Rachel Goffe

Rachel Goffe
Assistant Professor
Telephone number
647-601-4533 (email preferred)
Building HL 544

Teaching Interests

  • GGRB13 Social Geography (UTSC)
  • GGRD49 Land and Land Conflicts in the Americas (UTSC)
  • JPG1825 Black Geographies of the Atlantic (UTSG)

Research Interests

I am a geographer and a licensed architect. My work is concerned with place-making, livelihood and how these aspects of life are shaped through, and in tension with, public policy. My research is primarily sited in Jamaica where I am from originally and has focused on the encounter between recent policy to curtail squatting and traditions of Black life that emerged through durable yet insecure possession of small parcels of land.

  • ·       Black Geographies
  • ·       Racial capitalism
  • ·       Caribbean Studies
  • ·       Land, livelihood and informal economies
  • ·       Social reproduction
  • ·       Urban-rural interfaces

Awards and Grants

Connaught New Researcher Award, 2021 



Goffe, R. (in press). “What Lies Here, beyond Boundary?” Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism. 73(3).

Goffe, R. and N. Luke. (2024). “What does capital consume? Racial capitalism and the social reproduction of surplus people.” Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. OnlineFirst.

Goffe, R. (2024) “Capture Land as Abolition Geography: The Mutuality of Placemaking and Flight.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 42(1): 17–35.

Goffe, R. (2023) “Capture Land: Anti-Squatting Policy as Processual Land Grab in Jamaica.” In Routledge Handbook of Global Land and Resource Grabbing. Andreas Neef, Chanrith Ngin, Tsegaye Moreda, and Sharlene Mollett, editors. Routledge.

Goffe, R. (2023) “Reproducing the Plot: Making Life in the Shadow of Premature Death.” Special Issue, Outside the Wage. Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography. 55(4): 985-1295.