and popular culture. To contact Leeann, please email her at leeann3[at]yorku[dot]ca or genurb[at]yorku[dot]ca.
Elsa Koleth is a Post-Doctoral Visitor at the City Institute at York University. During her time at CITY Elsa will be working on the SSHRC Partnership Project “Urbanization, Gender, and the Global South: A transformative knowledge network (GenUrb)” under the leadership of Professor Linda Peake. Elsa completed her doctorate at the University of Sydney in the field of migration studies with a thesis entitled “Haunted Borders: Temporary migration and the recalibration of racialized belonging in Australia.”
During her doctoral study Elsa was a researcher in an international study funded by the Australian Research Council on Social Transformation and International Migration in the Twenty-First Century (STIM). She has previously worked in legal policy and parliamentary research roles in Australia. Elsa’s research interests include the spatialities and temporalities of processes of urbanization, migration, and mobility, transnationalism and border-making, and the shifting nature of governmentalities and subjectivities, particularly in relation to the intersections of race, gender, and class.
Nasya Razavi is a Post-Doctoral Visitor with GenUrb, leading the Cochabamba City Research Team. Nasya completed her Ph.D. at the Department of Geography & Planning at Queen's University. Her dissertation, "Social Control and Public Water," examines participatory practices in water governance, focusing on the remunicipalisation of water services in Cochabamba, Bolivia.Nasya is also affiliated with the Municipal Services Project, an international research programme on policy alternatives in municipal service delivery. Nasya has previously worked for the Government of Canada and recently as coordinator of the Next Generation program, a joint initiative between the Canadian Council for International Co-operation and the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development.
darren patrick / dp is the Publications Manager & Editor for GenUrb. They hold a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from York University and have previously taught at the Women's Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. Their research and activism bridge transfeminist and queer autonomy, queer urban ecologies, non-binary life/living, transversal politics, and the everyday place-making practices. Their writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Avery Review, and in numerous edited collections and journals, including Environment and Planning D: Society and Space and Social and Cultural Geography. Over the last several years, they have been a part of an intergenerational collective of geographers (Linda Peake, Raj Reddy, Elsa Koleth, and Gökbörü Tanyildiz) whose forthcoming edited volume A Feminist Urban Theory for Our Time: Rethinking Social Reproduction and the Urban is due to be published in 2021 as part of Wiley-Blackwell's Antipode Book Series.
Research and Graduate Assistants
Melissa Hernandez Jasso was an undergraduate student at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She studied International Relations at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, with a combination of various courses in Sociology. She worked over Summer 2018 as a Mitacs Globalink Research Assistant in the GenUrb project. Her main interests are Marxist and critical theories, feminist studies, international migration, Latin American studies, and decolonial/postcolonial studies.