EnviroCon Western Science

Invited Speaker Bios

Dr. Kate Parizeau

Associate Professor, University of Guelph


Dr. Kate Parizeau studies the social context of waste and its management. Having grown up with a landfill in her backyard, Kate believes a society's waste can reveal how various environmental and social concerns are prioritized. Garbage can also provide insight to the politicization and governance of everyday life. Kate is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Guelph, where she teaches courses on social geography, urban issues, and international development.


Research Interests: Waste (food waste, informal recycling, and waste management policy); Urban inequality (poverty, urban governance, environmental justice, urban political ecology, activism); Feminist geographies (gender, dimensions of social difference, ethical scholarship).