Laura Shillington is Assistant Professor in the Department of Environment and Development at the University for Peace (until 31 August 2015). She is also a Research Associate with the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre at Concordia University in Montréal.
Dr. Shillington has a PhD in Geography from York University (Toronto, Canada) and held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Instituto de Geografía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM, Mexico City). Her research programme broadly explores urban social-nature relations. In particular, she is interested in understanding how everyday life in urban areas, especially in mundane spaces such as the home, is embedded within multi-scalar ecological politics – from gendered human-nature relations in the household to uneven urban environmental problems and governance structures. She concentrates in particular on gendered, racialised and generational experiences and knowledges of urban natures.
At present, she has two main research projects: (1) urban political ecologies of nature and children; and (2) gender, safety and urban environmental services. Her research focuses primarily on Managua, Nicaragua. She is on the editorial board of Gender Place and Culture and is Past Chair of the Geographic Perspectives on Women speciality group of the Association on American Geographers (AAG).