Yolande Pottie-Sherman

Department of Geography
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
A1B 3X9

Office: SN2015
Tel: (709) 864-8984
Fax: (709) 864-3119
email: ypottiesherm[at]mun[dot]ca

Sustainable Communities & Regions

Society, Knowledge & Values


Dr. Yolande Pottie-Sherman is an Assistant Professor in Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland and co-lead of the Adaptive Cities & Engagement (ACE) Space, a research lab promoting social justice and inclusivity in small cities. She is an urban and political geographer who writes primarily about human migration.

Her research interests include the political economy of migration, urban change, and local immigration activism – particularly in the American Rust Belt and Atlantic Canada. Currently, she is working on a SSHRC funded project entitled, “Immigration, urban change, the contemporary Rust Belt,” and researching present-day community-relocation movements in Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond for a project on “Resettlement in Global Context” with Dr. Isabelle Côté.

She is particularly interested in supervising students working in the areas of human migration, especially on the topics of community relocation and population resettlement; local immigration policies and practices; and anti-immigrant attitudes. Current advisees are studying immigrant entrepreneurship and regional governance in Newfoundland and Labrador.

For a complete list of publications, please see her Google Scholar page.


Post-doc (2015) – Dartmouth College
PhD (2013) – University of British Columbia
MA (2008) – Queen’s University
BA (2006) – McGill University


GEOG 3620 – International Migration
GEOG 3701 – Urban Geography
GEOG 4700 – Seminar in Advanced Urban Geography
GEOG 6800 – Urban Geography (Graduate)


Pottie-Sherman, Y. 2019. Rust and reinvention: Im/migration and urban change in the American Rust Belt. Geography Compass. DOI:10.1111/gec3.12482.

Côté, I. & Y. Pottie-Sherman. 2019. The contentious politics of development-induced resettlement programs in Western democracies: Evidence from Canada. Canadian Journal of Political Science. doi:10.1017/S0008423919000921.

Pottie-Sherman, Y. & N. Lynch. 2019. Gaming on the edge: Mobile labour and global talent in Atlantic Canada's video game industry. The Canadian Geographer. DOI: 10.1111/cag.12522.

Pottie-Sherman, Y. 2018. Retaining international students in northeast, Ohio: Opportunities and Challenges in the ‘Age of Trump.’ Geoforum. 96: 32-40.

Pottie-Sherman, Y. 2018. Austerity urbanism and the promise of immigrant-and refugee-centered urban revitalization in the U.S. Rust Belt. Urban Geography. 39(3): 438-457.

Côté, I., Pottie-Sherman, Y. 2018. Op-ed: What if resettlement meant moving people to rural Newfoundland. CBC.ca. Jan. 6.

Pottie-Sherman, Y. & R. Wilkes. 2017. Does size really matter? On the relationship between immigrant group size and anti-immigrant prejudice. International Migration Review. 51(1): 218-250.

Panesar, N., Y. Pottie-Sherman & R. Wilkes. 2017. The Komagata through a media lens. Racial, economic, and political threat in newspaper coverage of the 1914 Komagata Maru affair. Canadian Ethnic Studies. 49(1): 85-101.

Lynch, N. and Y. Pottie-Sherman. 2017. Urban spatialities beyond gentrification and gated communities. In Bain, A. & Peake, L. (Eds.) Urbanization in a Global Context: A Canadian Perspective. Oxford University Press Canada.

Pottie-Sherman, Y. & R. Wilkes. 2016. Visual media and the construction of the benign Canadian border on National Geographic’s “Border Security.” Social & Cultural Geography. 17(1): 81-100.

Pottie-Sherman, Y. & D. Hiebert. 2015. Authenticity with a bang: Exploring suburban culture and migration through the new phenomenon of the Richmond night market. Urban Studies. 52(3): 538-554.

Pottie-Sherman, Y. & R. Wilkes. 2014. Good code bad code: Exploring the immigration-nation dialectic through media coverage of the Hérouxville ‘Code of Life document.’ Migration Studies. 2(2): 189-211.

Pottie-Sherman, Y. 2013. Vancouver’s Chinatown Night Market: Gentrification and the perception of Chinatown as a form of revitalization. Built Environment. 39(2): 172-189.

Pottie-Sherman, Y. 2012. Talent for citizenship and the American Dream: The U.S. as outlier in the global race for talent. Journal of International Migration and Integration. 14(3): 557-575.


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