Two-year PhD research assistantship, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto – 2019-2021. 2018-11-16T20:25:41+00:00

Professor Roger Keil (FES – rkeil@yorku.ca) and Professor Patricia Wood (Geography – pwood@yorku.ca) are recruiting a PhD student to join the StudentMoveTO research project at York University. The two-year position is open to existing students at the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) and Geography or candidates starting their program in FES in September 2019.

Funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant, StudentMoveTO (www.studentmoveto.ca) is a joint initiative of scholars from Ryerson University, York University, the University of Toronto and OCADU, plus several institutional and community partners, that seeks to document student mobility in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The project will study all campuses of 13 colleges in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), and includes both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Professors Keil and Wood seek a doctoral student to join the qualitative research team. The position will entail work with focus groups of post-secondary students in solution-oriented discussions about students’ travel-mode choices and interviews with individual students to deepen the research. The holder of this position will prepare literature reviews, set up, conduct and analyze interviews, assist in organizing and facilitating focus groups. It is expected that the assistant would participate in writing and presenting scholarly manuscripts on topics that would be identified through collaboration between team members and partners. Designed to advance the student’s scholarly profile and professional capacity in an area of research that is current and highly desirable, the position is designed for candidates whose own area of research overlaps thematically with that of StudentMoveTO.

The position comes with financial support. The research assistantship is worth CAN$ 15,600 per annum for two years. The funding is normally in addition to other support the student will obtain from York University as part of their PhD program.

The ideal candidate has a Master’s degree with some background in planning, design, and/or urban mobility, but anyone with a strong interest should get in touch. Professional experience would also be an asset.

Patricia Wood
Patricia Wood Department of Geography, York University
Roger Keil
Roger KeilFaculty of Environmental Studies, York University