We are recruiting MA students for Fall 2021 at Memorial University Geography. Interested applicants should send a CV to Dr. Yolande Pottie-Sherman at firstname.lastname@example.org and Dr. Julia Christensen at email@example.com. Our department’s application deadline is January 15, 2021.
If accepted into the program, MA students will:
- complete our 2-year MA program in Geography, and develop thesis projects related to project objectives (see below)
- receive a basic minimum funding package of $17,500CAD per year
- be co-supervised by Dr. Yolande Pottie-Sherman (Assistant Professor, Memorial University, Department of Geography) and Dr. Julia Christensen (Canada Research Chair in Northern Governance and Public Policy)
Canada’s Federal, Provincial, and Territorial governments have promoted both immigration and temporary labour migration to the Canadian North. But these new populations may encounter significant housing insecurity as many cities across the Canadian North face acute housing shortages. To date, however, there has been no systematic study of the implications of international migration on housing infrastructure in Northern communities, nor the housing experiences of recent migrants to Northern cities. To fill this gap, this project undertakes a comparative analysis of three urbanizing centres: 1) Whitehorse, Yukon; 2) Yellowknife, Northwest Territories; and 3) Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland & Labrador.
This research will: 1) compare the housing barriers of newcomers in these locations; 2) examine the impact of international migration on their infrastructure and services; 3) consider how barriers can be addressed; and 4) promote social action through a graphic design output meant to engage the Northern public. We use the term ‘newcomer’ as an umbrella term encompassing different recent arrival experiences and diverse senses of home, including immigrants admitted as permanent residents, migrant workers, former refugees, and international students.
Given that housing is a crucial dimension of (re)settlement and strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19, this project will also consider how the pandemic has impacted the housing and mobility circumstances of communities in these locations.
Qualifications: Candidates should have a 75 or better average, strong interest and/or experience in one or more of the following fields: housing; international migration; urbanization in the North; and Atlantic Canada. We especially encourage candidates interested in developing an intersectional approach to the study of Northern housing, which includes an understanding of housing insecurity within Indigenous communities in addition to other housing insecure groups, including newcomers. Northern and Indigenous students are particularly encouraged to apply, as are students with fluency in Tagalog, Arabic, Mandarin, or Hindi.
For more information about the Department of Geography at Memorial University, see: https://www.mun.ca/geog/