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Justin Podur at York University

Justin Podur in April 2019

This is the site of Justin Podur, Associate Professor at York University's Faculty of Environmental Studies. I have taken advantage of York and FES's interdisciplinary focus - if you are interested in working with us in any of these areas, get in touch!

Landscape Ecology

My current research is on the ecology of urban wildlife. The big question is, what if we understood the city as an ecosystem? It is, after all, habitat to an extraordinary array of species, many of whom show behaviours in the city that they don't show in other habitats. How can we begin to understand the ecology of the city? What kinds of data can we use?

High Park Burn, April 2012

High Park Burn, April 2012

In the past, I have worked on ecological modeling, specifically of forest fires and climate change.

If you are interested in applying methods of spatial data analysis to problems in conservation or urban wildlife ecology, get in touch!


Some things can best be said in fiction.

A short story Under the Mountain (August 28, 2019, Queen Mob's Teahouse) is about the Indian Occupation of Kashmir.

My thriller novel, Siegebreakers (Roseway 2019), is about a group of heroes breaking the siege on Gaza.

International Politics

My politics research is on international conflicts and social movements. See the Books section for books and book chapters, and the Lecture Series section for some recent lectures. Latest lecture (Oct 2013):

Other popular writing can be found at TeleSUR English, where I have a column in the opinion section.

Contact the Faculty of Environmental Studies