Parizeau, Kate

Dr. Kate Parizeau
Associate Professor
PhD, University of Toronto, 2011
Phone: 
519 824-4120 ext. 52174
Office: 
Hutt 343
Specialization: 

Waste (informal recycling, food waste, and waste management policy); Urban inequality (poverty, urban governance, environmental justice, urban political ecology, activism); Feminist geographies (gender, dimensions of social difference, ethical scholarship).

My research uses waste management practices as a lens through which to interrogate complex systems of social organization and human exchanges with the natural world. This focus has allowed me to make contributions to the fields of waste studies, international development studies, and urban studies. My research interests are centred on the following interrelated themes:

1. Informality, urban inequality, and social difference

My studies of informal sector work describe the ways in which socioeconomic status, gender, and other dimensions of difference play out in uneven urban landscapes. These studies also investigate the uneven production of city spaces, including processes of social exclusion, place branding, and municipal policy redesign.

2. Value and waste

I am interested in how notions of filth and environmental contamination can affect an object’s life course (including disposal), and also how the socio-cultural values of waste and dirt adhere to the people associated with such commodities either through their work or other types of proximity. This theme also encompasses a ‘brown agenda’ of environmental issues, including the provision of sanitation services and other environmental health matters arising from human urban development. This research interest is based in a recognition that exposure to environmental dangers are usually not evenly distributed in society, but often follow gradients of social and spatial inequality. A strong manifestation of this uneven exposure can be seen in environmental health outcomes.

3. Waste management systems and planning

Research in this theme includes studies of waste management systems and how they are planned. Methodologies include baseline empirical studies of waste management systems (including waste audits and curbside observations), as well as qualitative methods to learn about the users and planners of these systems. Current research includes an investigation of food waste in Ontario, co-led by Dr. Mike von Massow. It is estimated that 30% of the food produced in Canada goes to waste, and there are environmental, economic, and social implications to this scale of wastage.

4. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

The final theme guiding my research is the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, which bridges between my teaching and research work. As I develop as a teacher, I am increasingly interested in researching and writing for audiences of students and fellow teachers.

GEOG*1200 Society and Space
GEOG*3050 Development and the City
GEOG*4200 Seminar in Urban Geography
GEOG*6450 Development Geography
IDEV*4500 International Development Seminar

DeLorenzo, A., Parizeau, K., & von Massow, M. (in press, 2018).  Regulating Ontario's Circular Economy Through Food Waste Legislation.   Society and Business Review.

Szoke, T. and Parizeau, K. (in press, 2018).  Community-based Public Art and Gentrification in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.  Geohumanities.

Fraser, C. and Parizeau, K. (2018).  Waste management as foodwork: A feminist food studies approach to household food waste.  Canadian Food Studies, 5 (1), 39-62.

Wittmer, J. and Parizeau, K. (2018).  Informal recyclers' health inequities in Vancouver, BC.   New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, 28 (2), 321-343.

Pacheco-Vega, R. and Parizeau, K. (2018).  Doubly-engaged ethnography: Opportunities and challenges when working with vulnerable communities.  International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 17 (1), 1-13.

Parizeau, K., Shillington, L., Hawkins, R., Sultana, F., Mountz, A., Beverley Mullings, Linda Peake (2016).  “Breaking the silence: A feminist call to action.”   The Canadian Geographer, 60 (2), pp.192-204. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cag.12275 

Mullings, B., Peake, L., & Parizeau, K. (2016).  “Cultivating an ethic of wellness in Geography” (Special Issue Introduction).   The Canadian Geographer, 60 (2), pp.161-167. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cag.12265

Parizeau, K. (2016).  “Witnessing urban change: Insights from informal recyclers in Vancouver, BC.”   Urban Studies, pre-print version available online. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0042098016639010 

Wittmer, J. & Parizeau, K. (2016).  “Surviving neoliberal urbanism: Informal recyclers' geographies of survival in Vancouver, BC.”   Applied Geography, 66, pp.92-99. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kate_Parizeau

Parizeau, K. (2015). "Urban political ecologies of informal recyclers' health in Buenos Aires, Argentina." Health & Place, 33, pp. 67-74. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kate_Parizeau

Parizeau, K. (2015). "Re-representing the city: Waste and public space in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the late 2000s," Environment and Planning A, 47(2), pp. 284-299. http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/a130094p 

Parizeau, K. & Lepawsky, J. (2015). " Legal orderings of waste in built spaces." International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, 7(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/ijlbe-01-2014-0005 

Parizeau, K. (2015). "When assets are vulnerabilities: An assessment of informal recyclers' livelihood strategies in Buenos Aires, Argentina," World Development, 67, 161-173. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kate_Parizeau

Parizeau, K., von Massow, M., & Martin, R. (2015). "Household-level dynamics of food waste production and related beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours in a municipality in Southwestern Ontario," Waste Management, 35, pp. 207-217. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kate_Parizeau

Parizeau, K. 2013. 'Formalization beckons: a baseline of informal recycling work in Buenos Aires, 2007-2011.' Environment and Urbanization, 25(2), pp. 501-521. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0956247813491699 

Parizeau, K. 2011. “Un estudio acerca de la salud de los cartoneros de Buenos Aires (A study of the health of Buenos Aires’ informal recyclers).” In Suarez, F. and P. Schamber (Eds.) Recicloscopio II: Miradas sobre recuperadores urbanos de residuos de América Latina (Recycloscope II: Perspectives on Urban Waste Recoverers in Latin America). Prometeo–UNL: Buenos Aires; pp.285-316.

Parizeau, K., V. Maclaren and Lay Chanthy. 2008.  “Budget sheets and buy-in: financing community-based waste management in Siem Reap, Cambodia.” Environment and Urbanization, 20(2); pp.445-463. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0956247808096122 

Parizeau, K. 2006. “Theorizing Environmental Justice: Environment as a Social Determinant of Health.” Munk Centre for International Studies Briefings: Comparative Program on Health and Society Lupina Foundation Working Paper Series 2005-2006; pp.101-128. http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Oct2006-LupinaBriefing.pdf (PDF file) 

Parizeau, K., Maclaren, V, and L. Chanthy. 2006. “Waste Characterization as an Element of Waste Management Planning: Lessons learned from a study in Siem Reap, Cambodia.” Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 49(20); pp.110-128. http://dx.doi.org.subzero.lib.uoguelph.ca/10.1016/j.resconrec.2006.03.006 

Parizeau, K. 2006. “A World of Trash.” Alternatives Journal, 32(1); pp.16-18.

Parizeau, K., Chanthy, L., and V. Maclaren. 2005. “Community-Based Waste Management in Siem Reap, Cambodia.” In Maclaren, V. and Tran Hieu Nhue (Eds.) Integrated Waste Management in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam: Theory and Practice. Science and Technics Publishers: Hanoi; pp. 280-303.

Luginaah, I., Jerrett, M., Elliott, S., Eyles, J., Parizeau, K., Birch, S., Abernathy, T., Veenstra, G., Hutchinson, B., and C. Giovis. 2001. “Health profiles of Hamilton: Spatial characterisation of neighbourhoods for health investigations.” Geojournal, 53(2); pp. 135-147. http://resolver.scholarsportal.info.subzero.lib.uoguelph.ca/resolve/03432521/v53i0002/135_hpohsconfhi.xml 

Food Waste and Food Insecurity

Dr. Kate Parizeau is accepting applications from prospective graduate students interested in the following research topics:

  1. The dynamics of food waste in Canadian households, or at diverse points of the food value chain (e.g. farms, processing, retail, food service, food recovery organizations);
  2. The relationship between food waste and food insecurity in the Canadian context;
  3. The (paid or unpaid) labour implications of food waste in Canada;
  4. The governance of food waste management in Canada.

Graduate Students Supervised

Name Research
M.A. 2018 Regan, Jaida Investigating Food Waste on Canadian University Campuses.
M.A. 2017 DeLorenzo, Amy Closing the Loop, or Running in Circles? Implementing a Circular Economy in Ontario.
M.A. 2016 Fraser, Carly Pictures and perceptions of household food waste in Guelph, Ontario.
M.A. 2016 Van Bemmel, Alexis Wasting Food is Rubbish: Barriers and Opportunities for Food Waste Diversion in Guelph, Ontario
M.A. 2015 Szöke, Teréz Investigating the Geographies of Community based Public Art and Gentrification in Downtown Eastside Vancouver.
M.A. 2014 Stemshorn, Kimberley Understanding urban waste management through ethics, stigma and consumer responsibility.
M.A. 2014 Wittmer, Josie Socioeconomic and environmental health aspects of informal recycling.
Ph.D. Alexander, Chloe Food waste governance.
M.A. Keefe, Jude Food waste as a neighbour of food insecurity, considering a circular agricultural economy in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia.
M.A. Millar, Shannon Investigate the use of reclaimed food waste for food justice activities in Vancouver, BC.
M.A. Vander Vennen, Rachel Food waste and food rescue/reclamation in Ontario.
Ph.D. Wittmer, Josie Waste, waste work, health, gender, and urban change in India.