Dr Michael Simpson

Dr Michael Simpson


Researcher profile

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Research areas

Michael Simpson joined the School in 2020. He holds a PhD in Geography from the University of British Columbia. His research lies in the subfields of political ecology and urban geography, with a focus on the geographies of settler colonialism and racial capitalism.

His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Transactions, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Progress in Human Geography, Environment and Planning D, Environment and Planning E, Geoforum, Political Geography, Urban Geography, and Dialogues in Human Geography, among others. He is also co-author with Rueben George of It Stops Here: Standing up for our lands, our waters, and our people (Penguin Random House Canada). 

His publications have won several awards, including the Early Career Researcher Award from the journal Political Geography, the Early Career Researcher Award from the journal Urban Geography, and the Professional Geographer Award from the American Association of Geographers' Energy & Environment Specialty Group. He is also the recipient of a Royal Society of Edinburgh Early Career Researcher Personal Research Fellowship. 

He is currently completing a monograph on the political ecology of settler colonial and racial capitalist infrastructure in Vancouver, B.C. 

PhD supervision

  • Andreas Makris
  • Jessica Hogan
  • Richard Marenbach
  • Joshua Hazelbower
  • Alejandra Pizarro Choy

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