Joshua Evans, PhD

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


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin
(780) 492-3619
3-105 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4



I am a human geographer broadly interested in geographies of exclusion and inclusion.

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.

I maintain an academic blog at


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

I am currently seeking graduate students interested in working on projects related to social/cultural geographies of data-driven urbanism.


HGP 100 - Introduction to Human Geography and Planning

The spatial organization of human landscapes, and significance of the distribution of human activity. Not available to students with credit in EAS 192.

Fall Term 2021
HGP 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. Prerequisite: EAS 192 or HGP 100 and any one EAS 29X or HGP 2XX course. Not available to students with credit in EAS 393.

Winter Term 2021 Winter Term 2022

Browse more courses taught by Joshua Evans


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
External Link:
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
"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
External Link:
'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
External Link:
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
External Link:
Well enough to work? Social enterprise employment and the geographies of mental health recovery.
Author(s): Evans, J. Wilton, R.
Publication: Annals of the Association of American Geographers
Volume: 109
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 87-103

On thin ice: Assembling a resilient service hub
Author(s): Evans, J., Collins, D., Chai, C.
Publication: Area
External Link: