Joshua Evans, PhD

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin
(780) 492-7515
3-123 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4



I am a human geographer broadly interested in geographies of marginalization.

I approach my work from the vantage point of three interrelated themes: space, knowledge and power. To conceptualize these themes and how they relate, I draw upon a variety of theoretical frameworks including governmentality theory, actor-network theory, and assemblage theory.

I utilize various methodological approaches and techniques in my work including discourse analysis, in-depth interviewing, participant observation, arts-based inquiry, and participatory action research.

My work has examined (a) spaces of care, home, and work and their role in shaping the lived experiences of socially marginalized and vulnerable individuals, and (b) spaces of policy development and implementation and their role in the creation of healthy, enabling and equitable urban environments.

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BA Human Geography, University of Alberta

MA Human Geography, University of Alberta

PhD Human Geography, McMaster University  


My research focuses on the following topics:

  • Disability and Chronic Illness
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Urban Policymaking and Governance
  • Philosophy and Human Geography


HGEO 341 - Social and 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. Prerequisites: HGP 100 or HGEO 100, and HGEO 240 or HGP 240. Not available for students with credit in HGP 341.

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The reticent state? Interpreting emergency responses to homelessness in Alberta, Canada

Author(s): Evans, J., Stout, M., Collins, D., & McDowell, K.
Publication Date: 9/23/2021
Publication: Housing Studies
Page Numbers: 1-15
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Breaking through the epistemic impasse: Ending homelessness with the invention of ‘functional zero’ in the Anglo-American world

Author(s): Evans, J. and Baker, T.
Publication Date: 2021
Publication: Futures
Volume: 129
Page Numbers: 1-8
External Link:

Mobilizing a fast policy fix: Exploring the translation of 10-year plans to end homelessness in Alberta, Canada

Author(s): Evans, J. and Masuda, J.
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space
Volume: 38
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 503-521
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An ambivalent atmosphere: Employment training programs and mental health recovery

Author(s): Perski, M., Wilton, R., and Evans, J.
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: Health & Place
Volume: 62
Page Numbers: 1-7
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On thin ice: Assembling a resilient service hub

Author(s): Evans, J., Collins, D., Chai, C.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Area
Volume: 51
Page Numbers: 451-460
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Well enough to work? Social enterprise employment and the geographies of mental health recovery.

Author(s): Evans, J. Wilton, R.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Annals of the Association of American Geographers
Volume: 109
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 87-103

Investable poverty: Social investment states and the geographies of poverty management.

Author(s): Baker, T. Evans, J. and Hennigan, B.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Progress in Human Geography
Volume: 44
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 534-554
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Homelessness, Bedspace and the Case for Housing First in Canada

Author(s): Evans, J. Collins, D., Anderson, J.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Social Science and Medicine
Volume: 168
Page Numbers: 249-256
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Urban Trials and tribulations: Problematizing the city through/as experimentation.

Author(s): Evans, J.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Geography Compass
Page Numbers: 429-443
External Link: doi: 10.1111/gec3.12280

‘Housing first’ and the changing terrains of homeless governance.

Author(s): Baker, T. and Evans, J.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Geography Compass
Volume: 10
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 25-41
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"This place gives me a reason to care": Understanding managed alcohol programs as enabling places.

Author(s): Evans, J., Semogas, D., Smallwood, J., Lohfeld, L.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Health & Place
Volume: 33
Page Numbers: 118-124
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'Supportive measures, enabling restraint: Governing homeless street drinkers in Hamilton, Canada.

Author(s): Evans, J.
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Social & Cultural Geography
Volume: 13
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 175-190
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Exploring the (bio)political dimensions of voluntarism and care in the city: The case of a 'low barrier' emergency shelter

Author(s): Evans, J.
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Health & Place
Volume: 17
Page Numbers: 24-32
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