Robert Wilton
Robert Wilton
Professor, Associate Director (Undergraduate): SEES
General Science Building, Rm 207
(905) 525-9140 ext. 24536
(905) 546-0463

Dr. Robert Wilton earned a Hons. B.A. at the University of Hull (UK) and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. His research is broadly concerned with the social geographies of exclusion. He is interested in (1) the ways that some groups within society are excluded from valued environments, (2) the ways in which this exclusion reproduces the marginal or problem status of such groups, and (3) the capacity of such groups to contest their exclusion. Much of his research has focused specifically on the experiences of people with disabilities. His doctoral work, for example, examined the origins of community opposition to housing for disabled persons. More recently, his work has focused on three topics. He is completing SSHRC-funded research on the exclusion of disabled persons from spaces of paid employment, and the strategies used by individuals to overcome this exclusion. He is working with a coalition of people living with mental illness to document the negative impacts of poverty and poor housing on quality of life and social participation. 

Geographies of disability; Geographies of addiction and mental health; Social geographies of exclusion.

  • Geog 2TS3 (Course Outline): Society and Space, (Term Two), 2018-19
  • Geog 3MA3 (Course Outline): Research Methods in Human Geography, (Term Two) 2018-19
  • Geog 3TP3 ( Course Outline): Power, Politics and Place, (Term Two) 2018-19
  • Geog 729: Appplied Social Theories in Human Geography, 2018-19

Hall, E. and Wilton, R. 2016. Towards a relational geography of disability. Progress in Human Geography (revised and resubmitted)

Wilton R , Fudge-Schormans A, Marquis N 2016. "The mall is where I pick up girls": shopping, social inclusion and people with intellectual disabilities. Geoforum (in review)

Evans J and Wilton R. 2016. "I was a person that was not good with people": mental ill health and social enterprises as spaces of encounter. Area (in press)

Marquis, B. Jung, B., Fudge-Schormans, A., Lukmanji, S., Wilton, R. 2016. Developing inclusive educators: enhancing the accessibility of teaching and learning in higher education. International Journal for Academic Development (in press)

Marquis, B. Jung, B., Fudge-Schormans, A., Lukmanji, S., Wilton, R. 2016. Charting the landscape of accessible education for post-secondary students with disabilities. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies (in press)

Buhariwala, P., Wilton, R. and Evans, J. 2015. Social Enterprises as Enabling Workplaces for People with Mental Illness Disability and Society 30(6) 865-879.

Wilton, R. , Deverteuil, G. and Evans, J. 2014. "You've got to change who you are": identity, place, and the remaking of masculinity in drug treatment programs. Transactions, Institute of British Geographers 39(2): 291-303.

Marquis, B. Jung, B., Fudge-Schormans, A. Vajoczki, S., Wilton, R. et al 2013. Creating, Resisting or Neglecting Change: Exploring the Complexities of Accessible Education for Students with Disabilities. Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 3(2): 1-18

Devotta, K., Wilton, R. and Yiannikoulias, N. 2013. Assessing change in print media representations of disabled persons. Disability and Rehabilitation 35: 1859-1868

Wilton, R. and Moreno, C. 2012. Critical geographies of drugs and alcohol. Social and Cultural Geography 13(2), 99-108.

Scott, D., Dam, I., Paez, A. and Wilton, R. 2012. Investigating the effects of social influence on the choice to telework. Environment and Planning A 44 1016 - 1031.

Love, M., Wilton, R. , and Deverteuil, G. 2011. "You have to make a new way of life": Women's Drug Treatment Programs as Therapeutic Landscapes. Gender Place and Culture 19 (3), 382-396.

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