Achieving Climate ‘Justice:’ Indian climate justice narratives, and who’s being ‘left out in the cold’

My collaborative research project with Tyrone Hall will examine the concept of "justice" in India’s climate change policy, discourse and action. Embedding the notion of “climate justice” at the core of climate change discourse results in a political frame around risk (Indian) and responsibility (Global North’s). The study examines how the needs and risks of marginalized and vulnerable communities (women, farmers, rural and coastal areas) are accounted for in the climate discourse (policy, media, and activism).

Youth Bullying and Cyberbullying in a Canadian and Indian context

This comparative research explores the subject of bullying among youths in two major cities of New Delhi, India and Toronto, Canada. This research aims to compare the resources available to youths in India and Canada in regard to bullying awareness, cyberbullying, and its prevention methods. This research will compare the experiences of two socially and culturally distinct populations with the issue of bullying among high school youths.

Mathematical Modeling of Fetal Cardiovascular, Neurovascular, and Metabolic Response to Umbilical Cord Occlusions

Acidification of fetal blood presents one of the greatest risks to the fetus during childbirth. Current monitoring technologies focusing on recording fetal heart rate are poor indicators of fetal stress levels, and provide minimal assistance in clinical decision-making. This is due to a lack of understanding about which features of fetal heart rate best represent blood acid levels.

Between free market and national regulation: Chinese telecommunications and Internet policy in post-WTO era

My research project examines the regulation of China’s Internet telecommunication sectors in the post-WTO era. It situates the current state of regulation (media ownership, competition,foreign-direct-investment, and content controls) against the historical development of Chinese telecommunication and internet industries.

Accumulation by Dispossession or Dispossessing Strategies of Accumulation in the Indian Periphery?

The proposed project will investigate the rise of grassroots resistance to industrial development in rural India. Research centres around a memorandum of understanding (MOU) negotiated in 2005 between the Government of Odisha (a coastal state in north-east India) and Pohang Steel Company of South Korea (POSCO) to construct the largest integrated steel plant in South Asia. Valued at $US 12 billion, it remains the largest single foreign direct investment (FDI) contract in India's history. Despite the promise of growth and development for one of India's most

University International Collaborations as a Vehicle for Social Change and Public Diplomacy

This project aims to address two emerging challenges or opportunities facing universities in the new context of global geo-politics. First, universities have often been regarded as key agents in processes of social change and development. The explicit role they have been allocated is the production of human capital and knowledge output to meet perceived social and economic needs.

Field Robotics

The work here will investigate the use of quad rotors for pipeline inspection. Using simple quad rotors, the students will build software to have robots fly along pipeline infrastructure to build a visual model of the pipeline. The work will involve writing software (using ROS - Robot Operating System and Python).

Data Analytics and Visualization for Social Media

The exponential increase in social media textual data creates enormous challenges to read and interpret text.
Twitter has grown from delivering 65 million tweets per day to over 200 million in 1 year. Facebook has 800
million users (each with ~130 friends). Over half the users visit Facebook daily. Of active Internet users, 77%
read blogs. These rapidly growing forms of communication have society struggling to understand and exploit.
Online social media (Twitter, Facebook ...) allow readers to express thought/opinions on content.

Implementing Solar PV Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles

In this project we will monitor the technical performance of a solar photovoltaic (PV) charging station for electric vehicles that is currently under implementation at York University. The goal of the project is to use that performance data to analyze the replication potential of this renewable energy solution in additional locations in Canada and in other countries.

Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership

The project objective is to enhance the economic and social resiliency of cities in Southeast Asia, recognizing the important connections between urbanization, the effects of climate change, public awareness, and societal well-being. The Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership, involving Canadian and Southeast Asia-based researchers, supports dialogue to create greater social justice and enhance opportunities for economic growth in the context of climate uncertainties.