Student profiles

Meet our current students in the Master of Arts in Geography program, and learn more about our alumni who have gone onto fulfilling careers and further education across the globe.

Current Students

Lina Adeetuk

Thesis stream

Hometown: Sandema, Upper East Region, Ghana
Degree held: Bachelor of Arts in Geography

Supervisor: David Butz
Thesis title: Rural Youth’s Perspectives on the Significance and Impacts of New Roads: The Case of Kaasa- Zogsa Road, Builsa North District, Ghana
Research interests: My research interested is situated broadly on ‘Geographies of Development.’ Specifically, I am interested in investigating the politics of mobility, food security, and rural development with a regional focus on Africa.

Why did you choose the MA in GEOG program at Brock? I was attracted to the MA Geography program at Brock due to the rigorous training and small nature of the program which is very useful for my career path

Daniel Anane

Supervisor: David Telfer

Research interests: Sustainable rural tourism development

Jared Bala

Supervisor: Phillip Mackintosh

Joshua Boadi

Supervisor: Atsuko Hashimoto

Research interests: Sustainable tourism in Ghana, gender-based dynamics, rural participation

Rebekah Casey (Kraulis)

Thesis stream

Hometown: Grimsby, Ontario
Degree held: Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Tourism and Environment, Tourism Management Stream, Brock University

Supervisor: Chris Fullerton
Thesis title: There’s No Place Like (Rural) Home: Why People Choose Rural Despite Decline
Research interests: My research is focused on rural communities across Canada that are facing decline and/or hardship, and why residents choose to stay in the community despite decline. I am also interested in how this attachment and commitment to place impacts sustainable, community-based development in rural communities.

Why did you choose the MA in GEOG program at Brock? I chose the MA in Geography program at Brock because I felt that after my four years in the department during my undergraduate degree that I wasn’t done! I love the staff and faculty in our department so much, and knew I still had so much to learn from them. I also discovered my love for all things rural late in my degree, and wanted a chance to really explore that passion.

Anthony Crocco-Montagano

Degree held: Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Tourism and Environment, Brock University

Supervisor: David Brown

Aaron Geraghty

Supervisor: Mike Ripmeester

Research interests: Designing urban spaces for people with cognitive disabilities

Jennica Giesbrecht

Supervisor: Ebru Ustundag

About: “I have lived most of my life in St. Catharines and have been involved in various communities and networks here. I have just completed my undergraduate degree in Women’s and Gender Studies at Brock. I am interested in the application of critical intersectional feminist thought to all subjects, and am excited to consider human geography through this lens. I am interested in lots of different research areas, but I am particularly interested in investigating the relationship between emotional and health geographies. I would like to consider how various institutions impact individuals’ experiences and understandings of their bodies, health, and subjectivities. I am excited to get started and to meet you all!”

Julia Hamill, graduate student in MA in Geography program. Standing in front of a gate with her bicycle

Julia Hamill

Thesis stream

Degree Held: Bachelor of Arts & Science in Cognitive Science and Linguistics, McGill University

Background: Julia received her undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science and Linguistics from McGill University, where she studied multilingual signage in the linguistic landscape of Montreal. After graduating, she spent several years cycling across Europe and parts of Asia, working in remote backcountry mountain lodges, and working in Tajikistan as a grant writing and reporting consultant for local NGOs. These experiences have led her to confront questions surrounding mobility, modernization, social change, and the role of development actors in mountain communities of northern Pakistan and Central Asia, which she plans to investigate through Brock’s Master of Arts in Geography.

Supervisor: David Butz
Research Interests:

  • Mobility (including infrastructure development, educational/labour migration, and tourism) and social change
  • Perceptions of and relationships between INGOs and local communities
  • Geographic focus: Central Asia and northern Pakistan

Abigail Mensah

Supervisor: David Fennell

Nikki McIntyre (She/Her)

Major research paper stream

Hometown: Clachan, Ontario
Degrees held: Bachelor of Arts, Geography and Sociology Double Major, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Supervisor: Chris Fullerton
MRP working title: Assessing elements of rural community planning with a focus on sustainability and participatory action
Research interests: I am interested in planning for sustainable futures in rural areas or regions with fluctuating seasonal populations, for example communities surrounding provincial and national parks. I seek to explore questions like how can we get communities involved in processes, achieve environmental and human goals, and do things differently? I am also interested in parks planning and human dimensions of resource management.

Why did you choose the MA in GEOG program at Brock? The Geography faculty at Brock drew me in and I was very interested in working with Dr. Chris Fullerton due to his experience on rural planning issues.

Master of Arts in Geography student Lisa Mercier

Lisa Mercier

Thesis stream

Degrees held: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) History, University of Saskatchewan; Certificate in Collections Management, University of Victoria

Research interests: Lisa has spent 10 years in the public-heritage sector working for a variety of institutions gaining a host of skills, while also identifying gaps in historical understanding. It comes as no surprise that Lisa’s keen interest lies in the notions of memory and forgetting relative to material culture. Diving into the interdisciplinary notions of what it means to remember and forget, Lisa finds great fulfillment in understanding the selective methods by which history has been understood. In turn, applying theoretical concepts and philosophic understandings to tasks associated with historic acquisitions, object preservation, and the construction of monuments.

Professor Jeff Boggs and MA in Geography student, Lauren Peddle posing with report

Lauren Peddle

Thesis stream

Degree held: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Economic Analysis, Brock University

Supervisor: Jeff Boggs

Research interests: Over the course of my undergraduate degree so much of my work involved different aspects of geography, whether it be in the expansion of railroads in a history of economics course, or the role of natural resources in economic development. I felt to do the discipline justice I needed to seek formal education on the subject. My work will focus on economic geography, particularly the study of industrial clustering and the videogame industry in Canada.

Alex Perna - profile photo

Alex Perna

Degree held: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Language and Literature with Minor in Geography, Brock University

Supervisor: Ebru Ustundag

Research interests: Interested in feminist and queer geographies, as well as the intersections of race, marginalization and privilege. Hoping to explore the relationship between these concepts within the confines of virtual and/or imaginative space(s).

Ishwinder Saraan

Supervisor: Chris Fullerton

Research interests: rural planning/development, focusing on South Asia

Kate Stewart

Supervisor: David Fennell

Research interests: tourism/ecotourism issues

Graduate student profile photo, Hannah Willms

Hannah Willms

Thesis stream

Degree held: Bachelor of Arts in Geography, Brock University

Supervisor: Mike Ripmeester

Research interests:

  • urban/community development
  • housing
  • local community life

Iris Yap

Major research paper stream

Degrees held: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Geography, Brock University; Bachelor of Education Teacher Education – Intermediate/Senior, Brock University; Diploma in Culinary Management, George Brown College

Research interests: I want to research how technology is shaping social relationships, in particular monogamy. I want to investigate whether monogamy is a social discourse our culture has created and deemed morally correct. More specifically, I want to look at how dating apps and all social media platforms have allowed communication between individuals to go beyond borders, and across oceans. I want to explore how our current generation’s fascination with online dating has affected monogamist relationships and in doing so determine if technology has created a culture in which individuals are more willing to be unfaithful to their partner.

Alumni

MA in Geography alumni

Philemon Coffie

Major research paper stream

Supervisor: David Brown

MRP title:
Strategies to Manage Plastic Waste in the Niagara Region

Philip Dwomoh

Major research paper stream

Supervisor: Jeff Boggs

Degree held: Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Resource Development, University of Ghana

MRP title:
Geography of Food Deserts in the Niagara Region

Research interests: 

  • Water resources and water quality management
  • Environmental management and Disaster risk reduction
  • International student mobility and integration

About Philip
“Philip Ampofo Dwomoh is a native of Ejura in the Ashanti region of Ghana and has lived in Accra, since 1991. Currently, Philip Ampofo Dwomoh is a community volunteer providing educational assistance to students at the secondary and tertiary level. His cultural background and focus on community collaboration has led him to a number of volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles. Philip Ampofo Dwomoh received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography and Resource Development with Dance Studies at University of Ghana, Legon.”

Chelsea Fields

Major research paper stream

Supervisor: Michael Ripmeester

MRP title:
Detroit: Motor City or Creative City? The Alternative Media and the Politics of Citizenship

Jackie Gervais

Jackie Gervais, graduate student backpacking in forest

Thesis stream

Degree held: BA (Honours), Community Health, Brock University

Supervisor: Chris Fullerton

Thesis title:
Understanding Post-secondary Student Mobility and its Impact on Wellbeing

Research summary: Numerous studies have identified the impact of transportation on one’s personal wellbeing (e.g., Stanley, Hensher, Stanley, and Vella-Brodrock, 2011), but fewer studies have addressed this topic as it pertains specifically to post-secondary students. The overarching goal of this research is to build our understanding of the roles that transportation plays in shaping the perceived wellbeing of post-secondary students. Through this case study of students at Brock University and Niagara College, located in Canada’s Niagara region, we aim to identify those aspects of transportation infrastructure and services that enable these students to achieve a personal sense of wellness and those that present obstacles or barriers to achieving wellness.

Background: “Jackie Gervais is a health promoter for Niagara Region Public Health in Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention. Her work entails supporting policy change as it pertains to active transportation and the built environment though citizen and stakeholder engagement and partnership. Jackie’s experience in community mobilization has contributed to the development of numerous citizens’ groups in the Niagara region who have advocated and made changes within their own municipalities.

At the Regional level, Jackie is involved in numerous policy projects including the Niagara Region Transportation Plan, the Niagara GO Hub and Transit Study and the Brock District Plan. Jackie also provides input into Municipal Class Environmental Assessments and was instrumental in acquiring the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Grant for the development of a multi-use trail along Merrittville Highway, from Decew Road to Sir Isaac Brock Way, which will contribute to improved safety for Brock students. At a Provincial level, Jackie was on the Minister’s Panel for the #CycleON: Ontario’s Cycling Strategy and regularly provides comment on provincial level documents.  She also participates in the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) Health and the Built Environment Workgroup where she supported changes to the driver handbook and the driver test questions to include examples of how motorists and cyclist should share the road. In Jackie’s spare time she is an avid outdoor enthusiast. Jackie can be found in her kayak, cycling, snowshoeing her favorite trails and camping in the back woods.”

Danielle Martineau

Major research paper stream

Degree held: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Geography with a Minor in Political Science, Brock University

Supervisors: Jeff Boggs and Catherine Nash

MRP title:
The Systematic Examination of Significant Thematic Overlap between Digital Geographies Literature and Digital Educational Literature when Considering the ‘Smart Classroom’

Research interests: My research interest predominantly focuses on how the introduction of technologies within spaces can influence and change the dynamics and relations of such spaces. More specifically, I am exploring how the implementation of mass online courses in higher learning institutions are fundamentally changing how we understand both, learning and technology.

Nicholas Mindorff

Major research paper stream

Degree held: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Geography, Brock University

Supervisor: Phillip Mackintosh

MRP title:
The Fearful Class: Depictions of Urban and Suburban Housing as an Indicator of Fear in Neoliberal Society

Dean Mizzi

Major research paper stream

Supervisors: Catherine Nash and Jeff Boggs

MRP title:
Conceptualizing queer online spaces as similar to privately-owned public spaces: Opportunities for geographers

Aaron Nartey

Master of Arts in Geography student Aaron Nartey

Major research paper stream

Supervisor: David Butz

MRP title:
Return Migration of Ghanaian Immigrants: Drivers & Reintegration Challenges

Katelyn Pierce

Thesis stream

Supervisor: Ebru Ustundag

Thesis title:
Detached from Our Bodies:Representing Women’s Health and Wellbeing with Graphic Memoirs

Khuram Farrukh

Senanu Kutor

Stephanie Murray

Allie Rizzie

Daniel Amoak

Adam Fischer

Connor Dingle

Benjamin Kwao

Andrew McCartan

Alexandru Raileanu

Maame Achiaa Agyemang

Razu Ahmed

Michael Ayerh K. Ayerteh

Rick Epp

Denyelle Huellemann

Diana Owusaa

Paul Tayler

Cody Vinnai

Edna Abanga

Towfika Islam

Warren Jenkinson

Myda Khatcherian

Emmanuel Kyeremeh

Paolo Russumanno

David Szymanski

Micheal Boateng

Pushpa Hamal

Oscar Asiedu Kuffour

Tomasz Wierzba

Lisa Arblaster

Mert Coskan

Sara Epp

Kerrie Pickering

Heather Whipple

Jess Barber

Natalie Currie-Patterson

Richard Lagani

Meithili Mitchell

Raphael Atanga

Lisa Combe

Kayla Rell

Pius Siakwah

Victoria (Vickie) Tasker

Ian Wood

Ayure-Inaga Mark Anthony Agana

Katie Hemsworth

Anokye Owusu Kwarteng

Kirby Calvert