Damian Collins, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin
Email
damian.collins@ualberta.ca

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

cities health housing human rights


About

In broad terms, my work as a human geographer explores the public aspects of contemporary social life - specifically public policies, public services and public spaces. I seek to understand why these "public things" are important, and why we collectively devote so much effort to debating them. These debates occur at all scales, from informal conversations through to major constitutional challenges.

Rights claims often play a critical role in shaping public policies, public services and public spaces. I explore the way in which rights are influential in shaping "who gets what where, and how" (Smith D.M., 1974). The right to housing is of central importance in my current SSHRC-funded research.

At a more applied level, I am concerned to identify and understand the ways in which public policies, public services and public spaces can support human health and wellbeing. I do this because I believe health is a resource for everyday living that everyone has the right to attain.

Degrees

My BA and MA (Hons) were in Geography at the University of Auckland

My PhD was in Geography at Simon Fraser University. I worked in the Legal Geography Research Group


Research

I am the Director of the Community Housing Canada Research Partnership, which sits within the Collaborative Housing Research Network. Our partnership works in collaboration with the Canada Housing Evidence Collective.


Since taking up my position at the University of Alberta in 2008 I have also worked in the following research areas:

  • Housing affordability
  • Homelessness and Housing First
  • Smoke-free environments
  • Coastal development and recreation
  • Urban public spaces
  • Health-promoting places


Lab: The Collins Lab for Urban Excellence (CLUE)

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Teaching

HGP 240 Cities and Urbanism

Introduction to urban geography and planning emphasizing interactions between the built environment and processes of social and economic change. Topics include urban form, housing and diversity in North American cities.

HGP 341 Social & Cultural Geography

Connections between space, society and culture at multiple scales. Formation and significance of cultural landscapes, and shaping of social life by spatial arrangements.

HGP 343 Space, Place and Health

Geographic research on health and disease, including environmental, social, individual and institutional factors.

HGP 499 Practical Study in Human Geography & Planning (Field School)

Intensive field or practical study in Human Geography and Planning, typically as part of a team working off-campus. 

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Courses

HGP 240 - Cities and Urbanism

Introduction to urban geography and planning emphasizing interactions between the built environment and processes of social and economic change. Topics include urban form, housing and diversity in North American cities. Prerequisite: Any *3 course. Not available to students with credit in EAS 293.

Fall Term 2020
HGP 343 - Health, Space and Place

Geographic research on health and disease, including environmental, social, individual and institutional factors. Prerequisites: EAS 192 or HGP 100, and any one EAS 29X or HGP 2XX course. Not available to students with credit in EAS 395.

Fall Term 2020

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Scholarly Activities

Research - Editorial roles

I am the Editor of Geography Compass Social

I am on the International Editorial Board of Health & Place

Publications

Does Housing First policy seek to fulfil the right to housing? The case of Alberta, Canada
Author(s): Collins D., Stout M.
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: Housing Studies
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2019.1707782
“Celebrated, not just endured”: Rethinking winter cities
Author(s): Stout M., Collins D., Stadler S.L., Soans R., Sanborn E., Summers R.J.
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Geography Compass
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1111/gec3.12379
Not a “forever model”: the curious case of graduation in Housing First
Author(s): Anderson-Baron J.T., Collins D.
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Urban Geography
Volume: 39
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 587-605
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2017.1375826
Police power and fettered freedom: regulating coastal freedom camping in New Zealand
Author(s): Collins, D., Kearns, R., Bates, L. & Serjeant, E.
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Social & Cultural Geography
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2017.1323342
“A place for healthy activity”: Parent and caregiver perspectives on smokefree playgrounds
Author(s): McIntosh A., Collins D., Parsons M.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Health & Place
Volume: 31
Page Numbers: 146-153
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.11.011