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)
Lynch, N. 2023. Borrowing Spaces: The Geographies of ‘Libraries of Things’ in the Canadian Sharing Economy, Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, https://doi.org/10.1111/tesg.12548
Lynch, N. 2022. Unbuilding the city: Deconstruction and the circular economy in Vancouver, Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, doi.org/10.1177/0308518X221116891
Lynch, N. 2021. Remaking the obsolete: Critical geographies of contemporary adaptive reuse, Geography Compass, https://doi.org/10.1111/gec3.12605
Costa, E. Lynch, N. 2021. Sense of Place on the Periphery: Exploring the Spatial Practices of the Creative Class in St. John’s. Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 30(2). 1-22.
Lynch, N., and LeDrew, R. 2020. Adaptations on the Edge: Post-secular placemaking and the adaptive reuse of worship space in Newfoundland, Social and Cultural Geography. doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2020.1737961
Ley, D. and Lynch, N. 2020. The Social Geography of Uneven Incomes in Metropolitan Vancouver, in Grant, J et al., Changing Neighbourhoods: Social and Spatial Polarization in Canadian Cities. University of British Columbia Press.
Pottie-Sherman, Y. and Lynch, N., (2019) Gaming on the Edge: Mobile labour and global talent in Atlantic Canada’s video game industry, Canadian Geographer. DOI - 10.1111/cag.12522.
Sajid, Z. & N. Lynch. (2018) Financial modelling strategies for Social Life Cycle Assessment: A project appraisal of biodiesel production and sustainability in Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada, Sustainability, 10 (3289), 1-19.
Hobson, K., Lynch, N., Lilley, D., and Smalley, G. (2017) Systems of practice and the Circular Economy: Transforming mobile phone product service systems, Environmental Innovations and Societal Transitions, 26, 1-11.
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. 2021 ‘Chapter 6: Spaces of Division: Gentrification, gated communities and beyond’, in Bain, A. and L. Peake, (eds.) Globalization in an Urban Context, 2nd Edition Oxford University Press: Toronto. 173-189.
Ley, D., and Lynch, N. 2020. 'Socio-Spatial Income Polarisation in the Vancouver Metropolian Area, 1970-2010', in Grant, J., Walks, A., and Ramos, H., (eds.) Changing neighbourhoods: social and spatial polarisation in Canada's cities, UBC Press: Vancouver.
Lynch, N. and Pottie-Sherman, Y. (2019) 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.