MUSSI is delighted to welcome Thomas M. Wilson who is joining us as a Fulbright Research Professor here in MUSSI. Thomas joined MUSSI for the spring term of 2022 while conducting ethnographic research on transformations in political culture in the Midlands.
He is Professor of Anthropology at Binghamton University, State University of New York, and has a continuing appointment as Visiting Professor in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics in Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he was a co-founder of the Centre for International Borders Research.
In 2018-2019 he was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Social Sciences of the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu, Finland, and in the Division of European Ethnology of the University of Lund in Lund, Sweden. His research interests include national identity and nationalism, international borders and frontiers, the anthropology of Europeanization and European integration, and drinking cultures and identities, A former President of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, he has conducted ethnographic field research in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Hungary and Canada, and is the author and editor of twenty scholarly books and monographs, including Borders: Frontiers of Identity, Nation and State (co-author, 1999); Drinking Cultures: Alcohol and Identity (editor, 2005), The Anthropology of Ireland (co-author, 2006); and A Companion to Border Studies (co-editor, 2012).
is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies of the University of Athens. He teaches "Human-Computer Communication", "Art and Technology", and "Visual Communication - Visual Design", at an undergraduate level and "Digital and Hybrid Mediated Spaces", "Interactive Design", and "Music and New Media" at a postgraduate level.
He has studied Architectural Design (National Technical University of Athens, 1990), Computer Aided Design and has a PhD on Interactive Design and Virtual Environments (University of Strathclyde, 1998). He has also taught at an undergraduate and postgraduate level since 1994 in Scotland and Greece (Department of Informatics, University of Athens and Dept of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens).
He has authored or co-authored more than 70 publications in books, journals or conference proceedings. His research interests include: interactive design, virtual environment design, locative media, mediated spaces, ambient intelligence, digital art, and visual design. His artistic work involves electronic music, audiovisual, non-interactive or interactive, site-specific installations and virtual environments.
is a geographer, artist, and computer programmer with research interests in software studies, social movements, social and spatial theory, science and technology studies, and visual studies. His academic work describes the role of software in constructing the world through its material entanglements with social, political, and economic systems, while my artwork manipulates these entanglements to produce new forms and experiences. His current projects focus on climate resilience software, algorithmic surveillance practices, computational infrastructures, and speculative cartographies.
is a doctoral researcher at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information, where he work with the Critical Making Lab and the Semaphore Research Cluster. His research focuses on human-computer interaction, embodiment, and digital media in learning environments. He has done research on augmented reality, 3D printing, and “making” engagements in classrooms and museums. He has extensive experience with new media technologies, DIY hacking/making culture, and the history of computing, and his work applies themes from these respective areas to educational opportunities (both formal and informal). He also works with the Semaphore Lab
, which is the mobile and pervasive computing cluster of the Inclusive Design Institute (and the Critical Making Lab
, which is now housed there).
is an Assistant Professor in Geography at the University of Avignon (FRANCE) in the CNRS laboratory UMR 7300 ESPACE (http://www.umrespace.org/
). He is currently visiting to build his skills in the area of geostatistics and geocomputation. He has research interests in urban and transport planning, mobility analysis, network analysis and accessibility measures, and will be visiting from January-June 2017. You can email Cyrille at Cyrille Genre-Grandpierre
Dr María Arnal Sarasa
(September 2016 - December 2016)
Dr María Arnal Sarasa has a PhD and lectures in the Department of Sociology (Complutense University of Madrid). She is a member of EGECO (Empleo, Genero y Cohesión) social research team and Complutense Institute of Sociology for the Study of Contemporary Social Transformations (TRANSOC). Her research areas are: employment, poverty and migrant movements. Recently she has participated on the investigation "Precarious work amongst students in Europe" (PRECSTUDE), funded by DG Employment (EU). Dr Arnal has participated on the investigation "Perspectives on poverty: social representations of poverty from the 'new poor', funded by the Community of Madrid. She recently published an article "Crisis, unemployment and poverty: analysis of life trajectories and strategies in the labour market" Cuadernos de Relaciones Laborales Vol.33 no
2, p.281-311, 2013. Other publications include: Co-author of "A tale of two cities: working class identity, industrial relations and community in declining textile and shoe industries in Spain". In: International Journal of Heritage Studies, 17, 4, 330-342, 2011.
Professor Yoshiki Wakabayashi
Professor Yoshiki Wakabaysashi, Department of Geography, Tokyo Metropolitan University is a visiting scholar with Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI) month of September 2016. Professor Wakabaysashi is a member of ICA commission on education and training (a forum to maintain an overview of cartographic education worldwide). He is a board member on Association of Japanese Geographers and Japan Cartographers Association and is a member of Science Council of Japan. Professor Wakabaysashi research interests include impacts of information technologies on geography and cartography, urban geography and behavioural geography. For further information please visit Professor Yoshiki Wakabaysashi
Amédé Gogovor (DVM, CES, Dip. Epi, MSc)
Amédé Gogovor is currently a PhD candidate and a Research Assistant at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He is a member of the Chronic Disease and Health Information Technology Research Lab
led by Dr. Sara Ahmed. Amédé is active in chronic disease management and outcomes research, both nationally and internationally, through publications and collaborative works with the Canadian Chronic Care Network, the Health Care in Canada Survey Partnership, the Disease management special interest group of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, and the
Observatory of Innovative Practices for Complex Chronic Disease Management. His research visit at Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute is supported by the James M. Flaherty Scholarship of the Ireland Canada University Foundation.
Laura Lo Presti
(January 2016 - July 2016)
Laura Lo Presti is a PhD candidate of the International Doctoral Program in European Cultural Studies
/Europäische Kulturstudien at University of Palermo (Italy) and is visiting the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) at NUIM. Laura was previously Visiting Research Scholar at The Open University (Milton Keynes, UK) and Visiting Erasmus student at University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland). Her research interests encompass a wide range of practices that intertwine contemporary cartography, visual culture and aesthetics. Laura is especially addressing mapping practices and projects that involve scholars, activists and artists in relation to migration and border crisis. The aim is to see how the proliferating and ubiquitous cartographic ‘language’ is currently seen, displayed, encountered, understood and acted upon by several actors to foster critical political debates.
(January 2016 - June 2016)
Joanne is a PhD researcher at the Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy. Her current research interests relate to Unfinished Developments, Vacant Property and Planning Policy. Joanne is currently working on her PhD thesis on Vacant Property in the Republic of Ireland. For further information please visit Joanne Ahern
Professor André Lemos
(Sept 2015 - Sept 2016)
Professor André Lemos has a PhD in Sociology (Université René Descartes, Paris V, Sorbonne, 1995). He is Professor and Director of Lab404 - Digital Media, Networks and Space Lab at Faculty of Communications, Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), Brazil. He is a visiting scholar at NIRSA, Maynooth University with a research grant from CAPES Foundation linked to the Brazilian Ministry of Education. His research is on cultural and communicational aspects of objects on Smart Cities, Internet of Things and Big Data initiatives through the Actor-Network Theory and the Object-Oriented Ontology. For further information please visit Professor André Lemos
Associate Professor Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho
Associate Professor Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho has a PhD from University College London. She joined the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore in Semester One 2011/2012. Prior to this appointment she was a lecturer with the University of Leeds. Her research interests revolve around transnationalism and citizenship; ‘diaspora’ strategies (by migrant-sending countries); emotional geographies; and the politics of cosmopolitanism. She has conducted research on Singaporean transnational migration as well as Mainland Chinese cyclical migration between Canada and China. Her current research focuses on ethnically privileged ‘return’ migrations to China. For further information please visit Associate Professor Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho
Vice Dean/Professor Yiping Chen
Professor Chen earned his BA in history from Southwest Normal University (Chongqing City, China) in 1987, and MD in history from Nankai University in 1990. He received his PhD in International Relations from Jinan University in 2006. From 1990 to 2006, he was appointed assistant professor (1990-2001), associate professor (2001-2006) and professor (2006-present) of history and international relations at Jinan University, Guangzhou, China. For further information please visit Professor Chen
Professor Minghuan Li
Professor Minghuan Li is professor at the institute of Population Studies at Xiamen University, China and consultant at the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, China. Professor Li was awarded her PhD by the Amsterdam University, Netherlands. For further information please visit Professor Minghuan Li
Professor Shiran Zubair
Professor Shirin Zubair is an established academic in the field of English literature and gender studies, who holds a PhD and MSc in Applied Linguistics from a university in the UK, where her dissertation focused on women’s literacy in Pakistan. Professor at Department of English, Bahayddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan. In 2015-2016 Guest Researcher at the Centre for Gender Research, UiO, Norway. In 2014-2015 Professor Shirin Zubair was Guest Researcher,Centre for Multilingualism across the Lifespan, UiO, Norway. For further information please Professor Shiran Zubair
Professor Audrey Kobayashi
(Aug 2015 - Sept 2015)
Professor Audrey Kobayashi is a native of British Columbia and was awarded a PhD in 1983 from UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles). Professor Kobayashi taught in Geography and East Asian Studies at McGill University from 1983 to 1994, and came to Queen’s, initially as Director of the Institute of Women’s Studies (1994 to 1999) and thereafter as Professor of Geography. Her research interests revolve around the question of how process of human differentiation - race, class, gender, ability, national identity - emerge in a range of landscapes that include homes, streets and workplaces. She places strong emphasis on public policy, on the legal and legislative frameworks that enable social change, and on the cultural systems and practices through which normative frameworks for human actions and human relations are developed. She is particularly interested in the public negotiation of these issues. For further information please visit Professor Audrey Kobayashi
Professor Mark Rosenberg
(Aug 2015 - Sept 2015)
Professor Mark Rosenberg was born and grew up in Hamilton, Ontario. He was awarded a PhD in 1980 at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He taught at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Ottawa and Carleton University and worked as a pollster with Angus Reid and a research consultant with J.F. Hickling Management Consultants before joining the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s in 1985. In the field of ageing and population studies, he has been engaged in a series of studies examining changing demographic, socio-economic and geographic characteristics of various groups within the Canadian population. He completed a four year multidisciplinary study entitled Aging across Canada: Comparing Service Rich and Service Poor Communities funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). He is now starting new projects on the geographies of opportunity among younger and older Aboriginal people across Canada, various aspects of health and health care among the rural older population, and the links among social deprivation, health, health care, and aging in both Canada and in China. For further information please visit Professor Mark Rosenberg
Dr Kalina Grzesiuk
(May 2015 - July 2015)
Dr Kalina Grzesiuk is a research and teaching assistant at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland. She was awarded a PhD in 2013 at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. Dr Grzesiuk specialises in change management, strategic management and project management. For further information please visit Dr Kalina Grzesiuk
Professor Dan Breznitz
Dan Breznitz is a Professor and Munk Chair of Innovation Studies, with a cross-appointment to the Department of Political Science. In addition, he is also Co-Director of the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School, University of Toronto and the Director of Academic Research. For further information please visit Professor Dan Breznitz
Assistant Professor Shiri Breznitz
Shiri M. Breznitz, is assistant professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. She is an economic geographer, specializing in innovation, technology, and regional economic development. Her research is at the critical intersection of theory and policy to fit the new realities of globalization. Professor Breznitz’s work has informed policymaking at the local, national, and international levels. She has advised on the role of universities in the larger story of innovation, on the economic impact of biotechnology, and on the role of clusters in driving innovation. For further information please visit Assistant Professor Shiri Breznitz
Marcus Spiller (BTRP, M Com, PhD, MPIA)
Marcus is a founding partner at SGS. He has extensive experience in public policy analysis as an urban economist and planner. Marcus specialises in providing high level advice on metropolitan planning issues and processes, housing policy (including social housing), analysis of urban infrastructure and planning delivery systems, and analysing the links between urban structure and national economic performance. For further information please visit Marcus Spiller
Dr Lucy Groenhart
Dr Lucy Groenhart is a research supervisor at the University of Sydney, Australia. Dr Lucy Groenhart's passion is how urban policy can improve the ‘difficult’ areas of the city – public housing estates on the urban fringe, areas with poor public transport, few jobs, or a decaying housing stock. Lucy’s key research interests are housing policy, both Australian and International; and urban policy evaluation. Lucy is an urban policy academic with expertise in housing policy, strategic planning, urban economics, and policy evaluation. She has qualitative and quantitative skills, and has worked in academia and policy consulting in New South Wales, Victoria and New Zealand. For further information please visit Dr Lucy Groenhart