From the Canadian Association of Geographers (PDF available here):
Linda Peake has been at the forefront of research in feminist geography for three decades. She has published extensively on women, work and family relations in the Anglo-Caribbean, and has maintained a long collaborative relationship for research, training and advocacy with the Red Thread grassroots women’s organization in Guyana. This work has also informed her numerous important contributions on processes of geographic knowledge production, and especially the development of feminist, collaborative and transnational research methods. Her theoretical work on the intersection of race and gender has been influential in human geography and beyond, and her contributions to urban theory have developed our thinking about the spatialities of inequality, poverty, racism, violence and subject formation. Over the last few years, Dr Peake has led a collective reflection on issues of wellness and mental health in the academy, foregrounding critical issues that have never been fully discussed in our field. This latter work has led to Dr Peake co-leading an AAG task force on the issue, and mobilizing discussions in the Canadian academy. Finally, as a leader in the development of feminist thinking in Geography, she has contributed important analyses and histories of the emergence of critical and radical approaches in the discipline as a whole.
Dr Peake has also provided scholarly leadership through extensive editorial work. She was one of the founding editors of Social and Cultural Geography (1998-2001) and was the Managing Editor of Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography (2002-2008). From 2013-2016 she was the Social Geography section editor for the AAG-Wiley International Encyclopedia of Geography. Most recently, she has edited (with Alison Bain) a textbook for undergraduate students (Urbanization in a Global Context, Oxford University Press, 2017), which frames Canadian urban processes within wider global trends.
Dr Peake’s work has been recognized with distinguished scholarship awards from three different specialty groups of the AAG (Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group, 2016; the Jan Monk Service Award of the Geographic Perspectives On Women (GPOW) Specialty Group, 2015; and the Julian Minghi Outstanding Research Award from the Political Geography Study Group in 2004). Within York University she has received distinguished research honours, and has energetically led both York’s Centre for Feminist Research and the City Institute. Through the City Institute, Dr Peake is now leading a major research initiative on gender and urbanism in the Global South under a SSHRC Partnership Grant.
Linda Peake is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of geography, urban studies, and women’s studies, and has contributed both the highest quality of scholarship and practical leadership in these fields. She is an eminently worth recipient of the CAG’s Distinguished Scholarship honours.