Linda Peake

Department of Social Science

Professor
Acting Director, The City Institute

Office: Kaneff Tower, 731
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 33750
Emaillpeake@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.yorku.ca/lpeake/

My research interests focus on issues of feminist geographies of gender, race and sexuality, particularly as they pertain to the global south, and specifically Guyana. In addition to my work in Guyana I also have long standing interests in urban based research on women in cities; on whiteness and on developing anti-racist practices in Geography; and feminist methodologies, particularly in terms of the work these do in transnational feminist praxis.

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I graduated from Reading University, UK, with an undergraduate degree and PhD in Geography. Since completing my PhD in 1983 I have taught at universities in England, the United States, Guyana and Canada and conducted research in the fields of geography, urban studies, development studies and women’s studies. I am a Professor, appointed in the Department of Social Science, where I teach in the Urban Studies Program. Since 2013 I have also been the Director of the City Institute. I am also a member of the Graduate Programmes in Geography, Development Studies, and Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies. I regularly supervise both MA and Ph.D. students in all three programmes. Research Interests: My research interests focus on issues of feminist geographies of gender, race and sexuality, particularly as they pertain to the global south, and specifically Guyana. In addition to my work in Guyana I also have long standing interests in urban based research on women in cities; on whiteness and on developing anti-racist practices in Geography; and feminist methodologies, particularly in terms of the work these do in transnational feminist praxis. I have been conducting research in Guyana for nearly three decades, working with the Guyanese women’s organisation Red Thread on topics ranging through the impact of structural adjustment on women and households, domestic violence, women’s reproductive health, sex work, trafficking and most recently young adults and sexualities. These research projects have resulted in a team of researchers within Red Thread who have used their skills to conduct their own research as well as to gain employment in research conducted by various agencies and individuals in the country. I am an active supervisor and mentor and many postgraduates have accompanied me on research trips to Guyana (Amrita Persaud, Charulata Prasada, Nancy Kingsbury, Jennifer Johnson, Roxanne Richardson, Katherine Topelko, Kate Nowak, Shannon Gurevitch, Leeann Townsend, Andy Inkster, Katie MacDonald, Michelle Bobala) and England (Liz Millward) and to conferences in Canada, the USA and Australia (Allyson Mitchell, Katherine McKittrick, Sue Frohlick, Mary Ebos, Abhar Hussain, Colette Murray, Laura Shillington, Leeann Townsend). I have sat on a number of editorial boards of academic journals including having been the Managing Editor of Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography (2002-2008), a founding editor of Social and Cultural Geography (1998-2002) and book review editor of Antipode (1992-1995). I currently serve on the editorial boards of the journals Gender, Place and Culture, Social and Cultural Geography, The Canadian Geographer and the Journal of Latin American Geography and Gender. Most recently I have joined the International Advisory Board of Signs. My most recent grant is a 6 year SSHRC Partnership Grant: Urbanization, gender and the global south: a transformative knowledge network. Area of Specialization: Urban Studies, Women's Studies, Human Geography Degrees: Ph.D., Geography, Reading University B.A. Hons., Geography, Reading University Professional Leadership: July 2013 - current, Director, The City Institute, York University. Sept 2012 – June 2015 External Examiner, Undergraduate Degree, Department of Geography, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus, Trinidad and Tobago. Jan – Dec 2012 International Benchmarking Review of UK Human Geography, Member of an International Panel that reviewed UK Human Geography for ESRC. July 2007 – June 2008 Director, Centre for Feminist Research 2002- 2003 Chair, Geography, Planning and Environmental Studies Committee, SSHRC, Canada. Community Contributions: Expert affidavit, Asylum case for Guyanese LGBTQI individuals January 1992 – present. Associate member of Red Thread with specific responsibility for the Research Team. Red Thread is a multiracial Women’s Development Programme in Guyana. Established in 1986 its aim has been to assist women to empower themselves to participate in the development of their country. I joined the group in 1992 and established the Research Team. Since that time I have given the Team five training sessions (totalling approximately seven months) in research methodologies, including conducting three large-scale questionnaire-based surveys. As a result of this training the twelve women in the Team have secured over ten periods of employment (for example, with the University of Guyana, the Inter-American Development Bank and with private individuals). In addition I have written numerous funding proposals for the Research Team (to secure resources for the training sessions) and for Red Thread. I am currently writing up a SSHRC-funded project on an exploration of youth’s sexualities. The latest project is to investigate urban insecurities in the capital city of Georgetown (also SSHRC funded).

Area of Specialization

Urban Studies, Women's Studies

Degrees

Ph.D., Geography, Reading University
B.A. Hons., Geography, Reading University

Professional Leadership

July 2013 - June 2014 Acting Director The City Institute Sept 2012 – June 2015 External Examiner, Undergraduate Degree, Department of Geography, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus, Trinidad and Tobago. Jan – Dec 2012 International Benchmarking Review of UK Human Geography, Member of an International Panel that reviewed UK Human Geography. July 2007 – June 2008 Director, Centre for Feminist Research 2002- 2003 Chair, Geography, Planning and Environmental Studies Committee, SSHRC, Canada. 1999 – 2000 Geography Committee Member, Social Science and Humanities Research 2000 - 2001 Council (SSHRC), Canada.

Community Contributions

February 2011 Expert affidavit, Asylum case, Brenda Wemp, Barrister and Solicitor, Vancouver September 2009 Expert affidavit, Asylum case, Immigration Equality, Inc., New York, USA August 2009 Expert affidavit, Asylum case, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, New York, USA May 2009 Expert affidavit, Asylum case, Masliah & Soloway, PC, NY, USA April 2007 Expert affidavit, Asylum case, Cooley Godward, Kronish LLP, New York, USA March 2007 Expert affidavit, Asylum case, Immigration Equality, New York, USA September 2005 Expert affidavit, Asylum case, Legal Aid Agency, New York, USA June 2005 Expert affidavit, Asylum case, Thompson Hine LLP, New York, USA March 2005 Expert affidavit, Asylum case, Immigration Equality, New York, USA February 2005 Expert affidavit, Asylum case, Lesbian and Gay Immigration Task Force, NY, USA Guyana January 1992 – present Associate member of Red Thread with specific responsibility for the Research Team. Red Thread is a multiracial Women’s Development Programme in Guyana. Established in 1986 its aim has been to assist women to empower themselves to participate in the development of their country. I joined the group in 1992 and established the Research Team. Since that time I have given the Team five training sessions (totalling approximately seven months) in research methodologies, including conducting three large-scale questionnaire-based surveys. As a result of this training the twelve women in the Team have secured over ten periods of employment (for example, with the University of Guyana, the Inter-American Development Bank and with private individuals). In addition I have written numerous funding proposals for the Research Team (to secure resources for the training sessions) and for Red Thread. I am currently writing up a SSHRC-funded project on an exploration of youth’s sexualities. The latest project is to investigate urban insecurities in the capital city of Georgetown (also SSHRC funded).

Research Interests

Geography , Gender Issues , Feminist geographies of gender, race and sexuality, Urban based research on women in cities, Whiteness and on developing anti-racist practices in Geography

All Publications

Books

Bain, A., and Peake, L. (eds.) Urbanization In A Global Context. Toronto: Oxford University Press

Peake, L., Rieker, M. (eds) (2013) Rethinking Feminist Interventions into the Urban London: Routledge.

Staeheli, L., Kofman, E., and L. Peake (eds) 2004 Mapping Gender, Making Politics: feminist perspectives in political geography. (London: Routledge)

Peake, L. and A. Trotz 1999 Gender, Place and Ethnicity: Women and Identities in Guyana (London: Routledge).

Caulfield, J. and L. Peake (eds.) 1996 City Lives and City Forms: Critical Perspectives on Canadian Urbanism (Toronto: University of Toronto Press).

Little, J., Peake L. and P. Richardson (eds.) 1988 Women in Cities: Gender and the Urban Environment (London: Macmillan).

Moser, C. O. N. and L. Peake (eds.) 1987 Women, Human Settlements and Housing (London: Tavistock).

Book Chapters

Peake, L., Rieker, M. 2013 “Rethinking feminist interventions into the urban” Peake, L., Rieker, M. (eds) Rethinking Feminist Interventions into the Urban (London: Routledge), pp.1-22. Peake, L. 2013 “Heteronormativity” in Sharpe, J., Kuus, M., and Dodds, K. (eds) Companion to Critical Geopolitics. (Ashgate Publishing) , pp.

Peake, L. and de Souza, K. (January 2010) “Feminist academic and activist praxis in service of the transnational” in Nagar, R., Swarr, A. (eds) Critical Transnational Feminist Praxis (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press), pp.105-123.

Bouchard, D., Chatterjee, P., Desai, J., de Souza, K., Detournay, D., Nagar, R., Peake, L., Silvey, R., Lock Swarr, S., and Wilcox, N. (January 2010) “Continuing Conversations” in Nagar, R., Swarr, A. (eds) Critical Transnational Feminist Praxis (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press), pp.206- 218

Peake, L. 2009 “Gender, Race and Sexuality” in Smith, S., Pain, R., Marston, S., and Jones III, J. P.(eds) The Handbook of Social Geography (London: Sage) , pp.129-95.

Peake, L. (2009a) “Social and Cultural Geography: Whiteness”. In Kitchin, R., and Thrift, N. (eds) The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (London; Elsevier). pp.247-253.

Peake, L. (2009b) “Urban Geography: Gender in the City”. In Kitchin, R., and Thrift, N. (eds) The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (London; Elsevier), pp.320-327.

Kobayashi, A. Peake, L 2007 "Racism in Place: Another Look at Shock, Horror, and Racialization" in Moss, P. and Falconer – Al-Hindi, K. (eds) (2007) Feminisms in geography: space, place, and environment, (Rowman & Littlefield), pp. 171-178.

McKittrick, K., Peake, L 2005 “The difference that difference(s) make to Geography” in Castree, N., Rogers, A., and D. Sherman (eds.) Questioning Geography. Essays on a contested discipline.(Oxford: Blackwell), pp.39-54.

Peake, L. and Trotz, A. 2001 "Feminism and Feminist Issues in the South” in Desai, V., Potter, R. (eds.) Companion to Development Studies (London: Arnold), pp.334-337.

Peake, L. 2000 Entries on ‘Urbanisation’ pp. 479-80; and ‘Urban Planning’ p.480 in L. Code (ed.) A Feminist Encyclopaedia (London: Routledge).

Trotz, A. and L. Peake (on behalf of Red Thread) 1999 “‘Givin’ lil bit for lil bit’: Women and Sex Work in Guyana” in Kempadoo, K. (ed.) Sun, Sex and Gold: Tourism and Sex Work in the Caribbean. (Boulder, CO: Rowman and Littlefield) , pp.263-290.

Peake, L. 1999 Entries on ‘Civil Society’ pp.31-32; ‘Discrimination’ p.61; ‘Empowerment’ pp.70-71; ‘Local State’ pp.155-156; ‘Personal is Political’ pp.199-200; ‘Pluralism’ p.203; ‘Political’ pp.203-204; ‘Political Correctness’ p.205; ‘Politics’ p.205; ‘Social Movements’ pp.256-257; ‘State’ pp.263-264; ‘Subjugation’ p.269; and ‘Subordination’ pp. 269-270 in L. McDowell and J. Sharpe (eds.) A Feminist Glossary for Geographers (London: Arnold).

Peake, L. 1998 “Living in Poverty in Linden, Guyana in the 1990s: Bauxite, the ‘Development of Poverty’ and Household Coping Mechanisms” in McGregor, D. (ed.) Resource Sustainability and Caribbean Development (Kingston, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press), pp.171-194.

Peake, L. 1997 “From Co-operative Socialism to a Social Housing Policy? Declines and Revivals in Housing Policy in Guyana” in Potter, R. and D. Conway (eds.) Self-Help Housing, the Poor and the State in the Caribbean (Kingston, Jamaica: University of Tennessee Press/University of West Indies Press), pp. 120-140.

Peake, L. 1996 "From Social Bases to Subjectivities: The Case of Red Thread in Guyana" in Bell, D., Keil, R, and G. Wekerle (Eds) Global Cities - Local Places: Issues in Urban Sustainability, (Toronto: Black Rose Books), pp. 147-154.

Wekerle, G. and Peake, L. 1996 "New Social Movements and Women's Urban Activism" in Caulfield, J. and L. Peake (eds.) City Lives and City Forms: Critical Perspectives on Canadian Urbanism (University of Toronto Press), pp. 263-281.

Moser, C. O. N. with Peake, L. 1996 “Seeing the Invisible: Women, Gender and Urban Development” in Stren, R. (ed.) Urban Research in Developing Countries Volume 4: Thematic Issues (Centre for Urban and Community Studies, University of Toronto), pp. 279-347.

Peake, L. 1994 "Engendering Change: The Place of Women's Work in Urban So¬cial Theory" in Kobayas¬hi, A. (ed.) Women, Work and Place (Montre¬al: McGill Press), pp. 3-26.

Kobayashi, A., Peake, L., Benenson, H., and K. Pickles 1994 "Placing Women and Work" in Kobayashi, A. (ed.) Women, Work and Place (Montreal: McGill Press), pp. xi-xlv (35pp).

Peake, L. 1993 "The Development and Role of Women's Political Organisations in Guyana" in Momsen, J. (ed.) Women and Change in the Caribbean (London: Macmillan), pp. 109-131.
Reprinted in Shepherd, V. (ed) (2009) Engendering Caribbean history: cross-cultural perspectives (A Reader) (Jamaica: Ian Randle Publishers)

Bondi, L. and Peake, L. 1988 "Gender and the City: Urban Politics Revisited" in Little, J. et al (eds.) Woman in Cities: Gender and the Urban Environment (London: Macmillan), pp. 21-40.

Little, J., Peake, L. and P. Richardson 1988 "Preface" AND "Introduction: Gender and the Urban Environment" in Little, J., et al (eds.) Women in Cities: Gender and the Urban Environment (London: Macmillan), pp. vi-x and 1-20.

Peake, L. 1987 "The Impact of Government Housing Policy on Women in Guyana" in Moser, C. O. N. and L. Peake (eds.) Women, Human Settlements and Housing (London: Tavistock), pp. 113-138.

Moser, C. O. N. and L. Peake 1987 "Postscript: What Hope for the Future?" in Moser, C. O. N. and L. Peake (eds.) Women, Human Settlements and Housing (London: Tavistock), pp. 195-201.

Peake, L. 1986 "A Conceptual Inquiry into Urban Politics and Gender" in Hoggart, K. and E. Kofman (eds.) Politics, Geography and Social Stratification (London: Croom Helm), pp. 62-85.

Journal Articles

Co-editor with Prof. Beverley Mullings and Prof. Kate Parizeau of a theme issue of The Canadian Geographer, 60 (2) on “Cultivating an Ethic of Wellness in Geography”.

Parizeau, K., Shillington, L., Hawkins, R., Sultana, F., Mountz, A., Mullings, B., and Peake, L. “Breaking the silence: A feminist geography call to action,” The Canadian Geographer 60 (2): 192-204. DOI: 10.1111/cag.12265

“Review of, ‘Mapping Desire’ by David Bell and Gill Valentine, Classic in human geography,” Progress in Human Geography 40 (4): 574-578. DOI:10.1177/0309132515585060

Bunnell, T., Yeah, S., Peake, L., Skelton, T., Smith, M. 2012 “Geographies of friendship” Progress in Human Geography 36 (4): 490 – 507.

Peake, L.(2011) “In, out and unspeakably about; taking social geography beyond an Anglo-American positionality” Social and Cultural Geography 12 (7): 757-773.

Peake, L. 2010 “J.K. Gibson-Graham and GPC” Gender, Place and Culture 17 (3)

Peake, L. ( 2010) “Feminist and quantitative? Measuring the extent of domestic violence in Georgetown, Guyana.” Treballs de la Societat Catalana de Geografia. 66, pp. 133-148.

Mullings, B., Warner, M., Peake, L. (2010) “Fear and Loathing in Haiti: Race and the Politics of Humanitarian Dispossession.” ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies

Peake, L. 2008 “Editorial:moving on up” Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography 15 (1): 1-5.

Drummond, L., Peake, L. 2005 “Introduction to Being Political: Genealogies of Citizenship” Political Geography, 24 (3): 341-343.

Co-editor with Prof. Lisa Drummond of a theme issue of Political Geography, 24 (3) on reports of a book by Prof. Engin Isin (Being Political).

Peake, L. and Valentine, G. 2003 “Editorial” Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography 10 (2): 105-107

*Peake, L. and Kobayashi, A. 2002 “Anti-Racist Policies and Practices for Geography at the Millennium”. The Professional Geographer, 54 (1): 50-61.

*Trotz, A. and Peake, L. 2001 “Work, Family and Organising: An Overview of the Contemporary Economic, Social and Political Roles of Women in Guyana” (Caribbean Journal of) Social and Economic Studies, 50 (2): 67-102.

* Peake, L. and Ray, B. 2001 "Racialising the Canadian Landscape: Whiteness, Uneven Geographies, and Social Justice" The Canadian Geographer 45 (1): 180-186.

Gleeson, B., Katz, C., Johnson, N., Kitchin, R., Peake,L., Sibley, D. and Valentine, G. 2000 “Editorial” Social and Cultural Geography 1 (1): 5-7

*Trotz, A. and Peake, L. 2000 “Work, Family and Organising: An Overview of the Emergence of the Economic, Social and Political Roles of Women in British Guiana” (Caribbean Journal of) Social and Economic Studies, 49 (4): 189 -222.

Peake, L., Schein, R. 2000 "Racing Geography into the New Millennium. Studies of 'Race' and North American Geographies". Journal of Social and Cultural Geography 1 (2): 1-15.

*Kobayashi, A. and Peake, L. 2000 "Racism out of Place: Thoughts on Whiteness and an Antiracist Geography in the New Millennium", Annals of the Association of American Geographers 90: 392-403.
Reprinted in Moss, P. and Falconer – Al-Hindi, K. (eds) (2007) Feminisms in geography: space, place, and environment, (Rowman & Littlefield).

*Peake, L. 1997 “Toward a Social Geography of the City: Race and Dimensions of Urban Poverty in Women’s Lives”, The Journal of Urban Affairs 19 (3): 335-361.

*Peake, L. 1995 "Toward an Understanding of the Interconnectedness of Women's Lives: the 'Racial' Reproduction of Labor in Low-Income Areas" Urban Geography, 16 (5): 414-439.

*Kobayashi, A. and L. Peake 1994 "Unnatural Discourse: 'Race' and Gender in Geography" Gender, Place and Culture, 1(2): 225-243.
Reprinted in Barnes, T. and D. Gregory (eds.) Reading Human Geography. The Poetics and Politics of Inquiry (London: Arnold), pp. 445-460.
Reprinted in Borghi, R and Rondinonede, A. (eds) (2009) A Reader in Gender and Geography (in Italian)
This was to be reprinted in Bauder, H. and Engel-Di Mauro, S. (eds.) (2008) Reader in Critical Geographies, Praxis(e)Press but copyright issues prevented it

*Peake, L. 1994 “‘Proper Words in Proper Places...’ or of Young Turks and Old Turkeys” The Canadian Geographer, 38 (3): 204-206.
Reprinted (partially) in Women and Geography Study Group (1997) Feminist Geographies: Feminist Explorations in Difference and Diversity (Essex: Longman), pp. 47-48.

*Peake, L. 1993 "Race and Sexuality: challenging the patriarchal structuring of urban social space" Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 11 (6): 415-432.
Reprinted in Harloe, M. (ed.) (1996) The Sociology of Urban Communities (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar).
Reprinted in Hamnett, C. (ed.) (1996) Social Geography. A Reader (London: Arnold).

Peake, L. 1990 "Women's Work: Incorporating Gender into Theories of Urban Social Change" Women and Environments, Fall 1989/Winter 1990, 18-20.

*McDowell, L. and L. Peake 1990 "Women in British Geography Revisited: or the same old story" Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 14 (1): 19-30.

*Kofman, E. and L. Peake 1990 "Editorial Comment on the Special Issue" AND "Introduction: A Gendered Agenda for Political Geography in the 1990s" Political Geography Quarterly, 9 (4): 311-312 and 313-336.
Reprinted in John A. and Mamadouh, V. (eds) (2008) Contemporary Foundations of Space and Place – Politics: Critical Essays in Human Geography (London: Ashgate Publishing), pp. 67-90

Co-editor with Prof. Eleonore Kofman of a special edition of Political Geography Quarterly, entitled "Political Geography and Gender", 9 (4).

*Peake, L. 1989 "An Overview of Feminist Geography in the 1980s" Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 13 (1): 85.

*Bowlby, S. and L. Peake 1989 "The Development of Feminist Geography in Britain" Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 13 (1): 90-92.

*Bondi, L. and L. Peake 1989 "Gender and Urban Politics" Contemporary Issues in Geography and Education, 3 (1): 35-43.

Editor of a special edition of Arena, in Journal of Geography in Higher Education entitled "The Challenge of Feminist Geography", 13, (1): 85-121.

*Bondi, L. and L. Peake 1988 "Fending for Ourselves: Women as Teachers of Geography in Higher Education" Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 12 (2): 216-218.

*Peake, L. and P. Jackson 1988 "The Restless Analyst: An Interview with David Harvey" Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 12 (1): 5-20.

*Peake, L. 1987 "Guyana: A Country in Crisis" Geography, 72 (4): 356-360.

*Peake, L. 1985 "Teaching Feminist Geography, Another Perspective" Journal of Geography in Higher Education 9 (2): 186-190.

*Peake, L. 1984 "Why Särlvik and Crewe fail to explain the 1979 General Election and Electoral Trends in the 1970s" Political Geography Quarterly, 3 (2): 161-168.

Hyman, H., Mortimer, J. and L. Peake 1979 "SSRC Research Training Course: The View of Three Research Students" Area, 11 (3): 262-263.

Bunnell, T., Yeah, S., Peake, L., Skelton, T., Smith, M. 2012 “Geographies of friendship” Progress in Human Geography 36 (4): 490 – 507.

Conference Papers

September 2012, Workshop on Decentring Knowledge: geographical perspectives A two day workshop organised by the Geography departments of Sheffield University and the National University of Singapore. The workshop aims to make a critical interrogation of, and sustained attempt to work beyond, the latent EuroAmericanism and geographical situatedness of academic knowledge production, particularly within contemporary Human Geography. I was invited as the keynote. Keynote speaker: Encountering less familiar terrain March 2010, Contextualizing geographical approaches to studying gender in Asia. Organised by the Department of Geography, University of Delhi and the College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University with support from the International Geographical Union (IGU). Invited plenary: Interrogating Anglo-American hegemony in feminist geography.

March 2010, Contextualizing geographical approaches to studying gender in Asia. Organised by the Department of Geography, University of Delhi and the College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University with support from the International Geographical Union (IGU). Invited plenary: Interrogating Anglo-American hegemony in feminist geography.

December 2009 Norma Wilkinson Lecture, Reading University, UK. The Norma Wilkinson lecture series was conceived as an opportunity for the Department of Geography to bring leading authorities from around the world to lecture to the university to promote the latest research ideas and to inspire staff and students of the University. The lecture series is funded from the proceeds of a bequest by Norma Wilkinson, a University of Reading alumna. “The lost Amerindian girls, the tooth fairy and the Whore of Babylon”

December 2009, Feminist Geographies Seminar, Geography Department, Reading University, UK A seminar series given in my honour. Connecting Feminist Geographies: Continuities and Differences across Time and Space. “Feminist and Quantitative? “Measuring the extent of domestic violence amongst Guyanese women in Georgetown, Guyana”. (Other presentations given by Profs. Gill Valentine, Linda McDowell, Sophie Bowlby, Eleonore Kofman, Nina Laurie, Jo Little).

May 2009 Gendering neoliberalism: mobility, desire, labour, American University of Cairo, Egypt. “Neoliberal times? The heterosexing of race and class in the formation of the Guyanese nation”

January 2009 Social and Cultural Geography Research Group of the RGS-IBG, University of Brighton, UK. Reinvigorating Social Geography: the politics and praxis of Social and Cultural Geography in the UK “Gender, race and sexuality: whither social geography?”

November, 2008 Catalan Geographical Society, Barcelona, Spain “Feminist, post-colonial and quantitative? Measuring the extent of domestic violence in Guyana”

April 2008 Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Boston, USA “Transnational anti-racist feminism: collaboration on a study of domestic violence in Guyana”.

November 2007 International Geographical Union, Gender and Geography Study Group. Taiwan “Feminist academic and activist praxis in service of the transnational”

April 2007 Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, San Fransisco, USA “Feminist, post-colonial and quantitative? Measuring the extent of domestic violence in Guyana”

June 2006 “, International Geographical Union, Gender and Geography Study Group. Pre-Congress Symposium, Waikato, New Zealand. Conference theme: Shifting Boundaries: Gender, Bodies and Spaces. “Labour markets versus trafficking? Understanding women’s employment in Guyana”.

September 15th and 16th, 2006 "Towards a Transnational Feminist Praxis." Paper presentation “Red Thread: a case study in transnational feminist praxis.” (with Karen de Souza). University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

January, 2005 International Conference of Critical Geographers, Mexico City, Mexico “Developing a geographic agenda for studies of violence against women.”

May 2005, Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Conference, Western University, London, Ontario “Framing feminist geographies of violence against women”.

April 2005, York and Carleton Women’s Studies joint seminar, York University, Feminist responses to labour market restructuring in the Global South. “Impacts upon labour markets for Guyanese women”.

March 2005, Inter-Faculty Working Group on Gender and Violence, Bristol U, UK. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Gendered Violence: National and International Developments in Theory, Research and Practice. Conference theme: Violence against women: coordinating activism, research and service provision

August, 2004, International Geographical Union, Gender and Geography Study Group. Pre-Congress Symposium, Durham, UK. Conference theme: Globalisation and development perspectives: towards a feminist dialogue “Beyond Development and Globalization ? Domestic Violence in Guyana” (with Karen de Souza, Red Thread)

August, 2004 . International Geographical Congress , Glasgow “A woman’s NGO in the context of neo-liberalism: the case of the Red Thread Women’s Development Programme in Guyana” (with Karen de Souza, Red Thread).

July 2004, Women’s Studies Association (UK and Ireland), Dublin, Feminists contesting Globalisation Conference theme: Violence against Women and Children: Global Perspectives “Domestic Violence in Guyana: understanding the work of the Red Thread Women’s Development Programme” (with Karen de Souza, Red Thread).

May 2004 , Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Conference, Moncton, Canada. “Graduate Student Career Planning “

November 2004 Graduate Programme in Women’s Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada. “Getting through the comprehensive stage of the Ph.D”

October 2004. Urban Studies Program, The City Seminar. York University, Toronto, Canada. “An urban question? Conducting feminist research in the urban South”

May 2003. Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Conference. Victoria, Canada. “Making gender, race, ethnicity and sexuality: a case study from Guyana” AND “Publishing Critical Geography: Meet the Editors” Panel Session. I participated as the editor of Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography.

March 2002. Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Los Angeles, USA. “Publishing Critical Geography: Meet the Editors” Panel Session. I participated as the editor of Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography.

June, 2001. Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. "Post Colonial Feminisms and Urban Geography" (given by Ms. Amrita Persaud)

March, 2001. Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, New York, USA. " The Social Construction of Scale: A Transnationalist Case Study"

November 2000. Department of Geography and International Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA. " Sexing Race and Class: The Formation of Identities in Linden, Guyana" AND "Feminist Fieldwork Dilemmas: Researching Domestic Violence with Red Thread in Guyana"

October, 2000. Graduate Programme in Geography, York University, Toronto, Canada. "Urban Geography and Urban Identities: A Review and a Case Study"

April, 2000. 'Women Researching Women: Methodology Report and Research Projects on the Study of Domestic Violence and Women’s Reproductive Health in Guyana'. Inter-American Development Bank. Tower Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana.

June, 1999. Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Conference, Lethbridge, Canada. “Constructing Indo-Guyanese women’s identities: scale, the local and the global”.

April, 1999. Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Hawaii. *“A Politics of the Possible: the Feminism of Red Thread Women’s Development Programme, Guyana” AND Discussant of session, “Unruly Spaces: Emerging Geographies of Difference and Defiance”.

March 1999. Taking Back our Resistances: The Contemporary Cultures, Strategies and Issues of Social Movements and Resistance. Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Canada. “ Red Thread’s Feminism: ‘A Politics of the Possible?’”

October, 1999. ‘Race, Transnationalism and Technology’ Varenius Project and National Science Foundation Workshop, Geography Department, University of Kentucky, USA.

July, 1998. The Working Sex: The Sex Trade, Tourism and Development Strategies in the Caribbean, Kingston, Jamaica. *“ ‘Givin’ lil bit fuh lil bit’: An analysis of the Nature and Extent of Sex Work in Guyana” (with Dr. A. Trotz, Queen’s University, on behalf of Red Thread).

July, 1998. The Third Royal Geographical Society /Institute of British Geographers British-Caribbean Seminar on Resource Sustainability and Caribbean Development, University of the West Indies, Jamaica. *“The Local/Global Construction of Indo-Guyanese Identities in Meten Meer Zorg, Guyana”. I also organised the two conferences sessions on “Gendered Identities in the Caribbean”.

October, 1998. ‘Race and Geography’ National Science Foundation Workshop, Geography Department, University of Kentucky, USA. *“Position Paper on Race and Geography” (with Dr. A. Kobayashi, Queen’s University).

August, 1997. Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Conference. “Becoming Canadian: Immigration and the Changing Geography of Canadian Cities” (given by Dr. A. Kobayashi, Queen’s University).

April 1997. Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada “The Racial Reproduction of Labour in a Low-Income Urban Area in the United States” AND Introduction of Guest Speaker, Dr. Richard Stren.

February, 1997. Graduate Programme in Women’s Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada. “Professional Development: Ethical Issues in the Research Process”.

October, 1996. Canadian Association of Latin Americanists and Caribbeanists Annual Conference, York University, Toronto. “The Social Construction of Place and Identities: The Case of Meten Meer Zorg East, Guyana”.

August, 1995. The Second Royal Geographical Society /Institute of British Geographers British-Caribbean Seminar on Resource Sustainability and Caribbean Development, Royal Holloway, University of London, England. *“Living in Poverty in Linden, Guyana in the 1990s: Bauxite, the ‘Development of Poverty’ and Household Coping Mechanisms”.

January, 1995. Institute of British Geographers, (IBG) Annual Conference, England. "The Production of Marginal Subjectivities: The Work of Red Thread in Guyana".

October, 1995. Graduate Programme in Geography, York University, Toronto, Canada. “Structural Adjustment and the Bauxite Industry in Guyana”.

April, 1994. AAG Annual Conference, USA. "'Race' and Gender: The Politics of their Practice".

February, 1994. Graduate Programme in Women's Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada. "Working with Red Thread, a Guyanese Women's Development Project".

June, 1993. ERASMUS Feminist Geography Conference. Department of Geography, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. *"Structural Adjustment and Low Income Women in Guyana".

July, 1993. Society for Caribbean Studies (SCS), Annual Conference, Oxford, England. "Stories of and about Guyanese Women".

June, 1993. CAG Annual Conference, Canada. "Structural Adjustment and the Daily Lives of Low Income Women in Urban Areas in Guyana". AND * "Unnatural Discourse: 'Race' and Gender in Geography" (with Dr. A. Kobayashi, Queen’s University).

June, 1993. CAG Annual Conference, Canada. "Structural Adjustment and the Daily Lives of Low Income Women in Urban Areas in Guyana". AND * "Unnatural Discourse: 'Race' and Gender in Geography" (with Dr. A. Kobayashi, Queen’s University).

January, 1993. IBG Annual Conference, England. "‘These are Very Guyanese Stories’: the Emancipatory Work of Red Thread in Guyana".

November, 1993. Seminar Series on Sustainable Cities. Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada. "From Social Bases to Subjectivities: The Case of Red Thread Women’s Development Programme".

August, 1992. International Geographical Union, Gender and Geography Study Group. Pre-Congress Symposium on Women's Paid and Unpaid Work in a Changing Global Economy, Rutgers University. *"Low-Income Household Coping Strategies; Gender and the Transformation of the Urban Environment".

August, 1992. International Geographical Congress, XXVII, Washington D.C. *"An investigation into the Coping Strategies of Low-Income Households in Guyana".

May, 1992. CAG Annual Conference, Canada. "From Benevolence to Taking Control; From Taking Control to Sharing the Power; The Development and Role of Women's Political Organizations in Guyana".

April, 1992. AAG Annual Conference, USA. "Urban Household Survival Strategies in Guyana and the Quest for Participation".

March, 1992. Women and Cities in Developing Countries Villes et Dévelopment Groupe Interuniversitaire de Montréal, Montréal, Canada. *"Some Conceptual Notes on Gender Planning".

February, 1992. Geography Department, Syracuse University, USA. "Challenging the Patriarchal Structure of Urban-Social Space: Gender, `Race' and Sexuality."

June, 1991. CAG Annual Conference, Canada. "Affirmative Action in a Canadian Geography Department".

May, 1990. AAG Annual Conference, USA. "Race, Gender and Household Survival Strategies: The Reproduction of Social Inequality". AND "Feminism as Method".

April, 1990. Geography Graduate Programme, York University, Toronto, Canada. Geography Department, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. School of Urban Planning and Architecture, Cornell University, USA. "Race, Gender and Household Survival Strategies: The Spatial Reproduction of Social Inequality".

March, 1989. AAG Annual Conference, USA. *"Integrating Race and Ethnicity into Geographic Gender Studies: A Case Study from Guyana". AND "An International Overview of Feminist Geography in the 1980s".

June, 1989. Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. "Low-Skilled Work; High-Skilled Women: Employment in Data Entry Firms in Jamaica", (with Dr. R. Pearson, University of East Anglia).

April, 1989. Women and Community Structure Workshop Series. Centre for Urban and Community Studies, University of Toronto, Canada. "Why Women Matter: Feminist Research on Cities", (with Dr. L. Bondi, Edinburgh University).

February, 1989. Geography Department, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. "Evaluating the Impact of Castells' Theory on Current Directions in Urban Social Theory".

February, 1988. Women, Work and Place. Geography Department, McGill University, Montreal. *"City and Society: The Place of Women's Work".

November, 1988. Social Science Faculty, Grand Valley State University, Michigan, USA. "Theories of Urban Social Change in the 1980s".

November, 1987. Geographical Society Association, Kingston upon Thames (UK) Branch. "The Role of Women in Third World Development".

May, 1986, 1987, 1988. Short Course on Planning with Women for Urban Development. Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College, London, UK. "Planning with Women in Cuba and Guyana". AND "The Domestic Labour Debate and its Implication for Development Strategies".

September, 1986. Geography and Urban Planning: Women and the Man Made Environment. Women and Planning Group, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam. *"Feminist Geography: Women, Politics and the Feminist Community".

January, 1985. IBG Annual Conference, England. "Labour Market Segmentation and Women's Service Sector Employment in the Reading Area”.

June, 1985. Short Course on Planning with Women for Urban Development. DPU, University College London, England. "The Contribution of Women's Organisations in Cuba and Guyana to Gender-Aware Urban Planning". AND "Urban Politics in Britain: Conceptual Issues and Concrete Results".

September, 1984. Regional Science Association Annual Conference, England. "Labour Market Segmentation by Gender. A Case Study in the Thames Valley", (with Dr. S. Bowlby, Reading University and Mrs. P. Wilkins).

May - July, 1984. Short Course on Planning with Women for Urban Development. DPU, UCL, England. "The Experience of Women's Participation in Cuban Planning: Integration or Autonomy?". AND "Conceptual Issues and Debates Concerning Gender, Urban Politics and Development".

February, 1984. School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, England. "Issues of Gender and Development" (with Dr. R. Feldman, Dr. R. Pearson and Ms. L. Vincent).

September, 1984 Geographical Aspects of Social Stratification. Two day conference. Social Geography Study Group. *"A Conceptual Inquiry into Urban Politics and Gender: Formal and Informal Modes of Participation".

March, 1984. Gender and the Built Environment. Two day conference. Women and Geography Study Group. *"Gender and Urban Politics: An Appraisal", (with Dr. L. Bondi, Edinburgh University).

May, 1983. Meeting of Minds? Feminism and Modes of Geographic Thought. Day Conference. Women and Geography Study Group. Joint Conference Organiser "The Impact of Feminism on Geographer's Theory and Practice" AND "Micro-Electronic Technology and Labour Market Segmentation in a Local Labour Market".

January, 1982. Postgraduate Forum, IBG Annual Conference, England.. "Urban Social Movements and Protest Potential".

Book Reviews

A Companion to Feminist Geography by Lise Nelson and Joni Seager (eds.) (2005, Blackwell: Oxford) In The Canadian Geographer (2005), 49 (4): 416-418.

Caribbean Women at the Crossroads: The Paradox of Motherhood among Women of Barbados, St. Lucia and Dominica by Patricia Mohammed and Althea Perkins (1999, University of the West Indies: Canoe Press) in Third World Planning Review (2001), 22 (1): 107-109.

Guyana: Microcosm of Sustainable Development Challenges by Barry Munslow (1998, Aldershot, Eng., & Brookfield, VT: Ashgate) in New West Indian Guide (2001), 75 (3 and 4): 327-329.

Gender, Human Rights and Planning by Tovi Fenster (ed.) (1999, London: Routledge) in The Canadian Geographer (2000), 44, (1): 93-95.

Development Arrested. Race, Power and the Blues in the Mississippi Delta by Clyde Woods (1998, London and New York: Verso) in Political Geography (2000), 19 (8): 1037-1040.

Gender, Foreign Exchange and Development in the Philippines by Sylvia Chant and Cathy MacIlwaine (1995, London: Pluto Press) in Progress in Human Geography (1997), 21, (1):120-122.

The Myth of the Male Breadwinner: Women and Industrialisation in the Caribbean by Helen Safa (1995, Boulder, CO.: Westview Press) in Third World Planning Review (1996), 18, (2): 258-259.

Women and Development in the Third World by Janet Henshall-Momsen (1991, London: Routledge) in Progress in Human Geography (1993), 17, (1): 149-150.

Changing Perceptions, Writings on Gender and Development by Tina Wallace with Candida March (eds.) (1991, London: Oxfam) in Third World Planning Review (1992), 14, (2): 216-217.

Life Spaces: Gender, Household, Employment by Caroline Andrew and Beth Moore Milroy (eds.) (1988, Vancouver: UBC Press) in The Canadian Geographer (1991), 35, (3): 319.

Women and Politics: An International Perspective by Vicki Randall (1987, London: Macmillan) in Political Geography Quarterly (1989), 8, (3): 305-306.

The West Indies: Patterns of Development, Culture and Environmental Change Since 1492 by David Watts (1987, Cambridge Series in Historical Geography No. 8: Cambridge University Press) in The Geographical Journal (1989), 155, (2): 260-261.

Geography and Gender. An Introduction to Feminist Geography by Women and Geography Study Group of the Institute of British Geographers (1984, London: Hutchinson) in Contemporary Issues in Geographical Education (1989), 3, (1): 87-90.

Women and Environment in the Third World. Alliance for the Future by Irene Dankelman and Joan Davidson (1988, International Union for Conservation of Native and Natural Resources: Earthscan Publications Ltd.) in Town and Country Planning, (1988), 57, (11): 318.

Two Track Training: Sex Inequalities and the YTS by Cynthia Cockburn (1987, London: Macmillan) in Environment and Planning A (1988), 20, (7): 987-988.

Geography and Gender in the Third World by Janet Momsen and Janet Townsend (eds.) (1987, London: Hutchinson) in Town and Country Planning (1987) 56, (10): 275-276.

A Short History of the Guyanese People by Vincent Daly (1985, London: Macmillan) in Developing Areas Study Group Newsletter, Institute of British Geographers, Spring 1986.

Gender Roles in Development Projects by Catherine Overholt, Mary Anderson, Kathleen Cloud and James Austin (1985, Connecticut: Kumarian Press) in Public Administration and Development (1986), 6, (1): 107-108.

Racial Exclusionism and the City: the Urban Support of the National Front by Christopher Husbands, (1984, London: Allen and Unwin) in Political Geography Quarterly (1985), 4, (3): 258.

Her Space, Her Place: A Geography of Women by Ellen Mazey and David Lee (1983, Washington Association of American Geographers, Resource Publications in Geography) in Women and Geography Study Group Newsletter, Institute of British Geographers, Spring 1984.

Society and Nature: Socialist Perspectives on the Relationship between Human and Physical Geography by The London Group of the Union of Socialist Geographers (1983, London: Union of Socialist Geographers, Institute of British Geographers) in Contemporary Issues in Geographical Education, 1984, (1): 2.

Research Reports

Ley, D., Braun, B., Domosh, M., LeHeron, R., Peake, L., Willekins, F., Yeoh, B. 2012. International Benchmarking Review for United Kingdom Human Geography (London: ESRC), pp. 56. http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/tools-and-resources/impact-evaluation/UK-human-geography.aspx

Peake, L. (on behalf of Red Thread Women’s Development Programme) 2004 “You talking ‘bout everyday story”: An exploratory study on trafficking in persons in Guyana (Georgetown, Guyana: International Office on Migration) 80pp.

Peake, L. (on behalf of Red Thread Women’s Development Programme) 2000 Women Researching Women: Methodology Report and Research Projects on the Study of Domestic Violence and Women’s Reproductive Health in Guyana (Georgetown, Guyana: Inter-American Development Bank) 300pp. Project TC-97-07-40-9-GY.

Kobayashi, A. and L. Peake 1996a The Metropolis Project: Urban Studies Research on Immigrants and Immigration in Canadian Cities (Ottawa: Canada Immigration and Citizenship) 50pp.

Kobayashi, A. and L. Peake 1996b Annotated Bibliography on Urban Studies Literature on Immigrants and Canadian Cities (Ottawa: Canada Immigration and Citizenship) 210pp.

Andrews, C., Gurstein, P., Klodawsky, F., Moore Milroy B., Peake, L., Rose, D. and G. Wekerle 1994 Canadian Women in Cities (Ottawa: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Position Paper for OECD Conference) 46pp.
Also published as "Canadian Women in Cities" Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation Discussion Paper 28pp.

Moser, C. O. N. and L. Peake 1994 "Seeing the Invisible: Women, Gender and Urban Development", Centre for Urban and Community Studies, University of Toronto, Major Report 50 pp.

Peake, L. and J. Munuve 1986 Evaluation of CIIR's Volunteer Programme in Zimbabwe (London: Catholic Institute for International Relations) 100 pp.

Forthcoming

Peake, L. and Rieker, M. (eds.) Handbook on Gender and Cities. Edward Elgar International Handbooks on Gender Series. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. Contract signed.

Kobayashi, A., Peake, L. “Intersectionality”. Datta, A., Hopkins, P., Johnston, L., Olson, E.,and Maria Silva, J. The Routledge International handbook of Gender and Feminist Geographies (London: Routledge)

Peake, L., Sheppard, E. “USA and Anglo-Canada”. Berg, L., Best, U. (eds.) Placing Critical Geography: International Histories of Critical Geographies (London: Routledge), 24pp.

Peake, L. 2010 “Feminist and quantitative? Measuring the extent of domestic violence in Georgetown, Guyana.” Treballs de la Societat Catalana de Geografia 66, pp. 133-148. To be reprinted in DeShong, H. and K. Kempadoo (eds.) Critical Methodologies in Caribbean Research on Gender, Sexuality and Culture (New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press)

Peake,L. and Sheppard, E. (forthcoming) “USA and Anglo-Canada” Lawrence Berg and Ulrich Best (eds) Placing Critical Geography: International Histories of Critical Geographies (Ashgate Publishing)

Other

Encyclopaedias Edited: Section editor of over 40 entries on “Social Geography” in The AAG Encyclopaedia of Geography, edited by Richardson, D. Castree, N., Goodchild, M., Kobayashi, A., Liu, W., and R. Marston. Malden, Oxford: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.

Submitted: Peake, L. “The Life and Times of the Union of Socialist Geographers” in Barnes, T., Sheppard, E. (eds.) Historical Geographies of Radical Geography (Antipode Book Series) Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 20pp. For Antipode’s 50th anniversary.

Submitted: Peake, L., Buckley, M., Patrick, M., Reddy, R., Ruddick, S., Tanyildiz, G., and Tchoukaleyska, R. Theorizing Planetary Urbanization from the Constitutive Outside. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

Submitted: Ruddick, S., Peake, L., Patrick, D., and G. Tanyildiz. An Other Urban is Possible: A Symptomatic Reading of Planetary Urbanization. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

Podcasts: Feminists on the Frontlines. Gender, Place and Culture. http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/pgas/cgpc-feminists-audio

Approach To Teaching

My aim in teaching is to ensure that students have learned both content and critical thinking skills in ways that are engaging and enjoyable. I do this in three ways: introducing students to existing academic knowledge through lectures and seminars; developing critical thinking skills through open discussion; and taking an interest in each student and their academic interests.


My research interests focus on issues of feminist geographies of gender, race and sexuality, particularly as they pertain to the global south, and specifically Guyana. In addition to my work in Guyana I also have long standing interests in urban based research on women in cities; on whiteness and on developing anti-racist practices in Geography; and feminist methodologies, particularly in terms of the work these do in transnational feminist praxis.


I graduated from Reading University, UK, with an undergraduate degree and PhD in Geography. Since completing my PhD in 1983 I have taught at universities in England, the United States, Guyana and Canada and conducted research in the fields of geography, urban studies, development studies and women’s studies. I am a Professor, appointed in the Department of Social Science, where I teach in the Urban Studies Program. Since 2013 I have also been the Director of the City Institute. I am also a member of the Graduate Programmes in Geography, Development Studies, and Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies. I regularly supervise both MA and Ph.D. students in all three programmes. Research Interests: My research interests focus on issues of feminist geographies of gender, race and sexuality, particularly as they pertain to the global south, and specifically Guyana. In addition to my work in Guyana I also have long standing interests in urban based research on women in cities; on whiteness and on developing anti-racist practices in Geography; and feminist methodologies, particularly in terms of the work these do in transnational feminist praxis. I have been conducting research in Guyana for nearly three decades, working with the Guyanese women’s organisation Red Thread on topics ranging through the impact of structural adjustment on women and households, domestic violence, women’s reproductive health, sex work, trafficking and most recently young adults and sexualities. These research projects have resulted in a team of researchers within Red Thread who have used their skills to conduct their own research as well as to gain employment in research conducted by various agencies and individuals in the country. I am an active supervisor and mentor and many postgraduates have accompanied me on research trips to Guyana (Amrita Persaud, Charulata Prasada, Nancy Kingsbury, Jennifer Johnson, Roxanne Richardson, Katherine Topelko, Kate Nowak, Shannon Gurevitch, Leeann Townsend, Andy Inkster, Katie MacDonald, Michelle Bobala) and England (Liz Millward) and to conferences in Canada, the USA and Australia (Allyson Mitchell, Katherine McKittrick, Sue Frohlick, Mary Ebos, Abhar Hussain, Colette Murray, Laura Shillington, Leeann Townsend). I have sat on a number of editorial boards of academic journals including having been the Managing Editor of Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography (2002-2008), a founding editor of Social and Cultural Geography (1998-2002) and book review editor of Antipode (1992-1995). I currently serve on the editorial boards of the journals Gender, Place and Culture, Social and Cultural Geography, The Canadian Geographer and the Journal of Latin American Geography and Gender. Most recently I have joined the International Advisory Board of Signs. My most recent grant is a 6 year SSHRC Partnership Grant: Urbanization, gender and the global south: a transformative knowledge network. Area of Specialization: Urban Studies, Women's Studies, Human Geography Degrees: Ph.D., Geography, Reading University B.A. Hons., Geography, Reading University Professional Leadership: July 2013 - current, Director, The City Institute, York University. Sept 2012 – June 2015 External Examiner, Undergraduate Degree, Department of Geography, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus, Trinidad and Tobago. Jan – Dec 2012 International Benchmarking Review of UK Human Geography, Member of an International Panel that reviewed UK Human Geography for ESRC. July 2007 – June 2008 Director, Centre for Feminist Research 2002- 2003 Chair, Geography, Planning and Environmental Studies Committee, SSHRC, Canada. Community Contributions: Expert affidavit, Asylum case for Guyanese LGBTQI individuals January 1992 – present. Associate member of Red Thread with specific responsibility for the Research Team. Red Thread is a multiracial Women’s Development Programme in Guyana. Established in 1986 its aim has been to assist women to empower themselves to participate in the development of their country. I joined the group in 1992 and established the Research Team. Since that time I have given the Team five training sessions (totalling approximately seven months) in research methodologies, including conducting three large-scale questionnaire-based surveys. As a result of this training the twelve women in the Team have secured over ten periods of employment (for example, with the University of Guyana, the Inter-American Development Bank and with private individuals). In addition I have written numerous funding proposals for the Research Team (to secure resources for the training sessions) and for Red Thread. I am currently writing up a SSHRC-funded project on an exploration of youth’s sexualities. The latest project is to investigate urban insecurities in the capital city of Georgetown (also SSHRC funded).

Area of Specialization

Urban Studies, Women's Studies

Degrees

Ph.D., Geography, Reading University
B.A. Hons., Geography, Reading University

Professional Leadership

July 2013 - June 2014 Acting Director The City Institute Sept 2012 – June 2015 External Examiner, Undergraduate Degree, Department of Geography, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus, Trinidad and Tobago. Jan – Dec 2012 International Benchmarking Review of UK Human Geography, Member of an International Panel that reviewed UK Human Geography. July 2007 – June 2008 Director, Centre for Feminist Research 2002- 2003 Chair, Geography, Planning and Environmental Studies Committee, SSHRC, Canada. 1999 – 2000 Geography Committee Member, Social Science and Humanities Research 2000 - 2001 Council (SSHRC), Canada.

Community Contributions

February 2011 Expert affidavit, Asylum case, Brenda Wemp, Barrister and Solicitor, Vancouver September 2009 Expert affidavit, Asylum case, Immigration Equality, Inc., New York, USA August 2009 Expert affidavit, Asylum case, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, New York, USA May 2009 Expert affidavit, Asylum case, Masliah & Soloway, PC, NY, USA April 2007 Expert affidavit, Asylum case, Cooley Godward, Kronish LLP, New York, USA March 2007 Expert affidavit, Asylum case, Immigration Equality, New York, USA September 2005 Expert affidavit, Asylum case, Legal Aid Agency, New York, USA June 2005 Expert affidavit, Asylum case, Thompson Hine LLP, New York, USA March 2005 Expert affidavit, Asylum case, Immigration Equality, New York, USA February 2005 Expert affidavit, Asylum case, Lesbian and Gay Immigration Task Force, NY, USA Guyana January 1992 – present Associate member of Red Thread with specific responsibility for the Research Team. Red Thread is a multiracial Women’s Development Programme in Guyana. Established in 1986 its aim has been to assist women to empower themselves to participate in the development of their country. I joined the group in 1992 and established the Research Team. Since that time I have given the Team five training sessions (totalling approximately seven months) in research methodologies, including conducting three large-scale questionnaire-based surveys. As a result of this training the twelve women in the Team have secured over ten periods of employment (for example, with the University of Guyana, the Inter-American Development Bank and with private individuals). In addition I have written numerous funding proposals for the Research Team (to secure resources for the training sessions) and for Red Thread. I am currently writing up a SSHRC-funded project on an exploration of youth’s sexualities. The latest project is to investigate urban insecurities in the capital city of Georgetown (also SSHRC funded).

Research Interests:

Geography , Gender Issues , Feminist geographies of gender, race and sexuality, Urban based research on women in cities, Whiteness and on developing anti-racist practices in Geography

All Publications

Books

Bain, A., and Peake, L. (eds.) Urbanization In A Global Context. Toronto: Oxford University Press

Peake, L., Rieker, M. (eds) (2013) Rethinking Feminist Interventions into the Urban London: Routledge.

Staeheli, L., Kofman, E., and L. Peake (eds) 2004 Mapping Gender, Making Politics: feminist perspectives in political geography. (London: Routledge)

Peake, L. and A. Trotz 1999 Gender, Place and Ethnicity: Women and Identities in Guyana (London: Routledge).

Caulfield, J. and L. Peake (eds.) 1996 City Lives and City Forms: Critical Perspectives on Canadian Urbanism (Toronto: University of Toronto Press).

Little, J., Peake L. and P. Richardson (eds.) 1988 Women in Cities: Gender and the Urban Environment (London: Macmillan).

Moser, C. O. N. and L. Peake (eds.) 1987 Women, Human Settlements and Housing (London: Tavistock).

Book Chapters

Peake, L., Rieker, M. 2013 “Rethinking feminist interventions into the urban” Peake, L., Rieker, M. (eds) Rethinking Feminist Interventions into the Urban (London: Routledge), pp.1-22. Peake, L. 2013 “Heteronormativity” in Sharpe, J., Kuus, M., and Dodds, K. (eds) Companion to Critical Geopolitics. (Ashgate Publishing) , pp.

Peake, L. and de Souza, K. (January 2010) “Feminist academic and activist praxis in service of the transnational” in Nagar, R., Swarr, A. (eds) Critical Transnational Feminist Praxis (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press), pp.105-123.

Bouchard, D., Chatterjee, P., Desai, J., de Souza, K., Detournay, D., Nagar, R., Peake, L., Silvey, R., Lock Swarr, S., and Wilcox, N. (January 2010) “Continuing Conversations” in Nagar, R., Swarr, A. (eds) Critical Transnational Feminist Praxis (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press), pp.206- 218

Peake, L. 2009 “Gender, Race and Sexuality” in Smith, S., Pain, R., Marston, S., and Jones III, J. P.(eds) The Handbook of Social Geography (London: Sage) , pp.129-95.

Peake, L. (2009a) “Social and Cultural Geography: Whiteness”. In Kitchin, R., and Thrift, N. (eds) The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (London; Elsevier). pp.247-253.

Peake, L. (2009b) “Urban Geography: Gender in the City”. In Kitchin, R., and Thrift, N. (eds) The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (London; Elsevier), pp.320-327.

Kobayashi, A. Peake, L 2007 "Racism in Place: Another Look at Shock, Horror, and Racialization" in Moss, P. and Falconer – Al-Hindi, K. (eds) (2007) Feminisms in geography: space, place, and environment, (Rowman & Littlefield), pp. 171-178.

McKittrick, K., Peake, L 2005 “The difference that difference(s) make to Geography” in Castree, N., Rogers, A., and D. Sherman (eds.) Questioning Geography. Essays on a contested discipline.(Oxford: Blackwell), pp.39-54.

Peake, L. and Trotz, A. 2001 "Feminism and Feminist Issues in the South” in Desai, V., Potter, R. (eds.) Companion to Development Studies (London: Arnold), pp.334-337.

Peake, L. 2000 Entries on ‘Urbanisation’ pp. 479-80; and ‘Urban Planning’ p.480 in L. Code (ed.) A Feminist Encyclopaedia (London: Routledge).

Trotz, A. and L. Peake (on behalf of Red Thread) 1999 “‘Givin’ lil bit for lil bit’: Women and Sex Work in Guyana” in Kempadoo, K. (ed.) Sun, Sex and Gold: Tourism and Sex Work in the Caribbean. (Boulder, CO: Rowman and Littlefield) , pp.263-290.

Peake, L. 1999 Entries on ‘Civil Society’ pp.31-32; ‘Discrimination’ p.61; ‘Empowerment’ pp.70-71; ‘Local State’ pp.155-156; ‘Personal is Political’ pp.199-200; ‘Pluralism’ p.203; ‘Political’ pp.203-204; ‘Political Correctness’ p.205; ‘Politics’ p.205; ‘Social Movements’ pp.256-257; ‘State’ pp.263-264; ‘Subjugation’ p.269; and ‘Subordination’ pp. 269-270 in L. McDowell and J. Sharpe (eds.) A Feminist Glossary for Geographers (London: Arnold).

Peake, L. 1998 “Living in Poverty in Linden, Guyana in the 1990s: Bauxite, the ‘Development of Poverty’ and Household Coping Mechanisms” in McGregor, D. (ed.) Resource Sustainability and Caribbean Development (Kingston, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press), pp.171-194.

Peake, L. 1997 “From Co-operative Socialism to a Social Housing Policy? Declines and Revivals in Housing Policy in Guyana” in Potter, R. and D. Conway (eds.) Self-Help Housing, the Poor and the State in the Caribbean (Kingston, Jamaica: University of Tennessee Press/University of West Indies Press), pp. 120-140.

Peake, L. 1996 "From Social Bases to Subjectivities: The Case of Red Thread in Guyana" in Bell, D., Keil, R, and G. Wekerle (Eds) Global Cities - Local Places: Issues in Urban Sustainability, (Toronto: Black Rose Books), pp. 147-154.

Wekerle, G. and Peake, L. 1996 "New Social Movements and Women's Urban Activism" in Caulfield, J. and L. Peake (eds.) City Lives and City Forms: Critical Perspectives on Canadian Urbanism (University of Toronto Press), pp. 263-281.

Moser, C. O. N. with Peake, L. 1996 “Seeing the Invisible: Women, Gender and Urban Development” in Stren, R. (ed.) Urban Research in Developing Countries Volume 4: Thematic Issues (Centre for Urban and Community Studies, University of Toronto), pp. 279-347.

Peake, L. 1994 "Engendering Change: The Place of Women's Work in Urban So¬cial Theory" in Kobayas¬hi, A. (ed.) Women, Work and Place (Montre¬al: McGill Press), pp. 3-26.

Kobayashi, A., Peake, L., Benenson, H., and K. Pickles 1994 "Placing Women and Work" in Kobayashi, A. (ed.) Women, Work and Place (Montreal: McGill Press), pp. xi-xlv (35pp).

Peake, L. 1993 "The Development and Role of Women's Political Organisations in Guyana" in Momsen, J. (ed.) Women and Change in the Caribbean (London: Macmillan), pp. 109-131.
Reprinted in Shepherd, V. (ed) (2009) Engendering Caribbean history: cross-cultural perspectives (A Reader) (Jamaica: Ian Randle Publishers)

Bondi, L. and Peake, L. 1988 "Gender and the City: Urban Politics Revisited" in Little, J. et al (eds.) Woman in Cities: Gender and the Urban Environment (London: Macmillan), pp. 21-40.

Little, J., Peake, L. and P. Richardson 1988 "Preface" AND "Introduction: Gender and the Urban Environment" in Little, J., et al (eds.) Women in Cities: Gender and the Urban Environment (London: Macmillan), pp. vi-x and 1-20.

Peake, L. 1987 "The Impact of Government Housing Policy on Women in Guyana" in Moser, C. O. N. and L. Peake (eds.) Women, Human Settlements and Housing (London: Tavistock), pp. 113-138.

Moser, C. O. N. and L. Peake 1987 "Postscript: What Hope for the Future?" in Moser, C. O. N. and L. Peake (eds.) Women, Human Settlements and Housing (London: Tavistock), pp. 195-201.

Peake, L. 1986 "A Conceptual Inquiry into Urban Politics and Gender" in Hoggart, K. and E. Kofman (eds.) Politics, Geography and Social Stratification (London: Croom Helm), pp. 62-85.

Journal Articles

Co-editor with Prof. Beverley Mullings and Prof. Kate Parizeau of a theme issue of The Canadian Geographer, 60 (2) on “Cultivating an Ethic of Wellness in Geography”.

Parizeau, K., Shillington, L., Hawkins, R., Sultana, F., Mountz, A., Mullings, B., and Peake, L. “Breaking the silence: A feminist geography call to action,” The Canadian Geographer 60 (2): 192-204. DOI: 10.1111/cag.12265

“Review of, ‘Mapping Desire’ by David Bell and Gill Valentine, Classic in human geography,” Progress in Human Geography 40 (4): 574-578. DOI:10.1177/0309132515585060

Bunnell, T., Yeah, S., Peake, L., Skelton, T., Smith, M. 2012 “Geographies of friendship” Progress in Human Geography 36 (4): 490 – 507.

Peake, L.(2011) “In, out and unspeakably about; taking social geography beyond an Anglo-American positionality” Social and Cultural Geography 12 (7): 757-773.

Peake, L. 2010 “J.K. Gibson-Graham and GPC” Gender, Place and Culture 17 (3)

Peake, L. ( 2010) “Feminist and quantitative? Measuring the extent of domestic violence in Georgetown, Guyana.” Treballs de la Societat Catalana de Geografia. 66, pp. 133-148.

Mullings, B., Warner, M., Peake, L. (2010) “Fear and Loathing in Haiti: Race and the Politics of Humanitarian Dispossession.” ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies

Peake, L. 2008 “Editorial:moving on up” Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography 15 (1): 1-5.

Drummond, L., Peake, L. 2005 “Introduction to Being Political: Genealogies of Citizenship” Political Geography, 24 (3): 341-343.

Co-editor with Prof. Lisa Drummond of a theme issue of Political Geography, 24 (3) on reports of a book by Prof. Engin Isin (Being Political).

Peake, L. and Valentine, G. 2003 “Editorial” Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography 10 (2): 105-107

*Peake, L. and Kobayashi, A. 2002 “Anti-Racist Policies and Practices for Geography at the Millennium”. The Professional Geographer, 54 (1): 50-61.

*Trotz, A. and Peake, L. 2001 “Work, Family and Organising: An Overview of the Contemporary Economic, Social and Political Roles of Women in Guyana” (Caribbean Journal of) Social and Economic Studies, 50 (2): 67-102.

* Peake, L. and Ray, B. 2001 "Racialising the Canadian Landscape: Whiteness, Uneven Geographies, and Social Justice" The Canadian Geographer 45 (1): 180-186.

Gleeson, B., Katz, C., Johnson, N., Kitchin, R., Peake,L., Sibley, D. and Valentine, G. 2000 “Editorial” Social and Cultural Geography 1 (1): 5-7

*Trotz, A. and Peake, L. 2000 “Work, Family and Organising: An Overview of the Emergence of the Economic, Social and Political Roles of Women in British Guiana” (Caribbean Journal of) Social and Economic Studies, 49 (4): 189 -222.

Peake, L., Schein, R. 2000 "Racing Geography into the New Millennium. Studies of 'Race' and North American Geographies". Journal of Social and Cultural Geography 1 (2): 1-15.

*Kobayashi, A. and Peake, L. 2000 "Racism out of Place: Thoughts on Whiteness and an Antiracist Geography in the New Millennium", Annals of the Association of American Geographers 90: 392-403.
Reprinted in Moss, P. and Falconer – Al-Hindi, K. (eds) (2007) Feminisms in geography: space, place, and environment, (Rowman & Littlefield).

*Peake, L. 1997 “Toward a Social Geography of the City: Race and Dimensions of Urban Poverty in Women’s Lives”, The Journal of Urban Affairs 19 (3): 335-361.

*Peake, L. 1995 "Toward an Understanding of the Interconnectedness of Women's Lives: the 'Racial' Reproduction of Labor in Low-Income Areas" Urban Geography, 16 (5): 414-439.

*Kobayashi, A. and L. Peake 1994 "Unnatural Discourse: 'Race' and Gender in Geography" Gender, Place and Culture, 1(2): 225-243.
Reprinted in Barnes, T. and D. Gregory (eds.) Reading Human Geography. The Poetics and Politics of Inquiry (London: Arnold), pp. 445-460.
Reprinted in Borghi, R and Rondinonede, A. (eds) (2009) A Reader in Gender and Geography (in Italian)
This was to be reprinted in Bauder, H. and Engel-Di Mauro, S. (eds.) (2008) Reader in Critical Geographies, Praxis(e)Press but copyright issues prevented it

*Peake, L. 1994 “‘Proper Words in Proper Places...’ or of Young Turks and Old Turkeys” The Canadian Geographer, 38 (3): 204-206.
Reprinted (partially) in Women and Geography Study Group (1997) Feminist Geographies: Feminist Explorations in Difference and Diversity (Essex: Longman), pp. 47-48.

*Peake, L. 1993 "Race and Sexuality: challenging the patriarchal structuring of urban social space" Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 11 (6): 415-432.
Reprinted in Harloe, M. (ed.) (1996) The Sociology of Urban Communities (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar).
Reprinted in Hamnett, C. (ed.) (1996) Social Geography. A Reader (London: Arnold).

Peake, L. 1990 "Women's Work: Incorporating Gender into Theories of Urban Social Change" Women and Environments, Fall 1989/Winter 1990, 18-20.

*McDowell, L. and L. Peake 1990 "Women in British Geography Revisited: or the same old story" Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 14 (1): 19-30.

*Kofman, E. and L. Peake 1990 "Editorial Comment on the Special Issue" AND "Introduction: A Gendered Agenda for Political Geography in the 1990s" Political Geography Quarterly, 9 (4): 311-312 and 313-336.
Reprinted in John A. and Mamadouh, V. (eds) (2008) Contemporary Foundations of Space and Place – Politics: Critical Essays in Human Geography (London: Ashgate Publishing), pp. 67-90

Co-editor with Prof. Eleonore Kofman of a special edition of Political Geography Quarterly, entitled "Political Geography and Gender", 9 (4).

*Peake, L. 1989 "An Overview of Feminist Geography in the 1980s" Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 13 (1): 85.

*Bowlby, S. and L. Peake 1989 "The Development of Feminist Geography in Britain" Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 13 (1): 90-92.

*Bondi, L. and L. Peake 1989 "Gender and Urban Politics" Contemporary Issues in Geography and Education, 3 (1): 35-43.

Editor of a special edition of Arena, in Journal of Geography in Higher Education entitled "The Challenge of Feminist Geography", 13, (1): 85-121.

*Bondi, L. and L. Peake 1988 "Fending for Ourselves: Women as Teachers of Geography in Higher Education" Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 12 (2): 216-218.

*Peake, L. and P. Jackson 1988 "The Restless Analyst: An Interview with David Harvey" Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 12 (1): 5-20.

*Peake, L. 1987 "Guyana: A Country in Crisis" Geography, 72 (4): 356-360.

*Peake, L. 1985 "Teaching Feminist Geography, Another Perspective" Journal of Geography in Higher Education 9 (2): 186-190.

*Peake, L. 1984 "Why Särlvik and Crewe fail to explain the 1979 General Election and Electoral Trends in the 1970s" Political Geography Quarterly, 3 (2): 161-168.

Hyman, H., Mortimer, J. and L. Peake 1979 "SSRC Research Training Course: The View of Three Research Students" Area, 11 (3): 262-263.

Bunnell, T., Yeah, S., Peake, L., Skelton, T., Smith, M. 2012 “Geographies of friendship” Progress in Human Geography 36 (4): 490 – 507.

Conference Papers

September 2012, Workshop on Decentring Knowledge: geographical perspectives A two day workshop organised by the Geography departments of Sheffield University and the National University of Singapore. The workshop aims to make a critical interrogation of, and sustained attempt to work beyond, the latent EuroAmericanism and geographical situatedness of academic knowledge production, particularly within contemporary Human Geography. I was invited as the keynote. Keynote speaker: Encountering less familiar terrain March 2010, Contextualizing geographical approaches to studying gender in Asia. Organised by the Department of Geography, University of Delhi and the College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University with support from the International Geographical Union (IGU). Invited plenary: Interrogating Anglo-American hegemony in feminist geography.

March 2010, Contextualizing geographical approaches to studying gender in Asia. Organised by the Department of Geography, University of Delhi and the College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University with support from the International Geographical Union (IGU). Invited plenary: Interrogating Anglo-American hegemony in feminist geography.

December 2009 Norma Wilkinson Lecture, Reading University, UK. The Norma Wilkinson lecture series was conceived as an opportunity for the Department of Geography to bring leading authorities from around the world to lecture to the university to promote the latest research ideas and to inspire staff and students of the University. The lecture series is funded from the proceeds of a bequest by Norma Wilkinson, a University of Reading alumna. “The lost Amerindian girls, the tooth fairy and the Whore of Babylon”

December 2009, Feminist Geographies Seminar, Geography Department, Reading University, UK A seminar series given in my honour. Connecting Feminist Geographies: Continuities and Differences across Time and Space. “Feminist and Quantitative? “Measuring the extent of domestic violence amongst Guyanese women in Georgetown, Guyana”. (Other presentations given by Profs. Gill Valentine, Linda McDowell, Sophie Bowlby, Eleonore Kofman, Nina Laurie, Jo Little).

May 2009 Gendering neoliberalism: mobility, desire, labour, American University of Cairo, Egypt. “Neoliberal times? The heterosexing of race and class in the formation of the Guyanese nation”

January 2009 Social and Cultural Geography Research Group of the RGS-IBG, University of Brighton, UK. Reinvigorating Social Geography: the politics and praxis of Social and Cultural Geography in the UK “Gender, race and sexuality: whither social geography?”

November, 2008 Catalan Geographical Society, Barcelona, Spain “Feminist, post-colonial and quantitative? Measuring the extent of domestic violence in Guyana”

April 2008 Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Boston, USA “Transnational anti-racist feminism: collaboration on a study of domestic violence in Guyana”.

November 2007 International Geographical Union, Gender and Geography Study Group. Taiwan “Feminist academic and activist praxis in service of the transnational”

April 2007 Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, San Fransisco, USA “Feminist, post-colonial and quantitative? Measuring the extent of domestic violence in Guyana”

June 2006 “, International Geographical Union, Gender and Geography Study Group. Pre-Congress Symposium, Waikato, New Zealand. Conference theme: Shifting Boundaries: Gender, Bodies and Spaces. “Labour markets versus trafficking? Understanding women’s employment in Guyana”.

September 15th and 16th, 2006 "Towards a Transnational Feminist Praxis." Paper presentation “Red Thread: a case study in transnational feminist praxis.” (with Karen de Souza). University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

January, 2005 International Conference of Critical Geographers, Mexico City, Mexico “Developing a geographic agenda for studies of violence against women.”

May 2005, Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Conference, Western University, London, Ontario “Framing feminist geographies of violence against women”.

April 2005, York and Carleton Women’s Studies joint seminar, York University, Feminist responses to labour market restructuring in the Global South. “Impacts upon labour markets for Guyanese women”.

March 2005, Inter-Faculty Working Group on Gender and Violence, Bristol U, UK. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Gendered Violence: National and International Developments in Theory, Research and Practice. Conference theme: Violence against women: coordinating activism, research and service provision

August, 2004, International Geographical Union, Gender and Geography Study Group. Pre-Congress Symposium, Durham, UK. Conference theme: Globalisation and development perspectives: towards a feminist dialogue “Beyond Development and Globalization ? Domestic Violence in Guyana” (with Karen de Souza, Red Thread)

August, 2004 . International Geographical Congress , Glasgow “A woman’s NGO in the context of neo-liberalism: the case of the Red Thread Women’s Development Programme in Guyana” (with Karen de Souza, Red Thread).

July 2004, Women’s Studies Association (UK and Ireland), Dublin, Feminists contesting Globalisation Conference theme: Violence against Women and Children: Global Perspectives “Domestic Violence in Guyana: understanding the work of the Red Thread Women’s Development Programme” (with Karen de Souza, Red Thread).

May 2004 , Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Conference, Moncton, Canada. “Graduate Student Career Planning “

November 2004 Graduate Programme in Women’s Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada. “Getting through the comprehensive stage of the Ph.D”

October 2004. Urban Studies Program, The City Seminar. York University, Toronto, Canada. “An urban question? Conducting feminist research in the urban South”

May 2003. Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Conference. Victoria, Canada. “Making gender, race, ethnicity and sexuality: a case study from Guyana” AND “Publishing Critical Geography: Meet the Editors” Panel Session. I participated as the editor of Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography.

March 2002. Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Los Angeles, USA. “Publishing Critical Geography: Meet the Editors” Panel Session. I participated as the editor of Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography.

June, 2001. Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. "Post Colonial Feminisms and Urban Geography" (given by Ms. Amrita Persaud)

March, 2001. Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, New York, USA. " The Social Construction of Scale: A Transnationalist Case Study"

November 2000. Department of Geography and International Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA. " Sexing Race and Class: The Formation of Identities in Linden, Guyana" AND "Feminist Fieldwork Dilemmas: Researching Domestic Violence with Red Thread in Guyana"

October, 2000. Graduate Programme in Geography, York University, Toronto, Canada. "Urban Geography and Urban Identities: A Review and a Case Study"

April, 2000. 'Women Researching Women: Methodology Report and Research Projects on the Study of Domestic Violence and Women’s Reproductive Health in Guyana'. Inter-American Development Bank. Tower Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana.

June, 1999. Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Conference, Lethbridge, Canada. “Constructing Indo-Guyanese women’s identities: scale, the local and the global”.

April, 1999. Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Hawaii. *“A Politics of the Possible: the Feminism of Red Thread Women’s Development Programme, Guyana” AND Discussant of session, “Unruly Spaces: Emerging Geographies of Difference and Defiance”.

March 1999. Taking Back our Resistances: The Contemporary Cultures, Strategies and Issues of Social Movements and Resistance. Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Canada. “ Red Thread’s Feminism: ‘A Politics of the Possible?’”

October, 1999. ‘Race, Transnationalism and Technology’ Varenius Project and National Science Foundation Workshop, Geography Department, University of Kentucky, USA.

July, 1998. The Working Sex: The Sex Trade, Tourism and Development Strategies in the Caribbean, Kingston, Jamaica. *“ ‘Givin’ lil bit fuh lil bit’: An analysis of the Nature and Extent of Sex Work in Guyana” (with Dr. A. Trotz, Queen’s University, on behalf of Red Thread).

July, 1998. The Third Royal Geographical Society /Institute of British Geographers British-Caribbean Seminar on Resource Sustainability and Caribbean Development, University of the West Indies, Jamaica. *“The Local/Global Construction of Indo-Guyanese Identities in Meten Meer Zorg, Guyana”. I also organised the two conferences sessions on “Gendered Identities in the Caribbean”.

October, 1998. ‘Race and Geography’ National Science Foundation Workshop, Geography Department, University of Kentucky, USA. *“Position Paper on Race and Geography” (with Dr. A. Kobayashi, Queen’s University).

August, 1997. Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Conference. “Becoming Canadian: Immigration and the Changing Geography of Canadian Cities” (given by Dr. A. Kobayashi, Queen’s University).

April 1997. Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada “The Racial Reproduction of Labour in a Low-Income Urban Area in the United States” AND Introduction of Guest Speaker, Dr. Richard Stren.

February, 1997. Graduate Programme in Women’s Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada. “Professional Development: Ethical Issues in the Research Process”.

October, 1996. Canadian Association of Latin Americanists and Caribbeanists Annual Conference, York University, Toronto. “The Social Construction of Place and Identities: The Case of Meten Meer Zorg East, Guyana”.

August, 1995. The Second Royal Geographical Society /Institute of British Geographers British-Caribbean Seminar on Resource Sustainability and Caribbean Development, Royal Holloway, University of London, England. *“Living in Poverty in Linden, Guyana in the 1990s: Bauxite, the ‘Development of Poverty’ and Household Coping Mechanisms”.

January, 1995. Institute of British Geographers, (IBG) Annual Conference, England. "The Production of Marginal Subjectivities: The Work of Red Thread in Guyana".

October, 1995. Graduate Programme in Geography, York University, Toronto, Canada. “Structural Adjustment and the Bauxite Industry in Guyana”.

April, 1994. AAG Annual Conference, USA. "'Race' and Gender: The Politics of their Practice".

February, 1994. Graduate Programme in Women's Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada. "Working with Red Thread, a Guyanese Women's Development Project".

June, 1993. ERASMUS Feminist Geography Conference. Department of Geography, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. *"Structural Adjustment and Low Income Women in Guyana".

July, 1993. Society for Caribbean Studies (SCS), Annual Conference, Oxford, England. "Stories of and about Guyanese Women".

June, 1993. CAG Annual Conference, Canada. "Structural Adjustment and the Daily Lives of Low Income Women in Urban Areas in Guyana". AND * "Unnatural Discourse: 'Race' and Gender in Geography" (with Dr. A. Kobayashi, Queen’s University).

June, 1993. CAG Annual Conference, Canada. "Structural Adjustment and the Daily Lives of Low Income Women in Urban Areas in Guyana". AND * "Unnatural Discourse: 'Race' and Gender in Geography" (with Dr. A. Kobayashi, Queen’s University).

January, 1993. IBG Annual Conference, England. "‘These are Very Guyanese Stories’: the Emancipatory Work of Red Thread in Guyana".

November, 1993. Seminar Series on Sustainable Cities. Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada. "From Social Bases to Subjectivities: The Case of Red Thread Women’s Development Programme".

August, 1992. International Geographical Union, Gender and Geography Study Group. Pre-Congress Symposium on Women's Paid and Unpaid Work in a Changing Global Economy, Rutgers University. *"Low-Income Household Coping Strategies; Gender and the Transformation of the Urban Environment".

August, 1992. International Geographical Congress, XXVII, Washington D.C. *"An investigation into the Coping Strategies of Low-Income Households in Guyana".

May, 1992. CAG Annual Conference, Canada. "From Benevolence to Taking Control; From Taking Control to Sharing the Power; The Development and Role of Women's Political Organizations in Guyana".

April, 1992. AAG Annual Conference, USA. "Urban Household Survival Strategies in Guyana and the Quest for Participation".

March, 1992. Women and Cities in Developing Countries Villes et Dévelopment Groupe Interuniversitaire de Montréal, Montréal, Canada. *"Some Conceptual Notes on Gender Planning".

February, 1992. Geography Department, Syracuse University, USA. "Challenging the Patriarchal Structure of Urban-Social Space: Gender, `Race' and Sexuality."

June, 1991. CAG Annual Conference, Canada. "Affirmative Action in a Canadian Geography Department".

May, 1990. AAG Annual Conference, USA. "Race, Gender and Household Survival Strategies: The Reproduction of Social Inequality". AND "Feminism as Method".

April, 1990. Geography Graduate Programme, York University, Toronto, Canada. Geography Department, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. School of Urban Planning and Architecture, Cornell University, USA. "Race, Gender and Household Survival Strategies: The Spatial Reproduction of Social Inequality".

March, 1989. AAG Annual Conference, USA. *"Integrating Race and Ethnicity into Geographic Gender Studies: A Case Study from Guyana". AND "An International Overview of Feminist Geography in the 1980s".

June, 1989. Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. "Low-Skilled Work; High-Skilled Women: Employment in Data Entry Firms in Jamaica", (with Dr. R. Pearson, University of East Anglia).

April, 1989. Women and Community Structure Workshop Series. Centre for Urban and Community Studies, University of Toronto, Canada. "Why Women Matter: Feminist Research on Cities", (with Dr. L. Bondi, Edinburgh University).

February, 1989. Geography Department, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. "Evaluating the Impact of Castells' Theory on Current Directions in Urban Social Theory".

February, 1988. Women, Work and Place. Geography Department, McGill University, Montreal. *"City and Society: The Place of Women's Work".

November, 1988. Social Science Faculty, Grand Valley State University, Michigan, USA. "Theories of Urban Social Change in the 1980s".

November, 1987. Geographical Society Association, Kingston upon Thames (UK) Branch. "The Role of Women in Third World Development".

May, 1986, 1987, 1988. Short Course on Planning with Women for Urban Development. Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College, London, UK. "Planning with Women in Cuba and Guyana". AND "The Domestic Labour Debate and its Implication for Development Strategies".

September, 1986. Geography and Urban Planning: Women and the Man Made Environment. Women and Planning Group, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam. *"Feminist Geography: Women, Politics and the Feminist Community".

January, 1985. IBG Annual Conference, England. "Labour Market Segmentation and Women's Service Sector Employment in the Reading Area”.

June, 1985. Short Course on Planning with Women for Urban Development. DPU, University College London, England. "The Contribution of Women's Organisations in Cuba and Guyana to Gender-Aware Urban Planning". AND "Urban Politics in Britain: Conceptual Issues and Concrete Results".

September, 1984. Regional Science Association Annual Conference, England. "Labour Market Segmentation by Gender. A Case Study in the Thames Valley", (with Dr. S. Bowlby, Reading University and Mrs. P. Wilkins).

May - July, 1984. Short Course on Planning with Women for Urban Development. DPU, UCL, England. "The Experience of Women's Participation in Cuban Planning: Integration or Autonomy?". AND "Conceptual Issues and Debates Concerning Gender, Urban Politics and Development".

February, 1984. School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, England. "Issues of Gender and Development" (with Dr. R. Feldman, Dr. R. Pearson and Ms. L. Vincent).

September, 1984 Geographical Aspects of Social Stratification. Two day conference. Social Geography Study Group. *"A Conceptual Inquiry into Urban Politics and Gender: Formal and Informal Modes of Participation".

March, 1984. Gender and the Built Environment. Two day conference. Women and Geography Study Group. *"Gender and Urban Politics: An Appraisal", (with Dr. L. Bondi, Edinburgh University).

May, 1983. Meeting of Minds? Feminism and Modes of Geographic Thought. Day Conference. Women and Geography Study Group. Joint Conference Organiser "The Impact of Feminism on Geographer's Theory and Practice" AND "Micro-Electronic Technology and Labour Market Segmentation in a Local Labour Market".

January, 1982. Postgraduate Forum, IBG Annual Conference, England.. "Urban Social Movements and Protest Potential".

Book Reviews

A Companion to Feminist Geography by Lise Nelson and Joni Seager (eds.) (2005, Blackwell: Oxford) In The Canadian Geographer (2005), 49 (4): 416-418.

Caribbean Women at the Crossroads: The Paradox of Motherhood among Women of Barbados, St. Lucia and Dominica by Patricia Mohammed and Althea Perkins (1999, University of the West Indies: Canoe Press) in Third World Planning Review (2001), 22 (1): 107-109.

Guyana: Microcosm of Sustainable Development Challenges by Barry Munslow (1998, Aldershot, Eng., & Brookfield, VT: Ashgate) in New West Indian Guide (2001), 75 (3 and 4): 327-329.

Gender, Human Rights and Planning by Tovi Fenster (ed.) (1999, London: Routledge) in The Canadian Geographer (2000), 44, (1): 93-95.

Development Arrested. Race, Power and the Blues in the Mississippi Delta by Clyde Woods (1998, London and New York: Verso) in Political Geography (2000), 19 (8): 1037-1040.

Gender, Foreign Exchange and Development in the Philippines by Sylvia Chant and Cathy MacIlwaine (1995, London: Pluto Press) in Progress in Human Geography (1997), 21, (1):120-122.

The Myth of the Male Breadwinner: Women and Industrialisation in the Caribbean by Helen Safa (1995, Boulder, CO.: Westview Press) in Third World Planning Review (1996), 18, (2): 258-259.

Women and Development in the Third World by Janet Henshall-Momsen (1991, London: Routledge) in Progress in Human Geography (1993), 17, (1): 149-150.

Changing Perceptions, Writings on Gender and Development by Tina Wallace with Candida March (eds.) (1991, London: Oxfam) in Third World Planning Review (1992), 14, (2): 216-217.

Life Spaces: Gender, Household, Employment by Caroline Andrew and Beth Moore Milroy (eds.) (1988, Vancouver: UBC Press) in The Canadian Geographer (1991), 35, (3): 319.

Women and Politics: An International Perspective by Vicki Randall (1987, London: Macmillan) in Political Geography Quarterly (1989), 8, (3): 305-306.

The West Indies: Patterns of Development, Culture and Environmental Change Since 1492 by David Watts (1987, Cambridge Series in Historical Geography No. 8: Cambridge University Press) in The Geographical Journal (1989), 155, (2): 260-261.

Geography and Gender. An Introduction to Feminist Geography by Women and Geography Study Group of the Institute of British Geographers (1984, London: Hutchinson) in Contemporary Issues in Geographical Education (1989), 3, (1): 87-90.

Women and Environment in the Third World. Alliance for the Future by Irene Dankelman and Joan Davidson (1988, International Union for Conservation of Native and Natural Resources: Earthscan Publications Ltd.) in Town and Country Planning, (1988), 57, (11): 318.

Two Track Training: Sex Inequalities and the YTS by Cynthia Cockburn (1987, London: Macmillan) in Environment and Planning A (1988), 20, (7): 987-988.

Geography and Gender in the Third World by Janet Momsen and Janet Townsend (eds.) (1987, London: Hutchinson) in Town and Country Planning (1987) 56, (10): 275-276.

A Short History of the Guyanese People by Vincent Daly (1985, London: Macmillan) in Developing Areas Study Group Newsletter, Institute of British Geographers, Spring 1986.

Gender Roles in Development Projects by Catherine Overholt, Mary Anderson, Kathleen Cloud and James Austin (1985, Connecticut: Kumarian Press) in Public Administration and Development (1986), 6, (1): 107-108.

Racial Exclusionism and the City: the Urban Support of the National Front by Christopher Husbands, (1984, London: Allen and Unwin) in Political Geography Quarterly (1985), 4, (3): 258.

Her Space, Her Place: A Geography of Women by Ellen Mazey and David Lee (1983, Washington Association of American Geographers, Resource Publications in Geography) in Women and Geography Study Group Newsletter, Institute of British Geographers, Spring 1984.

Society and Nature: Socialist Perspectives on the Relationship between Human and Physical Geography by The London Group of the Union of Socialist Geographers (1983, London: Union of Socialist Geographers, Institute of British Geographers) in Contemporary Issues in Geographical Education, 1984, (1): 2.

Research Reports

Ley, D., Braun, B., Domosh, M., LeHeron, R., Peake, L., Willekins, F., Yeoh, B. 2012. International Benchmarking Review for United Kingdom Human Geography (London: ESRC), pp. 56. http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/tools-and-resources/impact-evaluation/UK-human-geography.aspx

Peake, L. (on behalf of Red Thread Women’s Development Programme) 2004 “You talking ‘bout everyday story”: An exploratory study on trafficking in persons in Guyana (Georgetown, Guyana: International Office on Migration) 80pp.

Peake, L. (on behalf of Red Thread Women’s Development Programme) 2000 Women Researching Women: Methodology Report and Research Projects on the Study of Domestic Violence and Women’s Reproductive Health in Guyana (Georgetown, Guyana: Inter-American Development Bank) 300pp. Project TC-97-07-40-9-GY.

Kobayashi, A. and L. Peake 1996a The Metropolis Project: Urban Studies Research on Immigrants and Immigration in Canadian Cities (Ottawa: Canada Immigration and Citizenship) 50pp.

Kobayashi, A. and L. Peake 1996b Annotated Bibliography on Urban Studies Literature on Immigrants and Canadian Cities (Ottawa: Canada Immigration and Citizenship) 210pp.

Andrews, C., Gurstein, P., Klodawsky, F., Moore Milroy B., Peake, L., Rose, D. and G. Wekerle 1994 Canadian Women in Cities (Ottawa: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Position Paper for OECD Conference) 46pp.
Also published as "Canadian Women in Cities" Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation Discussion Paper 28pp.

Moser, C. O. N. and L. Peake 1994 "Seeing the Invisible: Women, Gender and Urban Development", Centre for Urban and Community Studies, University of Toronto, Major Report 50 pp.

Peake, L. and J. Munuve 1986 Evaluation of CIIR's Volunteer Programme in Zimbabwe (London: Catholic Institute for International Relations) 100 pp.

Forthcoming

Peake, L. and Rieker, M. (eds.) Handbook on Gender and Cities. Edward Elgar International Handbooks on Gender Series. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. Contract signed.

Kobayashi, A., Peake, L. “Intersectionality”. Datta, A., Hopkins, P., Johnston, L., Olson, E.,and Maria Silva, J. The Routledge International handbook of Gender and Feminist Geographies (London: Routledge)

Peake, L., Sheppard, E. “USA and Anglo-Canada”. Berg, L., Best, U. (eds.) Placing Critical Geography: International Histories of Critical Geographies (London: Routledge), 24pp.

Peake, L. 2010 “Feminist and quantitative? Measuring the extent of domestic violence in Georgetown, Guyana.” Treballs de la Societat Catalana de Geografia 66, pp. 133-148. To be reprinted in DeShong, H. and K. Kempadoo (eds.) Critical Methodologies in Caribbean Research on Gender, Sexuality and Culture (New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press)

Peake,L. and Sheppard, E. (forthcoming) “USA and Anglo-Canada” Lawrence Berg and Ulrich Best (eds) Placing Critical Geography: International Histories of Critical Geographies (Ashgate Publishing)

Other

Encyclopaedias Edited: Section editor of over 40 entries on “Social Geography” in The AAG Encyclopaedia of Geography, edited by Richardson, D. Castree, N., Goodchild, M., Kobayashi, A., Liu, W., and R. Marston. Malden, Oxford: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.

Submitted: Peake, L. “The Life and Times of the Union of Socialist Geographers” in Barnes, T., Sheppard, E. (eds.) Historical Geographies of Radical Geography (Antipode Book Series) Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 20pp. For Antipode’s 50th anniversary.

Submitted: Peake, L., Buckley, M., Patrick, M., Reddy, R., Ruddick, S., Tanyildiz, G., and Tchoukaleyska, R. Theorizing Planetary Urbanization from the Constitutive Outside. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

Submitted: Ruddick, S., Peake, L., Patrick, D., and G. Tanyildiz. An Other Urban is Possible: A Symptomatic Reading of Planetary Urbanization. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

Podcasts: Feminists on the Frontlines. Gender, Place and Culture. http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/pgas/cgpc-feminists-audio


Teaching:

Approach To Teaching
My aim in teaching is to ensure that students have learned both content and critical thinking skills in ways that are engaging and enjoyable. I do this in three ways: introducing students to existing academic knowledge through lectures and seminars; developing critical thinking skills through open discussion; and taking an interest in each student and their academic interests.