Seraphina Skands

MA Geography, Department of Geography and Planning, Queen’s University

I am a second year MA student in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University under the co-supervision of Dr. Audrey Kobayashi and Dr. Jeff Masuda.

Growing up on the West Coast of Canada, I had the opportunity to live in multiple cities in Metro Vancouver. I did my undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University; graduating with a BA Honours degree in Geography and a certificate in Urban Studies. Throughout my degree, I became increasingly interested in the role heritage preservation plays in cities, which led me to my thesis here at Queen’s.

My thesis project focuses on walking tours taking place in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver. Through my research I will critically engage with narratives that are presented regarding both past and present communities living in the DTES. Further, I will consider the problematic processes of walking and stopping in the neighborhood. While in Vancouver, I have also had the opportunity to volunteer with the DTES SRO Collaborative, which fights for habitable, safe, and secure housing for people living in single-room occupancy hotels in Vancouver.

When I am not in the CEHE lab, you can find me cooking or enjoying the Kingston waterfront with friends.

Contact: 17sss12(at)