Geographies of disability; Geographies of addiction and mental health; Social geographies of exclusion.
Dr. Robert Wilton earned a 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 "problem" 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 political capacity of such groups to contest their exclusion. Much of his research has focused specifically on the exclusion 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 psychiatric survivors to document the negative impacts of poverty and poor housing on the community integration of people living with mental illness. Lastly, he is currently collecting primary data for a SSHRC-funded project on the social geography of drug/alcohol addiction treatment programs.
- Geog 2UI3 (Course Outline): Cities in a Changing World, (Term One), 2017-18
- Geog 2TS3 (Course Outline): Society and Space, (Term Two), 2017-18
- Geog 3MA3 (Course Outline): Research Methods in Human Geography, (Term Two) 2017-18
- Geog 3MF3 (Course Outline): Field Study in Human Geography, (Term One) 2017-18
- Geog 729: Appplied Social Theories in Human Geography, 2017-18