New appointments at the Centre for Environment - July 2010

Thursday, July 15, 2010 10:40:16 AM

The Centre for Environment is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Christian Abizaid as Assistant Professor and Dr. Rick DiFrancesco as Graduate Coordinator.

DR. CHRISTAIN ABIZAID, Assistant Professor, Dept of Geography and Centre for Environment:
Dr. Christian Abizaid has joined the Dept of Geography and the Centre for Environment as an Assistant Professor.  He received a Ph.D. in Geography in 2007 from McGill University then was a post-doctoral fellow there until joining us this summer. 
     Dr. Abizaid's research interests include human-environment interactions; environmental conservation and development; cultural and political ecology; peasant livelihoods; environmental change; human responses to natural hazards and vulnerability; human-induced environmental change; land use and land cover change; neotropical rainforests; Latin America; Amazon; Mexico.  
     His post-doc research examined nature and structure of cooperative labour exchanges in agrarian societies and their influence on land inequalities.  His current research projects focus on floodplain dynamics, socioeconomic change, and traditional livelihoods in the Amazonian floodplains.
His contact information is as follows: Department of Geography, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George St., Office: Room 5025B; 416-978-3373;

DR. RICK DIFRANCESCO, Graduate Coordinator, Centre for Environment, 2010-11:
Dr. Richard (Rick) DiFrancesco will serve as our Graduate Coordinator from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011.  Dr. DiFrancesco is Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Geography. 
     His research interests include brownfield redevelopment and urban growth, urban and regional economic analysis, growth management issues in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, socioeconomic development of the Canadian North, socioeconomic implications of geopolitical change in the Canadian North.  For more information, please visit
     He may be reached at  For other graduate-related matters, please contact Pavel Pripa, Graduate Student Advisor at