Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Roza Tchoukaleyska, Hon. B.A. (Toronto), M.A. (University of British Columbia), PhD (University of Sheffield, UK)

Assistant Professor, Environment and Sustainability, School of Science and the Environment

Office: AS 393


Phone:  (709) 637-6214


  • Ph.D. Geography, University of Sheffield, UK
  • M.A. Geography, University of British Columbia
  • Hon.B.A. Cultural and Historical Geography, University of Toronto

Teaching interests:

  • Cultural geography
  • Urban planning
  • Experiential learning
  • Community engaged teaching

Research interests:

My research examines the politicized rhetoric surrounding public space redevelopment, and the form and function of public spaces in cities in France and Canada. I frequently draw on ethnographic and sensory research methods to consider how cultural identities are imprinted on urban landscapes, and examine the material implications of urban planning and heritage protection policies.


  • Tchoukaleyska, R., Richards, G., Vasseur, L., Manuel, P., Breen, S.-P., Olson, K., Curtis, J.C., & Vodden, K. (2021) ‘Special issue introduction: Climate change knowledge trnaslation’. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 13(3).
  • Abdulai, A.-R., Chireh, V.K., & Tchoukaleyska, R. (2021) ‘Engaging diverse audiences: The role of community radio in rural climate change knowledge translation’. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 13(3).
  • Allyn, K., & Tchoukaleyska, R. (2020) ‘Soundscaping the archives: Disrupting boundaries through sensory research’. GeoHumanities, 6(2), 469-475.
  • Tchoukaleyska, R., Enright, T. & Lehrer, U. (2019) ‘Editor’s introduction: Public space beyond the city centre: Suburban and periurban dynamics’. Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 28(1), i-iv.
  • Tchoukaleyska, R. (2019) ‘Redeveloping Montpellier’s suburban high-rises: National policy meets local activism in the debate over public space’. In: R. Keil, M. Ucuglu, M. Guney (Eds.), Massive suburbanization: (Re)building the global periphery one large-scale housing project at a time (pp. 126-141). Toronto: University of Toronto Press
  • Tchoukaleyska, R. (2018) ‘Public places and empty spaces: dislocation, urban renewal and the death of a French plaza’, Urban Geography 29(6): 944-962.
  • Peake, L., Patrick, D., Reddy, R.N., Tanyildiz, G.S., Ruddick, S. and Tchoukaleyska, R. (2018) ‘Placing planetary urbanization in other fields of vision’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 36(3): 374-386.
  • Tchoukaleyska, R. (2017) ‘Geographies of exclusion’. In: D. Richardson, ed.-in-chief. The Association of American Geographers International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. Maldon, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Lehrer, U. and Tchoukaleyska, R. (2017) ‘Old wine in new bottles: land, population growth, and Montpellier’s suburban face off’, In: N. Phelps, ed. Old Europe, New Suburbanization? Governance, Land and Infrastructure in European Suburbanization, University of Toronto Press, pp 133-157.
  • Tchoukaleyska, R. (2016) ‘Public space and memories of migration: erasing diversity through urban redevelopment in France’, Social & Cultural Geography 17(8): 1101-1119.
  • Tchoukaleyska, R. (2015) ‘Illicit mint and unregulated vendors: constructing illegality in French public spaces’, Area 47(1):81-87.
  • Tchoukaleyska, R. (2014) ‘Outdoor food markets as community spaces in France’. Geography 99(2):99-103.
  • Tchoukaleyska, R. (2013) ‘Regulating the farmers’ market: paysan expertise, quality production and local food’. Geoforum, 45:211-218.
  • Tchoukaleyska, R. (2011) ‘Co-housing childhoods: parents’ mediation of urban risk through participation in intentional communities’.
  • The Journal of Children’s Geographies, 9(2): 235-246.
  • Tchoukaleyska, R. (2010) ‘Gecontesteerde etnishce markten in Montpellier (contested ethnic markets in Montpellier)’. AGORA: Magazine Voor Sociaalruimtelijke Vraagstukken, 26(2): 233-36.


  • 2019-2024 (Principal Investigator) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant: ‘Reshaping the city through agrarian protest: public space, rural actors, and the cultural implications of international  trade agreements.’
  • 2018-2024 (Co-applicant) Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Grant: ‘Évaluation d’impact des actions réalisées par des fondations subventionnaires canadiennes en réponse aux inégalités sociales et à la question environnementale’. Principal-Investigator: Jean-Marc Fontan, Université de Québec à Montréal.
  • 2018-2019 (Principal Investigator) Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connections Grant: ‘Coastal communities in a changing climate: Impacts, challenges, and solutions for Gros Morne’.
  • 2015-2018 (Principal Investigator) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant: ‘The impact of high-rise revitalization on suburban public spaces in Canada and France’.
  • 2015-2016 (Co-applicant) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connections Grant, ‘Rethinking urban theory through the analytical lens of planetary urbanization’. Principal Applicant: Linda Peake, York University.