I am Professor of Geography at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. I am a geographer, with a general interest in law, and a particular interest in property in land. I see property as lively, performative, ethical, and spatial. I have sought to reveal the centrality of property to a diversity of lived conflicts and social relations. I have traced the geographies of property through multiple research sites, including the analysis of gentrification, urban gardening, the municipal regulation of panhandling and, most recently, indigenous-state treaties.
I am currently engaged in team-based research on the use of ‘area restrictions’ included in bail and sentencing conditions imposed in the context of criminal proceedings involving marginalized groups of people. I am also part of a large collaborative project exploring the liquidation of Japanese-Canadian property after WWII. I am interested in bringing together philosophical pragmatism and performativity theory to take seriously the enactments of property.
Please contact me for more information on my research and teaching, or for graduate research opportunities.
Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University , Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6 , Canada
tel: 778 782 3713
Research Gate: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nicholas_Blomley