Siiri Pyykkönen is a visiting PhD scholar in Human Geography from the University of Turku, Finland. She is interested in the political processes and power relations that are forming urban landscapes. In her research, she is examining, how landscape is seen as a property in urban planning processes, why urban landscapes are what they are and how the rights to control and transform landscape are distributed.
Marina Chavez is pursuing a master’s degree in human Geography with a focus on the regulation of poverty. She is specifically interested in trying to understand the Law’s role in the management and social construction of poverty as it relates to the built environment. As an undergraduate, she was involved in research relating to homelessness in the United States and seeks to use her past experiences to inform on her research going forward. Her goal is to use her research as a mechanism for activism and social understanding.
Terri Evans is a PhD student in Geography with research interests relating to the regulation of the homeless and precariously housed. In particular, Terri is interested in homeless tent settlements as contested spaces where state actors and agents attempt to regulate the structures, people, and behaviours associated with this informal form of housing, and where supporters offer resistance.
Claire Shapton is pursuing a MA in Human Geography. She is interested in the intersections of urban activism, planning, housing precarity, and property performance. Her undergraduate research documented and analyzed the successful campaign of a community-based organization in Portland, Oregon, for strategic anti-displacement rezoning of mobile home neighborhoods.
Alain LeTourneau is pursuing an MA in Human Geography. His research explores various agency-oriented or bottom-up approaches to affordable urban housing, specifically British Columbia's rental housing co-operatives; North American co-housing as it appears in Portland, Oregon in the U.S. and in Vancouver, Canada; as well as Northern European building groups in the Netherlands and Germany.
Simon Goodspeed is pursuing a Masters degree in Urban Studies. He is interested in the social regulation of space, practices of inclusion and exclusion, and the role they play in urban processes. His proposed research is an analysis of how health care strategies in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside are both informed by and influence changing urban demographics and the constitution of neighbourhoods.
Trevor Wideman is a PhD scholar in Geography investigating the links between urban planning and property. He is particularly interested in the ways that planning acts to mediate the contentious politics of real property in land, and how unconventional conceptions of land use might arise to reallocate power in the city.
Natalia Perez is a PhD scholar in Geography investigating the material and symbolic effects that land property rights interventions have on social ordering, as well as in making –and remaking- space. She is particularly interested in exploring the effects of policies on land restitution, formalization and rural development in an agrarian frontier located in the eastern plains of Colombia, known as the “Altillanura”, under a conflict and post-conflict context.