Shazma Abdulla is a writer, podcaster, and community organizer who focuses on social inequities, racial justice, and spatial justice. She studied Environmental Studies at York University.
Simone Chen. Originally from Los Angeles, Simone has been living in Montreal since 2015, where she completed a BA in Environment and Development at McGill University. She seeks to cultivate participatory, ecological urban agriculture as a way to help combat food insecurity in economically vulnerable communities. She currently works in Parc-Extension with a cooperative food solidarity NPO, coordinating a neighborhood fruit gleaning project. She believes that a holistic approach to building resilient local food systems necessitates the inclusion of community-based research and grassroots action for tenants’ rights and just access to land.
Emanuel Guay is a doctoral student in sociology at the Université du Québec à Montréal. His doctoral project focuses on access to housing for low-income households in Parc-Extension. He has developed an expertise in housing-related community organization through his volunteer involvement in Brick by Brick and the Parc-Extension Action Committee (CAPE) as well as his training as a researcher, under the supervision of Naomi Nichols, in the organization Dans la rue (2018-2019). He is a member of the Community-Based Action Research network of Parc-Extension (CBAR) and collaborated for three years (2017-2019) with the Social Equity and Diversity Education Office at McGill University (SEDE) as an associate researcher.
Vijay Kolinjivadi is committed to fostering a more just and equitable society through critical and engaged research. His focus is increasingly moving towards community-oriented research beyond and below traditional academic circuits and sharing ethical and political commitments for change. In addition to numerous writings about green gentrification, he has also been involved with community organizing in the South Asian community in Park-Extension and beyond. He is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp (Belgium), but living in Montreal. His research focus lies in exploring the social and political consequences of the financialization of nature, the impacts of nature protection and the intersections of race, gender, and class as they relate to “greening” of society.
Alessandra Renzi believes in building strong community networks through rigorous research, ethical collaborations that uphold disadvantaged communities, and respect for local knowledges and needs. As a media “artivist” and researcher she has studied and organized for migrant rights, media democracy, work security, the right to housing and the de-criminalization of social movements in Italy, Germany, Canada, USA and Indonesia. In addition to books and other writings, Alessandra has co-created videos and documentaries, pirate TV shows, data visualizations, performances, and an online interactive archive of protest signs (http://artofthemarch.boston/). She is Associate Professor of Critical Media Production in the Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University, where her research-creation explores the intersection of media, art and civic engagement.
Andrés Salas is a visual artist from Colombia, living and working in Montreal. He is actively committed to the communities where he has worked and lived, developing artistic projects that explore local dynamics but deal with global problems. His work reflects a political consciousness founded on the desire for social change. Andrés is a Humanities PhD student at Concordia University working at the intersection of mining, critical infrastructure and alternative epistemologies. He was recently awarded with a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Aaron Vansintjan is a PhD Candidate at Birkbeck, University of London. His research focuses on how community wealth, especially food culture and food habits, become transformed, eroded, and commodified through the gentrification process through a study of neighborhoods in Montreal and Hanoi. He is co-editor of Uneven Earth, a website on environmental politics, and his work also focuses on issues such as radical urban democratic movements, equitable degrowth, and urban political ecology.
Tamara Vukov is a researcher, writer and filmmaker active over the years in community-based organizing and media in Montréal. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the Université de Montréal. She has been a resident of the neighbourhoods adjacent to the new Campus MIL for over 30 years, and has had direct experience with eviction-related issues in this time (including a personal reversed eviction attempt along with too many evictions of friends and community in the last 10+ years).
Our advisory board
Sara Andrade (Parc-Extension resident, Aboriginal law lawyer)
Amy Darwish (Parc-Extension resident, community organizer, Comité d’action de Parc-Extension)
Tatiana Gomez (Parc-Extension resident, immigration lawyer)
Sophie Le-Phat Ho (Brique par Brique)
Alex Megelas (Community-Based Action Research Network in Parc-Extension)
Naomi Nichols (Assistant Professor, Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University)
Kira Page (Conflict resolution, CoCo)
Norma Rantisi (Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment, Concordia University)
Our accomplices, allies, collaborators…
Élise Ross-Nadie (Web, design and communication magic)
Anne-Marie Trépanier (Communication magic)
Sepideh Shahamati (Mapping magic)