2017-2018 Faculty Awards

From Left to Right: Michelle Buckley, Steven Farber, Sharlene Mollett, Michael Ekers and Rajyashree Narayanareddy

2018 recipient of the Glenda Laws Award at the AAG- Assistant Professor Sharlene Mollet

Assistant Professor Sharlene Mollett of the University of Toronto Scarborough’s Department of Human Geography and Centre for Critical Development Studies is being recognized with the AAG 2018 Glenda Laws Award, as she is an outstanding critical social geographer, who has made a significant impact on feminist political ecologies. She has been influential in establishing the study of postcolonial intersectionality through her work on Latin America.

Dr. Mollett’s work has always been critical and cutting edge. She began her career studying race, gender and property rights in Honduras. In doing so, her work brought critical race theory into discussion with political ecology, something few scholars were considering at the time. She draws from postcolonial political geographies, historical geographies of race, as well as policy documents to reveal how modern day ex-patriot tourism development reinforces historically-produced racial regimes in the region. More recently, Dr. Mollett has turned her attention to space, power, rights and development. Specifically, she is exploring how power-laden historical geographies shape present day land claims and citizen rights. She argues that development discourses continue to dehumanize Afro-descendants and Indigenous peoples in Latin America, particularly women. Notably, Dr. Mollett was invited to speak about this work as the plenary speaker for the Jan Monk Distinguished Lecture at the 2016 AAG Annual Meeting.

With her work, Dr. Mollett intends to inspire justice-oriented debates in geography and contribute to on-the ground change in development practice. Importantly, she is increasingly bringing her research and writing to audiences beyond academia, through media publications and policy documents. Overall, her work has made significant contributions to discussions of race and gender in geography.

Dr. Sharlene Mollett is a most deserving recipient of the AAG 2018 Glenda Laws Award.

2018 Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group's Emerging Scholar Award- Steven Farber

Steve Farber has won the 2018 Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group's Emerging Scholar Award. "The emerging scholar award honors early- to mid-career scholars who have made significant contributions to education and research initiatives that are congruent with the mission of AAG-SAM, which is to foster and maintain interaction, cooperation and community among individuals interested in the analysis of geo-referenced data, modeling of spatio-temporal processes, and the use of analytical and computational techniques in solving geographic problems. The candidates must have received their Ph.D. within the last 10 years and must be a member of the AAG-SAM at the time that the person is being nominated. Congratulations to Assistant Professor Steven Farber.

SSHRC Insight Grant- Assistant Professors Rajyashree Narayanareddy and Michael Ekers

Insight Grants support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. It enables scholars to address complex issues pertaining to individuals and societies, and to further our collective understanding.The Insight Grants funding opportunity supports research proposed by scholars and judged worthy of funding by their peers and/or other experts. Congratulations to both Assistant Professors Rajyashree Narayanareddy and Michael Ekers.

SSHRC Partnership Development Grant- Assistant Professor Michelle Buckley

Partnership Development Grants provide support over one to three years to teams/partnerships, led by a project director, to:

  • develop research and related activities in the social sciences and humanities, including knowledge mobilization and the meaningful involvement of students and new scholars, by fostering new partnerships for research and related activities involving existing and/or potential partners; or
  • design and test new partnership approaches for research and/or related activities that may result in best practices or models that either can be adapted by others or have the potential to be scaled up to a regional, national or international level.

Partnership funding is intended for teams working in formal collaboration between postsecondary institutions and/or organizations of various types.

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Michelle Buckley.