Department of Geography
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
Office: SN 2022
Tel: (709) 864-8413
Fax: (709) 864-3119
Sustainable Communities & Regions
Society, Knowledge & Values
Research webpage link: www.munacespace.com
I am an urban cultural geographer broadly interested in the politics of consumption and cultural change in the city. Some of my current research explores the practices and processes of adaptive reuse and housing sustainability in both Canada and the United Kingdom. With a focus on the re-development of redundant institutional properties (i.e. former spaces of worship), I investigate issues of gentrification, reuse and religious change in the context of the post-secular and post-industrial city. In other research I explore the social and cultural aspects of the emerging Circular Economy — a form of sustainability policy that is gaining popularity throughout Europe and North America. This research investigates how paradigm shifts in environmental and waste practices are transforming and renegotiating cultures of consumption in contemporary cities like Amsterdam and London.
• BA (Queen’s University 2004) in Environmental Studies and Geography
• MA (University of Toronto 2005) in Geography
• PhD (University of British Columbia 2013) in Geography
• Post-Doctoral Research Associate (University of Oxford 2016)
Hobson, K. and Lynch, N. (2016) Diversifying and de-growing the Circular
Economy: Radical social transformation in a resource-scarce world.
Futures, 82, pp. 15-25.
Lynch, N. (2016) Domesticating the church: the reuse of urban churches as loft living in the post-secular city. Social & Cultural Geography: 1-22.
Hobson, K. and Lynch, N. (2015) Ecological modernization, techno-politics and social life cycle assessment: a view from human geography. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment: 1-8.
Lynch, N. (2014) Divine Living: branding and selling redundant churches in Toronto, Canada. Housing, Theory and Society, 31(2): 192-212.
Quastel, N., Moos, M. and Lynch, N. (2012) Sustainability as density and the return of the social: the case of Vancouver, British Columbia. Urban Geography, 33(7): 1055-1084.
Lynch, N. (2011) "Converting" Space in Toronto: The Adaptive Reuse of the Former Centennial Japanese United Church to the "Church Lofts". Journal of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, 36(1): 65-76.
Lynch, N. and Pottie-Sherman, Y. (forthcoming) Gentrification, gated communities and beyond. In, Bain, A. and Peake, L. (eds.) Globalization in an Urban Context. Oxford University Press: Toronto.
Lynch, N. and Ley, D. (2010) The changing meanings of urban places. In, Bunting, T., Filion, P. and Walker, S. (eds.) Canadian Cities in Transition: New Directions in the Twenty-First Century City, Fourth Edition. Oxford University Press: Toronto, pp. 325-341.
Ley, D. and Lynch, N. (2012) Divisions and disparities in Lotus Land: socio-spatial polarisation in Greater Vancouver, 1970-2005. Research Paper 223: Cities Centre University of Toronto.