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Associate Professor Sheryl-Ann Simpson

Migration, place and citizenship; Environmental justice, health and well-being; Spatial analysis (participatory, quantitative, qualitative, interpretive)

Degrees:BSc (Ag) (McGill), MA (Clark), PhD (Cornell)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 8741
Office:Loeb A329


My research and teaching are informed by an interest in the ways in which states and communities interact in place. So for example, how are government policies and programs implemented or translated into everyday experiences; how do community members use, narrate and shape their environments; and in turn how do those actions and stories influence new government policies and programs. I focus this general interest through questions around citizenship and immigration, and environmental justice and urban health.These interests also reflect my interdisciplinary training centred around social planning and community development with stops in political science, biology and geography.The second half of my research and teaching focuses on research methodologies and methods thinking about the ways in which we can better address the questions above. In my own work I combine quantitative, qualitative and interpretive spatial methods with participant observation, visual (and sensory) studies, archival research, community design and participatory methods.All of my work is strongly informed by both feminist and critical perspectives, and so praxis – bringing together ideas, and action – and a focus on using methods and technology to promote increased social justice are also important links between all of my research.

2023 – 2024 On Sabbatical

Selected Publications

Multiscalar motivations for immigration politics and policymaking in US cities. Cities. 126.
(With M. Anne Visser and Laura Daly)

2020 Planning beyond mass incarceration, Journal of Planning Education and Research. 40(2):130-138.
(with Justin Steil and Aditi Mehta)

2019 ‘Rural sound-space: A restless quiet and an active silence’. In Karolina Doughty, Michelle Duffy, Theresa Harada (eds). Sounding Places: More-Than-Representational Geographies of Sound and Music. pp97-108. Cheltenham: Edward-Elgar Publishing.

2019 #OurChangingClimate: Building networks of community resilience through social media and design. GeoHumanties. 5(1):1-17, DOI: 10.1080/2373566X.2019.1575761
(with N. Claire Napawan and Brett Snyder)

2018. Determinants of county migrant regularization policymaking in the United States: Understanding temporal and spatial realities. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. DOI: 10.1177/0308518X18797134
(co-author with M. Anne Visser)

2017. Spatial patterns of international migrant resident settlement and incorporation in Winnipeg Manitoba. Population Space and Place, 23: e2060. DOI: 10.1002/psp.2060.

2015. Negotiating places of incorporation: Comparing the practices of community development organisations in immigration and incorporation. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 4(12):1978-2000. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2015.1022515

2014. New Migrant Cities: An Atlas of Sorts, archived: