Graduate student research

Students in the Master of Arts in Geography program are required to complete an independent research project as part of their studies. All theses and major research papers by our graduate students are listed below.

  • Adam Fischer (2018) “A Domestic Geography of Money: How Mortgage Debt, Home Prices and Toronto’s Condominiums “Prop Up” the Canadian Economy” (thesis) (Supervisor: Phil Mackintosh)
  • Daniel Amoak (2018) “Combating desertification in Semi-Arid Ghana: An analysis of rainfall trends and resilience in the Upper East Region” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Tony Shaw)
  • Connor Dingle (2017) “Mobile Technology and Reconstituting Place at the Matheson Learning Commons” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Catherine Nash)
  • Andrew McCartan (2017) “Glasgow’s Queer Battleground” (thesis) (Supervisor: Catherine Nash)
  • Alexandru Raileanu (2017) ‘”Wisdom and International Migration: A study of Romanian immigrants in Ontario” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Dragos Simandan)
  • Maame Achiaa Agymang (2016) “Climate Change, Food Security and Vulnerability in Northern Ghana’s Upperwest Region” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Anthony Shaw)
  • Diana Owusaa (2016) “The Role of Transnational Funeral Celebrations in connecting Ghanaian (Akan) Women in Toronto to Ghana” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Michael Ripmeester)
  • Michael Ayerh K. Ayerteh (2016) “Social and Environmental Impact of Large Scale Mining in Ghana: A case study of the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Assembly’ (major research paper) (Supervisor: David Butz)
  • Cody Vinnai (2016) “Feasibility Assessment of Norfolk County for Hazelnut Production” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Anthony Shaw)
  • Razu Ahmed (2016) “Assessing landscape-scale changes in shrub proliferation in Old Crow Flats, Yukon using remote-sensing approaches” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Kevin Turner)
  • Denyelle Huelleman (2016) “Consuming Niagara’s Agricultural Landscapes: A Regional Assessment of the Constraints and Opportunities for Developing a Sustainable Agritourism Destination” (thesis) (Supervisor: Chris Fullerton).
    • Winner of the 2017 Best MA Thesis, Graduate Research Writing Award for the Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Paul Tayler (2016) “Student Commuting Patterns and their Effects on Readiness to Learn and Academic Achievement” (thesis) (Supervisor: Chris Fullerton).
  • Rick Epp (2016) “Coming Out by Staying In: Men Who Have Sex with Men in the Niagara Region and How They Represent Themselves On-Line” (thesis) (Supervisors: Michael Ripmeester and Ebru Ustundag)
  • Paolo Russumanno (2015) “Art is the New Steel’: Marketing Creative Urbanism in Twenty-First Century Hamilton, Ontario” (thesis) (Supervisor: Phil Mackintosh).
  • David Szymanski (2015) “The emerging militarization of Canadian Sport, Space, and Society” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Phil Mackintosh)
  • Towfika Islam (2015) “Impacts of Climate Change on Rice Production in the North-Western Region of Bangladesh”(major research paper) (Supervisor: Tony Shaw)
  • Edna Abanga (2015) “Access to health care services in Ghana” (major research paper) (Supervisor: David Butz)
  • Emmanuel Kyeremeh (2015) “Exploring the discourse of skill/s mismatch in Ghana” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Jeff Boggs)
  • Myda Khatcherian (2015) “Is green the new black? An analysis of sustainable consumer discourses in Elle Canada and Fashion Magazine” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Mike Ripmeester)
  • Warren Jenkinson (2015) “Geographical applications for sound walks” (thesis) (Supervisor: David Butz)
  • Tomasz Wierzba (2014) “Transforming Downtown St. Catharines into a ‘Creative Cluster’” (thesis) (Supervisor: Mike Ripmeester)
  • Micheal Boateng (2014)  “Rethinking fiscal decentralization policies in developing economies: the case of Ghana” (thesis) (Supervisor: Jeff Boggs)
  • Pushpa Hamal (2014) “Rural road construction in the Global South: how does process shape outcome?” (major research paper) (Supervisor: David Butz)
  • Oscar Asiedu Kuffour (2014) “Disaster risk reduction in the human security perspective: the case of urban Ghana” (major research paper) (Supervisor: David Butz)
  • Lisa Arblaster (2013) “Impacts of climate change on agricultural drought and yield amounts in the Prairie Region, Canada” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Tony Shaw)
  • Heather Whipple (2013) “Extraterestrial human geographies” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Dragos Simandan)
  • Kerrie Pickering (2013) “Assessing the Adaptive Capacity of the Wine Industry for Climate Change Adaptation: A Case Study of the Ontario Wine Industry” (thesis) (Supervisor: Tony Shaw)
  • Sara Epp (2013) “Competing and Conflicting Land Uses at the Rural-Urban Interface: Understanding the Impacts of Residential Developments on Agricultural Landscapes” (thesis) (Supervisor: Chris Fullerton)
  • Mert Coskan (2013) “Illegal Aliens and the Inconspicuous Geographies of US Immigration and Border Policing within 100 miles of the US-Canada Border” (thesis) (Supervisor: Dragos Simandan)
  • Jess Barber (2012) “Technologies of the Sexual Encounter: Grindr and Urban Gay Places” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Catherine Nash)
  • Richard Lagani (2012) “Door Locks and Domestic Space: Unlocking Key Knowledge of the Home” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Mike Ripmeester)
  • Natalie Currie (2012) “The Art of Resisting Colonial Education” (thesis) (Supervisor: Mike Ripmeester)
  • Meithili Mitchell (2012) “Eclipsing Renewable Energy: Ignorance, Indifference, and Inaction” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Jeff Boggs)
  • Pius Siakwah (2011) “Defying the Resource Curse Thesis: A Test Case for the Emerging Oil and Gas Industry in Ghana” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Dragos Simandan)
  • Ian Wood (2011) “The Neoliberalisation of Street Vending Policy in Lima, Peru: The Contested Politics of Citizenship, Property and Public Space in the Production of a New Urban Marginality” (thesis) (Supervisor: Ebru Ustundag)
  • Victoria Tasker (2011) “Application of Geomatics Technologies to Characterize Spatial Variability at Stratus Vineyards” (thesis) (Supervisor: Marilyne Jollineau)
  • Kayla Rell (2011) “New Urbanism and Smart Growth Ideas: Critical Evaluation and Assessment of Niagara Region Residential Communities” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Chris Fullerton)
  • Lisa Combe (2011) “Gendering the Economic Geography of Real Estate Investing in Niagara, Ontario” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Dragos Simandan)
  • Raphael Atanga (2011) “Tourism and Sustainable Development in Ghana: A Case Study of the Paga Crocodile Ponds” (major research paper) (Supervisor: David Butz)
  • Katie Hemsworth (2010) “Personal Soundtracks on Public Transit: Personal Listening Devices and the Socio-Spatial Negotiations of Students’ Bus Journeys” (thesis) (Supervisor: David Butz)
  • Ayure-Inaga Mark Anthony Agana (2010) “Sustainability and the Management of Common-Pool Resources: The Case of Irrigation Farming in the Upper East Region of Ghana” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Chris Fullerton)
  • Anokye Owusu Kwarteng (2010) “Race and Ethnic Relations in Canada: The Case of Visible Minority Immigrants’ Socioeconomic Outcomes” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Jeff Boggs)
  • Kirby Calvert (2009) “Scales, Networking and Uncertainty: An Examination of Environmental Policy-making in Ontario” (thesis) (Supervisor: Dragos Simandan)