• Social Geography

    Social Geography

    Focusing on the relationship between social life and geographical patterns of change

Social Geography

Social geography focuses on the relationship between social life and geographical patterns of change at various scales. At McMaster we are interested in both rural and urban settlements, present and past, and continue to do research in North America and the developing world. We are using a variety of theoretical perspectives including feminism, political economy, and postcolonialism, and diverse methodological tools, in order to understand topics that include disability, urban quality of life, health and health care, formal and informal caregiving, gender and legal issues, housing, suburban development, and colonial urbanism. Social geographers with graduate degrees from McMaster obtain jobs in a range of fields including housing, public health, planning, and education. Many have gone on to academic careers in leading departments of Geography in Canada and around the world.


School of Geography and Earth Sciences | McMaster University has 5 registered members
Vera Chouinard
Professor
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Research Interests:

Geography of gender; Geographies of disability; Disability in the Global South; Experiences and representations of mental ill health; The inclusion and exclusion of women in northern Canadian communities; Emotions and diversity in the Occupy movement.

Richard Harris
Professor
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Research Interests:

Housing; Suburban development; Urban social geography; Urban historical geography; Canadian and US cities in the twentieth century; Urban development in the British colonies.

Michael Mercier
Assistant Professor
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Research Interests:

Human geography; Urban geography & planning; Population studies; Geographies of health & health-care; Urban social geography; Globalization; Geographies of economic activity; Geopolitics & politcal geography; Uneven development & global inequalities; Issues in human & environmental interactions; Regional geography; Human geographic field study.

Not currently accepting graduate students.

Allison Williams
Professor, CIHR Research Chair in Gender, Work and Health
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Research Interests:

Therapeutic landscapes; Informal/family caregiving; Home/community health care; Urban health/quality of life; Health determinants; Women's health; Sense of place; Rural health/care; Health care services/policy; Program planning and evaluation.

Robert Wilton
Professor, Associate Director (Undergraduate): SGES
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Research Interests:

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

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